A Tail of Two Kitties

I haven't had time to talk about cats, but I do now!
Moving cross-country with a bitchy kitty could have been a nightmare, but looking back, it was pretty rad!
For starters, I got a direct flight on Virgin Air.  Apparently they are the most lenient in terms of bringing a cat into the cabin. I simply checked-in at the counter before my flight, payed an extra fee of $100, and requested security screening in a private room - in case she tried to make a break for it - they even printed out a boarding pass for my Samus. No one ever asked to see that pass though, probably because everyone was blown away by her awesome carrying case!



At first, I thought they were a joke. When I realized they were a legit pet-carrying cases, and the dimensions fit under the airplane seat, I immediately bought one for both my cat, and my girlfriend's, just in time to bring our cats to Cali! They are very well made, comfy inside and out, and sensibly priced! Sammy kept her head in the bubble, looking out wherever we went, much to the delight of everyone in the airport terminals, security lines, and rental car shuttles. I put pet liners inside, and checked on her a few times in-flight, in case she peed, or worse... but ultimately that wasn't necessary! She slept through most of the flight. and held her bladder until I arrived at my sisters and set up her litter box.
My sister has a cat too, and it was easy enough to keep them apartment by keeping her cat in the bedroom. The real challenge was when Michelle arrived with her cat and we had to divide a one-bedroom into three spaces!
Thanks to the timely arrival of my bed, we used it as a room divider while apartment hunting in LA. We set up a pile of my boxes and snowboard, arranging a yoga mat as a doorway between the kitchen and living room. That pretty much did the trick and while they were clearly aware of each other's presence, they only managed the occasional peek, and stayed apart.
Oh, hai!
When we finally decided on a place and moved in, we used our boxes again to block off the hallway, and used a closet to get from the bedroom to the living, but after a couple weeks and one particularly nasty jail break (Samus raced into the living room and immediately began doing battle with Michelle's cat, Ipi), we decided to get a baby gate to keep Samus away, but still use the hall and let the kitties swat at each other safely.
After a month of that, the cats finally got used to each other enough to leave the door open, and after four months, we got rid of it entirely. Now, I would absolutely recommend a security gate for pets or tiny humans.

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