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7/31/16 1:36 P

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Our pets are our children and we try to make their life the best it can be. The strangeness of a new environment might cause Bella is bark at first, but once she gets familiar with the sounds, she'll be at home. As long as she sees you and how calm you are she'll chill.

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7/31/16 1:11 P

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Love your cat tower! I will definitely keep in mind your suggestions. Larry does have his claws (I just cannot see handicapping a cat with declawing)--because of the two surgeries on his shoulder (cancer removal), his jumping is not all that it was, but he manages pretty well, and he does like a tower Fortunately my dog is pretty restrained around him so he doesn't have to worry about her jumping on him. The main concern I have with Bella is that she might be tempted to bark in a strange environment but the apartment I'm looking at is on a corner and so may have a little less noise (well, I am moving into a retirement community so it isn't as if it is terribly noisy to begin with). The good news is that my brother will be living relatively close so I can always have him doggy sit every so often to give Bella a little extra diversion. I know some people think I'm worrying too much about Larry and Bella, but they are all I have (aside from my brother) and they have been good and faithful friends to me through difficult health challenges (for me). I want them to be happy, or I won't be happy...but I am sure everyone on this forum would understand that.

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7/31/16 1:00 P

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So glad you are planning on keeping them together even in a smaller environment. They will adjust (probably better than you will). Cats adjust easily, and as long as they have a window and tall perch somewhere ... they're easy maintenance. The dog on the other hand at the age it is, will probably do better than you anticipate. Take the dog for walks around the complex for exercise and then when indoors it will be glad to just rest.

Does Larry still have his claws? Get a perch with a scratching post to entertain.

Sorry I couldn't be more more help.

Laura


This is a tower we have for our two indoor kitties. We keep it central in the house so they have a view of all surroundings and what's going on.

Edited by: LAC936 at: 7/31/2016 (13:01)
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7/31/16 9:39 A

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Thank you. The one good thing is that both animals are pretty calm (probably an age thing). I'm pretty sure the first instinct Larry (the cat) will have is to hide while Bella (the dog) will be interested in checking out all the new smells (the place I'm considering has nice walking areas). I just want them to be reassured that I am not abandoning them and they will be as safe there as I have tried to make them here. They are both rescue animals so they have some insecurity issues that we've worked on over the years.

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7/31/16 9:33 A

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Wish I had some suggestions. But do wish you good luck!

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7/31/16 9:04 A

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At the beginning of 2017 I am thinking of selling my house and moving into a retirement community. The community allows pets and I have an older dog (14 years old) and a cat (11 years old, who has survived two bouts with cancer). I want to take them with me, but I realize the studios that are available in my price range are considerably smaller than my house (my house is 900 sq. ft. and the studios are about half that). This pair has never been moved by me before so I need some suggestions how to make moving into this much smaller space easier on them. It is going to be a big adjustment for all of us, so any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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