Twin Cities Moves: The Too-Sneaky Cat

As one of the highest rated moving companies in the Twin Cities, we move a lot. We conduct moves almost every single day of the year, in every season. During Twin Cities moves, we deal with the whole range of temperature, from bone-numbing cold to burning heat. We’re no strangers to snow, either. All of this moving has left us with a lot of stories. After all, moving can be memorable! Everyone has a funny story about something that happened while they were moving. We just have lots of them. We’ve moved boxes full of creepy doll parts, and couches made out of 100% polished marble. Moving in the Twin Cities, you’ll run into all sorts of things.

Because of the special perspective moving gives us, we’ve gathered up some of our favorite stories. It’s hardly fair to keep all the good stuff to ourselves, right? Hopefully, reading some of the stories might also offer some valuable tips for your own upcoming moves.

College Muscle Movers doesn’t transport animals. Most moving companies don’t. However, that doesn’t mean the animals always follow the rules. The following is the story of the Too-Sneaky Cat.

Even napping, cats are sneaky.
Even napping, cats are sneaky.

Our movers arrived on a rainy spring day. Chilly, murky, wet— the works. It was a pretty simple move, just clearing out a small house and moving to a new one. The movers did a walk through and noticed a couple of cat-scratching posts strategically located around the house, but no sign of any cats. The customer assured them that the cat would be safely locked away in the bathroom for the duration of the move.

Anyway, everything started smoothly. The movers began with the boxes and some other furniture to clear a path to the bedrooms, and then things got a little hairy. After moving the mattress out, they noticed the box spring was a little heavy, but that happens. Furniture comes in all shapes and sizes.

It wasn’t until they set down the boxspring in the truck that they heard the yowling and the sudden furious scratching, and the newly woken cat scratched it’s way out of the underside of the box spring and ran out of the truck. The cat promptly ran back to the house, getting absolutely covered in mud before racing up a nearby tree. The movers took a short break to help the owners get their cat down, and then it was locked securely in the bathroom again. The move continued, with only some muddy pawprints left as evidence of the original escape. Everything was fine! Although, if you’ve ever had to bathe a dirty, angry cat, you’ll sympathize with the owners.

Anyway, the moral of the story is this: keep a close eye on your pets when you’re moving! Don’t give them an opportunity to run away. As stressful as it can be for you, it’s even more stressful for animals. They’re likely to be high-strung and anxious during a move, and keeping track of them will keep the moving process running as smoothly as possible. Plus, you can avoid the dubious pleasure of washing a muddy and unhappy pet.

Settling Your Dog In A New Home

Moving is stressful, no doubt about it. But if you have a dog (or dogs, plural) it can be just as stressful for them. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when thinking about moving dogs into your new home.

But really, don't let your dog drive a motorcycle. Unless they have a license.
Road warrior.

Keep Things Familiar

As much as possible, keep things normal and comfortable for your dog. Try to keep feeding them the same food. Use the same water bowl, and keep any favorite toys on hand. Trying to stuff your dog into a brand new crate or cage right before traveling for a move is practically guaranteed to stress them out.

Plan Transportation
Speaking of crates, you’ll need to plan on how you’re traveling with your dog. For short moves, it’s probably a non-issue, but if you’re moving cross-country, you might want to send the dogs by plane. Check carefully with your airline: most will help you figure out the best way to fly your dog.

Most people will choose to drive: it’s usually more familiar to the dog, and often cheaper besides. Plan ahead for food and water if you have a cross-country move coming up. You should also be ready to take lots of stops while you’re on the road, especially if your dog isn’t used to driving. Campgrounds will usually accept pets, and many hotel rooms will allow a dog to stay with you for an extra fee.

Veterinary Records!

Moving is when you want to make sure you have all of your pet’s medical documents on hand. Vaccinations, blood tests, history of surgeries: you’ll want all of this with you in case something happens while you’re moving. Additionally, you can save yourself a headache by choosing a new veterinarian in advance. This means you won’t be rushing around at the last minute worrying about that blue stuff your dog ate in the basement of the new house.

