The Great Incarceration

end of hallAs my friend Honour has pointed out, I haven’t mentioned the major change coming into the lives of my 3 cats. They aren’t going to like it.

As I mentioned recently, I am going to gut the entire kitchen and part of the breakfast room. It’s a major undertaking. It will be a mess. Lots of noise. Workmen. Dust. Noise. Open doors. Noise. Stress. We are expecting this to take 3 months at a minimum. And that doesn’t include painting the new walls and staining the new molding.

Most people ask us what we are planning to do about eating since we won’t have a stove, sink, dishwasher, floor and counters. I *think* we will have the refrigerator in the dining room, and maybe a microwave. I’m not too worried about the whole food thing. It’s spring, almost summer. We have a grill on the deck. We have lots of restaurants we like. We have restaurants that deliver. Maybe we’ll even get lucky and have friends who invite us to eat at THEIR homes. ๐Ÿ™‚ No, what worries ME are the cats.

hallway to stairsTwo of my cats are, no nice way to put it, old. They will both be 16 in August. Not only are they set in their ways, but the white one is totally neurotic. Extremely. The gray one is not as crazy, but not 100% well-balanced either (of course, can you say ANY cat is 100% well-balanced?). The black one, the child of my old age, *grin*, is wonderful, but very active and needs to be wherever I am. Henceforth they will be known as WC, GC, and BC. ๐Ÿ™‚

There is NO WAY I can leave the 3 of them loose in the house while the workmen are here. The cats don’t want to be near strangers and noise and the workmen don’t want them around either. 3 months is too long to board. I can’t lock them in the basement because (1) the workmen will need access to the basement and (2) the door they will use opens on the basement landing. So the cats need to be locked up. Now probably most of you who own cats say what’s the big deal, you lock them up during the day while the work is going on and you let them out at night while you are home. That does sound reasonable, if you overlook the time when our friends took that approach and their cat got shut behind the dry wall. They had to rip out the new wall to get the cat out. But still, many people would take that approach.

bathroom and little room doorsMy cats are NOT reasonable, not by any stretch of the imagination. If it were ONLY BC, not a problem – she even comes when we call. WC – she is nuts. We are going to have one chance to grab WC and GC and that’s it. They don’t like to be held or picked up. If we ever let them out of being locked up, they will hide and we will never find them again. Or not in time. Or not safely. So we will grab them once (my husband has been told he has to grab WC, I’m grabbing GC) and we will shove them into their restricted quarters and there they will stay until such time as we deem it safe to release them.

Obviously we cannot lock up 3 cats for 3 months in 1 room. First, the 2 big cats have issues at times with BC (you know, pesky kid sister and all that). Second – the food, water and litter boxes need to be considered as well. Add that to the 3 cats and you have one crowded room. Had the basement been a viable option it would have been fine – there is a DOOR to the basement. We can’t confine them on the first floor – that’s where the work is happening. The second floor is the solution EXCEPT ….. there’s no door to the 2nd floor.

top of stairsWe are building a door in the upstairs hall. There is no good place to put a door – the hallway is filled with doorways that do not align. We have steep steps. We need the light and air from the window at the end of the hallway. We are building a door, at an angle, with consideration for light and air, and seeing what’s on the other side before we open it. That way the girls will have access to every room on the 2nd floor – plenty of places to hide, water & food in one room, litter boxes in another room, bed to hide under in a third room, and so on. Room to avoid each other. And BC can sleep with me, as she always does. Once the construction is over, and the house is deemed safe for cathabitation, the prisoners will be released. But since they will miss us, we will be living upstairs also. Watching TV on the computer instead of the TV. Working from home from a bedroom instead of spread out on my dining room table. All 5 of us on the 2nd floor.

It’s going to be a very long summer. And none of us are going to like it.
The Great Barrier

12 Responses to “The Great Incarceration”


  1. 1 honourmcmillan May 24, 2018 at 9:51 am

    You do realize you’re giving them 3 months to PLAN your punishment? It should be very creative. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. 2 ahuva18 May 24, 2018 at 10:25 am

    At least I’m not locking them in a tiny cage and shoving it in a car and driving across the country for 8 days…..

  3. 3 honourmcmillan May 24, 2018 at 11:17 am

    That’s just mean …

  4. 4 ahuva18 May 24, 2018 at 2:25 pm

    it is. ๐Ÿ™‚ otoh – you keep telling them it was MY fault. which is why i can’t come and visit…..

  5. 5 Debbie Cohn May 24, 2018 at 5:03 pm

    ROFL at your exchange with Honour. The door is brilliant. And the cats WILL be pissed off for 3 months (really? that long??) Whose cat got shut into the dry wall?

  6. 6 ahuva18 May 24, 2018 at 5:30 pm

    Jack & Thea

  7. 7 ourascribe May 29, 2018 at 11:55 am

    Brilliant – great idea with the door. ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. 8 David W. Levine May 31, 2018 at 1:14 am

    Are you allocating the necessary time for all three cats to be in view at the same time? Our Gracie is capable of quantum tunneling to unknown realms when we need to take her to the vet. There one moment, vanished the next, and utterly and deeply vanished. With one cat, this is merely annoying, with three… Do let us know how long it takes….

  9. 9 ahuva18 May 31, 2018 at 7:57 am

    Getting WC and GC to the vet requires days of prep work and then a sneak attack. We don’t take them at the same time because we cannot capture them simultaneously. We book their appointments a week apartment. BC is my baby and comes when we call. ๐Ÿ™‚
    WC is capable of stepping into an adjoining plane of reality and vanishing. This is why they are incarcerated on the 2nd floor. We have ascertained that all of the portals to parallel universes occur in the basement.


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