Only the best for my girls – I called a cab (we think a limousine would have been more appropriate /Kajsa) to be faster at the airport. They were meowing their way to the airport, but were silent when we arrived. Finnair’s ground staff was very friendly; they admired the Queens, and took me through the procedure.
A security guy checked their carriers at the bulky luggage counter (BAH! We are Queens, not bulky luggage!). It was really helpful that I had taken their leashes with me; otherwise, it would have been very difficult to hold them. Nevertheless, Kajsa hurt me and whipped the leash out of my hand (hehe, humans are not smarter than cats), but I caught her right away (Embarrassing. No comment.) Hallelujah.
The big moment was finally there: I had to leave them. I was hysterical and started crying. Oops. The staff comforted me, and told me again that they’re taking good care of my babies. I was so thankful for their kind words. I mean, they’re shipping pets every day, but they took their time and were patient with me.
I had difficulties to trust them anyways. When I was boarding (more…)
By the way – my trip to Germany wasn’t my first flight. I was travelling to Canada earlier this week to celebrate Canada Day become even more powerful. I visited the Cats From Hell, and they conferred their title on me! So now I’m a Cat From Hell myself!! You’re wondering how I made this happen? Well, I participated in their weekly Finish the Sentence Game and I won! My sentence was I also want to become a Cat From Hell, so on my visit to Canada, you’ve to bestow this title on me!
So… now to the important part. Kajsa and I are having great plans (more…)
Dear feline friends, please be very careful if your human is an immigrant. Those damn foreigners! Mamma was becoming all patriotic, and travelled to her country of origin. Good for her, but why did she take us with her?? We were perfectly happy in Finland!
It gets even worse – she’s neglecting us our freedom of speech! I’d like to write a long post on our trauma, but Mamma says she doesn’t want to blog all day. After all, she came to Germany to hang out with her family, and not with her computer. Bah! Ok, she’s promised that we get to blog every day, but that’s not enough!
I don’t know her password (unbelievable, it’s neither (more…)
Waiting at my gate for boarding. I’m too tired to be nervous, so that’s good. The girls are checked in. Kajsa tried to run away when the security guy checked her box. Tessa’s box fell. It was my fault. Nothing happened to her. Hallelujah.
I hope I can catch some sleep on the plane, too tired to write right now. I’ll continue blogging whilst we’re in Germany, and I’ll update my Facebook page when we get to my parents’ flat.
I hope that being on an airplane / abroad is as exciting as my neighbor’s garden, but who do I try to fool. I’m getting very nervous, 2 days until our summer vacation!
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I don’t have a car, but public transportation is very good here. I never felt the urge of getting a car until my girls moved in. For some odd reason, all vets are difficult to reach. Well, not really difficult, but I don’t want to change busses with two cats. I neither want to walk for more than a few minutes with them, so I had to come up with something.
I admit that I’m quite satisfied with myself, because I had a brilliant idea. I bought on Ebay an old pram for 10€ (11$). The closest vet is a 20 minutes’ walk from my place – no problem when I put their carriers in the pram.
I love that I can use the pram regardless of the weather. It has a rain cover so my girls won’t get wet. I can cover their carriers with blankets if it’s really cold.
And best of all – you do entertain your neighborhood when you’re taking your cats for a walk!
So we’ll be travelling, and yes, I’m terrified. It wasn’t an easy decision, but I decided to give it a try. I had two alternatives for this summer
Visit my parents for 1 week and get a cat sitter.
Take my girls with me and stay for 6 weeks
6 weeks are a very long time, and I don’t know when I’ll get this opportunity again. I miss my family, and I’d love to spend as much time as possible with them. I’ll never know whether my girls are ok with flying if I don’t give it a try. If it works out, I’ll do it again. If it doesn’t, I won’t. I’m pretty sure that they’ll easily adjust to my parent’s flat: they only needed 30 minutes to feel comfortable at my place when I got them from the shelter – even though they hardly knew me. That’s why I believe that they’ll be fine as long as I’m with them.
The flight is only 2.5 hours, but it’d take us 3-4 days to travel by car, because we need to cross the Baltic Sea. The flight wouldn’t stress me if I could take my girls to the cabin. Unfortunately, (more…)
We’re really feeling sorry for Mamma’s father. There’s no cure for this destiny: being a human. We overheard what he said to Mamma the other day:
After you got cats, I’m seriously considering if I should convert to buddhism. You know, reincarnation is suddenly a tempting idea: I’d love to be reborn as your cat! I’d sleep as much as I want, I’ll get petted as much as I want – and when I decide I don’t want to cuddle anymore, I’ll just hiss and go away. I can be selfish and naughty, and get away with it, because I’m so cute. Only one thing is bothering me – would you neuter me?
Indeed, we’re quite satisfied with our life. We got our own shelf
So Detective Mamma has a new enemy: ticks. Sigh. As for fleas: they’re luckily very rare in Finland, so it’s unlikely my girls will catch them.
I sometimes catch those bastards earlier, sometimes later… this fat tick was on the bathroom floor, so Tessa was apparently hosting a guest for several days. Eek. I was a bit naive, I didn’t think of ticks when we started to go out. That’s probably why I didn’t see this one before it was on the floor.
It’d been better if Kajsa was the one who likes to go out, because it’s difficult to spot ticks in Tessa’s fur. Tessa is also really picky about her belly. I manage to search for ticks with my hands, but it’d been easier if I could use my eyes as well.
I’m a newbie to ticks, but so far, the best tool for removing ticks was a lice comb. Ticks are often crawling for 2-3 hours in their search for the perfect spot – I’ve been combing them out before they bite.
I know, there’re several methods to prevent ticks, (more…)