Clara the Cat explores her new home

by Mallary Tenore Tarpley

For those of you who don’t know, I moved into a townhouse with my boyfriend Troy this week. It’s an exciting but busy time, and there’s still a lot of unpacking to do before we can feel settled. I couldn’t be happier, though. I plan to write more about the move in the coming weeks.

For now, I’ll give you a glimpse of what the experience was like for my cat Clara. When we moved furniture out of my old apartment, I thought Clara had gotten outside. I couldn’t find her anywhere and started to worry that she was wandering around outside, unable to fend for herself. Eventually, I found her hiding underneath a shelf in my closet and my spirits lifted a little. (Panic attack averted!)

It’s nearly impossible to get her into a cat carrier, so Troy and I had to find another way to bring her from my old apartment to our new place. We ended up putting her in Troy’s motorcycle helmet bag, which she often climbs into. Troy put the bag in his lap and consoled her in the passenger seat as I drove. Here’s a video of us introducing her to her new home. Like us, she’s adjusting. Day by day.