Angry, Foaming Kitties

August 18, 2010

Our move was one of the funniest things that has happened to us in a while. We left Sunday morning. I took 3 cats and Bella in the SUV, and Sam took a cat and the rat in the giant UHaul. (Yes, we have four cats. No, we are not crazy.)

Remember how I said UHaul upgraded us to a 26′ over a 17′ because they didn’t have a 17′?

Yeah. :/ That upgrade meant we got a UHaul that looked as if we were moving a small circus – not a 2 bedroom home. Surprisingly? We needed the extra space. We have that much crap – how sad is that?

View from my car

So once everyone (and thing) was loaded in, our walkie talkies (W/T for short) had batteries, and both us us had food and water, we headed out. All I could think of the entire time was, “The UHaul is going to tip over and I am going to watch Sam fall off a cliff.” But he did awesome driving that sucker – only once did it really lean to the side and after a mild heart attack I was fine.

With the walkie talkies, we got to chat the whole way. We bought them when we moved from San Diego to here 3 years ago – the drive then was 2 days and we only needed a 10′ UHaul back then. (At one point in this marriage we only needed a pickup truck and Jetta to move. Talk about accumulation.)

Bella immediately fell asleep, but the kitties were a mess. First, they HATE the car. Hate it. And they hate being in their cages even more. So behind me were a chorus of unhappy meows – for 3 straight hours. It was pretty funny at one point because they all took turns.

Sam let me listen to his kitty, Mews, on the speaker since she was a disaster and beyond terrified, and then got back on the W/T to tell me that, “Mews has no color in her eyes. She looks like she just licked a toad.”

I almost wet my pants laughing at that one.

My oldest kitty, Jynx, was out of the cage and on the passenger floorboard. I thought he was doing great – just hanging out – and I had the air conditioner on to keep them all cool. Suddenly, he pulls himself up onto the seat, barely making it up, pants, lays down, looks up at me, and I see this:

Jynx and the Foam

I freak out. Obviously my cat has contracted rabies somewhere along the way. I tell Sam, “Jynxie is foaming at the mouth.”

There is a pause and then, “What?”

I repeat myself and try to drive while watching Jynx for signs of madness. He looks very unhappy, and begins to foam more. It’s long and stringy and all shiny. Ew.

“He did this before,” Sam says into the speaker. “From California, and he got so overheated we stuck him in the ice chest – remember?”

I do, and this is reassuring. My cat is not rabid, just hot. I point the air directly on him.

However, the foam is getting out of control. It’s everywhere, and it’s nasty. Jynx attempts to crawl into my lap, and I push him away and touch the foam.

“Aaaah!” I shriek into the speaker. “He got foam on me and it’s not coming off. He’s foaming all over the car!”

He really did get it everywhere. The seat was all shiny, his neck and head, the console in the middle. I couldn’t get it off anything, so I grabbed Bella’s hat and began trying to wipe it off his face, which made him angrier.

Once he began meowing, things picked up in the back with the other two, who believed they were going to die in their cages.

I now had 3 angry kitties – one of which was a foaming mess.

Realizing I needed to drive and clean up later, I let him continue to foam while trying to push him to the floor – so he could just do it on the mat. He didn’t budge and I gave up.

We finally got to our apartment, where the kitties hid in the bathroom and hissed at each other for the next 2 days.

Kitchen/Hall to Bedroom

Once we got everything unloaded and up the three flights of stairs- thanks to my brother, his friend, and girlfriend, and two of the most awesome moving guys ever – I just sat and surveyed the damage.

Notice how amazing I looked (hello mascara) and how tired Bella was.


And now? We’re unpacking and getting everything set up in here. I love our new little place.

The kitties still have some adjusting to do. I think we’re all praying we don’t have to do this again for a while.


  • Melodramamma

    August 24, 2010 at 6:51 pm

    I have been reading/following from my phone lately and haven’t commented. I have been super curious about all the password protected posts. BUT very wise of you. I imagine it’s pictures and your location and I totally support you for doing that speaks the woman who wrote about the blogging mommy murderer : )

    Anyway, congrats on the move! I LOVE this picture of you and bella. I think the expression on your face perfectly sums up your story. Foaming kitten! How horrible, gross, funny. I’ve had cats before but never knew they could foam at the mouth. Anyway, YAY for the move being behind you. And, hope things get more peaceful now that you’re in your new place. And, one more thing, the picture of the scenery as you drive is absolutely stunning.

  • Jamie

    August 24, 2010 at 12:16 pm

    I have been a reader for a long time now and was wondering if I could get a password to view protected posts. If you need any information from me just ask.

  • Carlyn

    August 19, 2010 at 5:53 am

    New reader! Anywho… I moved from NJ, to NC with 5 cats all freaking out. Moved back to NJ With 2 cats and a dog… all freaking out Thats a total of 18 hours of a bunch of pissed off cats in cages AND I had them drugged it didnt help one bit. Now Im back up to 4 cats and a dog, and if we move again it better be 10 mins down the road. In other words.. I understand!

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  • Janelle

    August 18, 2010 at 8:20 pm

    My goodness, this makes me glad we don’t have animals…just a short trip in the car with the two boys is crazy enough! At least Bella is a good traveler….

  • Christine @ Sugar Plum Treasures

    August 18, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    I am crying from laughing so hard. As a veterinarian I have heard some hilaroius stories about traveling with cats – but the ice chest may be the funniest I have ever heard.

  • Lisa1996

    August 18, 2010 at 2:32 pm

    I used to have a cat that did the foaming at the mouth thing every time she got in the car. It didn’t matter if it was hot or cold, she just hated the car and foaming at the mouth was her reaction. It totally freaked me out the first time I saw it. It also made a 12 hour drive moving up the East Coast with her a joy.

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  • Sarah

    August 18, 2010 at 2:08 pm

    Cats do hate moving, change, pretty much everything. Maybe that was just mine though?

  • Jen

    August 18, 2010 at 1:32 pm

    Okay, that was funny. But, I only know it’s funny because I wasn’t there. If I had cat foam on me and all over my car…I would not be laughing. I hope the unpacking goes smoothly (and honestly, 3 flights of stairs???!!!!) and you guys get settled in. May it be your last move for a while!!

  • stephanie

    August 18, 2010 at 1:17 pm

    I hate moving! But this was sooooo funny!!!!!

  • mama23bears

    August 18, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    ya’ll are experienced movers if you know to put the cat in the cooler 🙂 LOL that is some funny shiz mama! happy you made it safe & sound!!

  • Not There Yet

    August 18, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    Sounds like an adventure! My dogs love the car. They all just hang out. BUT they do require the ENTIRE back seat and the floor.
    Welcome to your new home.

  • Jess@Straight Talk

    August 18, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    Oh my gosh. Cat in an ice chest? That is HILARIOUS. I’m glad you guys made it ok and the walkie talkies are a GREAT idea!

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