How Do Cats Survive a Remodel? Take a Look at Pia!

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I have 3 cats. Or rather, 3 cats own me. One has kidney disease, and he just turned 17. He's a grumpy old cat, but I love him to pieces. He was flown to Sacramento from Minneapolis, and he almost missed the flight because ground temperatures can't exceed maximums on arrival, and we all know hot Sacramento can be in the summer. He's lived here six years now.

The other two are Ocicats. I got Pica from a breeder in Orange County. She was ready to let him go because he was marbled, and only spotted Ocicats can be shown. I thought Pica would make a good companion for my older Somali. But my Somali thought Pica was a young whippersnapper who required too much energy to entertain.

Enter the picture: Pia. She was a breeder, 18-months-old and finally spayed when she came to live with us several years ago. She keeps Pica in line and rules the roost around here, even though she's about half his size.

Pia has always been her daddy's cat. She loves my husband. She sits on his lap every chance she gets and sleeps with him at night.

This remodel has been hard on her. Everything is moved around in her Land Park home; little is familiar to her, strange men have come into the house, and none of them is her daddy. He's gone. She doesn't know where he is or when he is coming home.

As a result, she has cuddled up to the electric knife sharpener that I have so carelessly tossed on a chair. If she can't have her daddy, she can have a piece of equipment he has touched. Poor kitty. Isn't she sweet looking?

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Elizabeth Weintraub is co-partner of Weintraub & Wallace Team of Top Producing Realtors, an author, home buying expert at The Balance, a Land Park resident, and a veteran real estate agent who specializes in older, classic homes in Land Park, Curtis Park, Midtown, Carmichael and East Sacramento, as well as tract homes in Elk Grove, Natomas, Roseville and Lincoln. Call Elizabeth Weintraub at 916.233.6759. Put our combined 80 years of real estate experience to work for you. Broker-Associate at RE/MAX Gold. DRE License # 00697006.

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Charlie Ragonesi - Big Canoe, GA
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Today seems to be an animal day on the blogs. Love the picture and the post. We have a feral cat that has adopted us so we are kind of cat folks too. Thanks for the post

Jul 30, 2008 02:05 AM #1
Jeanean Gendron
The Address Realty - Redding, CA
Specializing in Selling Unique Properties

Elizabeth, are going to make me cry. Can't her Daddy come get her? I think so!

Jul 30, 2008 02:20 AM #2
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%
RE/MAX Gold - Sacramento, CA
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Hi Charlie: Animal day? I'll have to poke around because I hadn't noticed it. I love photos of pets.

Hi Jeanean: Oh, her daddy is probably somewhere in Denver today, on his way to trek the Great Basin in Nevada.

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Jul 30, 2008 02:26 AM #3
Steve Loynd
Alpine Lakes Real Estate Inc., - Lincoln, NH
800-926-5653, White Mountains NH

 Elizabeth, this is Thor (named by my son), and he is always willing to stand on his hind legs and beg, we call it tricks for treats. Mr. Thor is a 17 pound Cat, who thinks he's a dog. Steve

Jul 30, 2008 02:40 AM #4
Debi Ernst
St. Charles County, Missouri - Prudential Alliance Realtors - O'Fallon, MO
GRI, e-PRO, Broker/Sales Associate

Awww!  What a beautiful kitty!  I feel sorry for her.  I hope the work gets finished soon and her daddy comes home quickly...  :)

Jul 30, 2008 02:40 AM #5
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

Pets like children gravitate to the familiar, especially since now so much is uprooted in your house Elizabeth. It's nice you are paying attention to Pia's needs. That shows something good about YOU. Of course I already picked up on that. I'm just pointing that out to your other readers ; ) BTW, having a 17 yr old cat is amazing. Cherish that one while with you. That is a partnership in your life from Minneapolis that has been a significant chunk of time.

Jul 30, 2008 03:58 AM #6
Erin Stumpf (Attardi)
Coldwell Banker - Sacramento, CA
916-342-1372 / DRE# 01706589 Sacramento, CA

I think cats are extremely sensitive to work around the house.  We had 4 growing up, and they never reacted well to strangers being around or items being rearranged.  My hubby and I have three dogs, and when we did our addition and remodel to our current house, they did not seem to care all that fact, I think they really liked having all the new faces in and around!

Jul 30, 2008 06:12 AM #7
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Homes Arizona Real Estate LLC - Mesa, AZ

Elizabeth, you are such a good mommy. I remember loving animals until I got pregnant.....and then had children and then THEY had pets, and "I" took care of them too, and now? I have one animal only - my husband. AND I like that! ;-)


Jul 30, 2008 10:48 AM #8
Jesse & Kathy Clifton
Jesse Clifton & Associates, REALTORS® - Fairbanks, AK

Awww... poor Pia is missing her daddy.  No doubt she'll be glad when all the remodel stuff is over. 

I am LMAO at Terri... that's priceless.

Jul 30, 2008 11:59 AM #9
Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

You should love my daughter because she also loves cats.  She'd down to two because one got lost but she's very prone to adopting a new one because there is a "vacancy" in the house.  She doesn't need to get near an animal shelter or a cat comes home with her.

Jul 30, 2008 12:56 PM #10
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%
RE/MAX Gold - Sacramento, CA
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Hi Steve: I love your cat, Thor. He looks very much like my cat from many years ago, back in the 1970s. I named him Peanuts. I'm not even going to tell you what the neighbors thought his name was when I called for him to come home.

Hi Debi: She's got her buddy, Pica, to keep her company. And she gets plenty of pets, cuddles and special treats from me. She's a resilient cat. But I know that she misses her daddy.

Hi Gary: I relate to animals very well. In fact, I like most of them better than I like people!

Hi Erin: Heck. Cats don't even like it when you bring in a new piece of furniture. Furniture needs to be introduced in a calm and accepting manner to cats. Their world is about one foot off the ground.

Hi Teri: I could not imagine being without a pet. Much as I love my husband, he's not furry and forgiving of all things.

Hi Jesse: Everybody will be glad when the remodel is over, most of all ME.

Hi Barbara: My husband didn't want 3 cats at all. He was happy with one or two. I'd get a dog except I'm not home enough to properly take care of a dog.

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Jul 30, 2008 01:34 PM #11
Lena Ho

Your cat is cute! But your poor cat is missing his/her daddy.:( (Is it a boy or girl?)

Mar 08, 2009 07:51 AM #12
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%
RE/MAX Gold - Sacramento, CA
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Hi Lena: Pia is a she. Pia is short for Olympia. She's an ocicat -- a domestic breed. She was owned by a breeder, and for the first 18 months of her life was a mama, over and over, but she retired from breeding. Good breeders don't breed their cats forever. So she was available for adoption after spaying, and I flew her from Orange County to the Oakland Airport (because it was too hot in the summer to fly her to Sacramento). I picked her up and drove her to Sacramento. She now rules the roost and is the boss of my other two male cats, although she's about half their size.

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