The cat lady said to put the cats in one room and leave them there for a few days until they got used to their new surroundings.
They would be scared.
They would get lost. You know, because cats are 1) stupid and 2)our 80 year old house is so enormous.
Cat#1, so afraid of being around her person.
Houdini broke out of the furnace room in 30 seconds. I turned around in the kitchen and saw her behind me. I went back down to the basement and saw that I had indeed, closed the furnace room. I put her back in and closed the door again.
Two minutes later, she was back upstairs.
I took her back down and she broke out again.
I took her back down and watched what she did.
There is a 5" hole in the corner by the laundry room where the chimney used to be.
I closed the laundry room door and blocked the hole to the laundry room with one of SH's 300 boxes of wine, because I don't want the cats in the laundry room with the detergent, bleach, paint, turpentine and chocolate -- they can buy their own chocolate, but surrendered and left the furnace room door open. Obviously, these cats were not so traumatized by the move that they vanted to be left alone.
Indeed, all Cat #1 (Thelma?) wanted to do was to sit in my lap and purr. Cat #2 (Louise? or is naming the cats after a couple of suicidal troublemakers who couldn't drive through Texas for a reason that was never specified not a good idea?) held back, sitting on top of one of SH's big speaker boxes that is and has been empty for a while but you never know when you'll need a good box.
What are some good girl cat names? I can think of all kinds of good boy-girl names, like Heloise and Abelard. Tristan and Isold. Adam and Eve. Sonny and Cher. Even boy and boy, like Tom and Jerry. There are some non-sex-specific names, like Strange and Charm. But girl and girl? Gertrude and Alice? Madonna and Britney? I think not.