Thursday, August 2, 2012

Cat is my co-pilot.

Meet Kameko. You're going to hear much more about her. She's been my furry companion for the last 10+ years. I adopted her from the SPCA in Houston in January 2002 when she was about 6 months old. She stuck with my through the move to Boston in 2004, and I'm hoping she sticks with me through the move to Alaska!

Kameko and Katy on the way to Kape Kod, August 2012

Kameko is a special cat. She's very affectionate... as long as she's comfortable. She doesn't have an aggressive bone in her body- you never have to worry about her biting or scratching. It's just not in her vocabulary. I bring her to my parents' house on Cape Cod at least once a month so she's no stranger to the car, but her experience has been mostly 3 hours (max) at a time. This is going to be like 60 hours... in just a few days.

I'm not too worried about how she'll be once we get to Juneau, but the trip there might be a little rough for a few reasons.

1. Staying in strange homes on the way. I think I'm going to work it out so that we have a place to stay every night on the way to Washington state. She can get very frightened in an alien environment so I think each place we stay will be a new experience in terror.

2. She gets car-sick sometimes. Yup. She pukes sometimes in the car. I wonder how many times she'll boot in 3,000 miles.

3. The ferry. Kitty must stay in the car for the entire 2 1/2 day sailing from Bellingham to Juneau, and I can only check on her only when we're in a port- which isn't too often.

4. I could kill her. She has a tendency to meow in the car pretty much constantly, and even after 2 hours going to Cape Cod, I can get pretty irritated. I kid. I get REALLY irritated.

Well, I have many ideas about how to make her comfortable on the way, and I'm sure I'm going to like having the company. :)

... and here's more Kameko (because she's so pretty!):

Kameko on the Catwalk


  1. Kameko!!

    I miss her.

  2. Dig the kitty on the catwalk. Go Katy! Ba Ram Ewe!

  3. I drove one of my cats across country and she hopped out of my arms going into my brother's house in Colorado and was gone. We searched for her everywhere, the neighbors warned us about cougars and having lost multiple cats. I had to leave without her. 3 months later found her pic on a humane society website. I drove all the way back to Colorado and got her!

    What i would have done differently: not force her to stay in a moving car for so long without ample breaks. And i probably wouldn't ever make her take that long a journey again, I'll stick to the plane!