So, I got a promotion and will be moving from Dodge City, KS to Grand Forks, ND in about three weeks. I've moved many times in the past, but this is my first one with professional movers. And with cats. Please help.
I last moved about five years ago, and have adopted two cats in that time period. Kaylee is five years old, and is the typical shy cat who hid underneath the bed for about a week when I first got her. Nimbus is four, and was initially more laid back when I adopted him. But Kaylee's shyness has rubbed off on him (I was hoping it would be the other way around, sigh). So they are both nervous around strangers.
Since my employer is paying for relocation, this will be a full service move with packing, loading, and everything. I also will be in temporary quarters for a month or two at my new location while I look for a new place, so my furniture will be in storage for a while.
Most of the advice I've read online, along with the consensus for this question
says to put the cats in a cleared out room that the movers are not allowed in. The problem is I live in a two bedroom, one bath duplex. The only room I can really clear out by myself and stick the cats in is the bathroom. I don't think I can deny the movers (and myself!) the use of the toilet while they are there. Plus the bathroom has two doors (one to the hall and one to my bedroom), Nimbus really doesn't like to be shut up anywhere, and is likely to bolt.
They will be safer if I just board them at the vets. However, they've never been boarded before, and I don't know how well they'll take being at the vets for an extended visit. If I do board them, after the movers leave and I'm still cleaning at the old place, is it a good idea to bring them back to an empty house, or will it just freak them out more? Otherwise they'd be going straight from the vet to a two day drive in a car, then a long hotel stay. That is bound to stress them out even more.
So, if anyone has any suggestions as to what to do with the kitties, they would be appreciated. Or any other tips on dealing with movers. I already have been told to get rid of used kitty litter and other trash, or else the movers will helpfully box it up and ship it for me.