Dog Tags/ Microchips

Don’t forget to update all of the identifying personal information on your dog’s collar or microchip. If your dog doesn’t use a collar or identifying tags, now is a good time to start: you can pick up tags at most pet stores. Some states also require licensing for pets. Keep track of any relevant laws before the move itself. For example, dogs being brought into Hawaii need to be kept under quarantine before being allowed in.

Create An Inviting Atmosphere in Your New Home

This is probably the most important one. You want to make sure the house doesn’t smell of any previous pets: this could cause your pets to feel defensive or start marking the house. Depending on the house, you may also want to restrict your dog’s movement to a controlled area at first so that they won’t be overwhelmed. This also gives you time to find any possible escape routes or crevices your dog could get lost in.

Above all else, try to spend as much time as you can with your dog, especially during the first couple days. Pets don’t understand why you’ve packed up and moved to a totally new place, and dealing with it can sometimes cause a lot of anxiety. Take plenty of walks in and around your new home to help your dog get acclimated.

Zooming In On CMM

Everyone moves at some point in their life, and moving can be very time-consuming and stressful. When you hire a moving service, you want to know for certain you’re putting your possessions in careful and capable hands. We want the same thing. Here at College Muscle Movers, we strive to provide the best possible service. That’s why we employ college athletes and recent graduates— they know the value of hard work, and they have the skills to work efficiently. This also allows us to build a team of movers that come from a lot of different backgrounds in different fields of study and sports: from football and math to psychology and climbing.

This month we’re talking with Senior Muscle Mover Alex Lucci.

Alex Lucci: the man, the myth, the legend.
Alex Lucci: the man, the myth, the legend.

Hi, Alex. You’ve been a Senior for a while now. When did you start working at CMM?

Started two years ago. I was trained in by Sherlock and Knutson. It was only a matter of time before I became a Senior. I definitely wanted the extra responsibility.

Well, it seems like you handle it well! Getting training from some of the more experienced movers must be helpful.

That’s one of the best things about the job, I think. The guys you work with make it worthwhile. That’s one of my favorite things about working here. There was this job I got put on right when I had just become a senior and I got put with some of the guys that had helped train me in. That’s really cool. It’s a great experience, working with the guys that train you, and after a while you’re helping to train younger guys.
Sort of a full-circle thing. What sort of advice might you have for any upcoming or aspiring movers? Any sort of unusual situations you’ve found yourself in while out on the job?

Once you’ve done a lot of moves, sometimes you have to trust your gut instinct.  For example, I was doing this move at a public storage complex, and we brought one of the trucks along. Anyway, there were no signs for the clearance in the building, but it looked pretty short to me. Like it definitely wasn’t going to fit. We went in to the office to talk with the manager about it. He wasn’t sure what the clearance was, but he told us again and again that it would definitely fit, that we should just drive in right under the gate. No dice. It definitely didn’t fit, although it was close, and the truck got a little stuck. Nothing was damaged, and everything was cool, but it definitely caused a little delay for the customer, which was frustrating. Long story short, I went back to that storage unit later, and they’d put up a clearance sign. But sometimes you learn to recognize things like that before they happen, and as a senior, it’s up to you to try to work through that stuff.

Trucks are tall.
Trucks are tall, no two ways about it.

Many thanks to Alex Lucci for taking the time to do this interview!


Is Moving Right For You?

Sometimes moving can be a difficult decision. How do you know if it’s a good choice to distance yourself from family or friends? For that matter, when is it worth leaving a good job to be closer to your loved ones? Life often throws us curveballs like this, and sometimes a second opinion can help make your decision easier.  As premier Twin Cities movers, College Muscle Movers helps people through a lot of different moves. If you’re questioning an upcoming move, we’re here to help!

The US offers a lot of different places to move to, at least.
The US offers a lot of different places to move to, at the very least.

Gauge Your Priorities

Our priorities in life change as we get older. When you’re moving, you’re often faced with choosing between jobs and family. Maybe you’re choosing between being close to friends and an irresistible real estate deal. There are a lot of different factors that can figure into where you choose to live. Taking care of aging parents or young children can also be major factors. Everyone is different. Whatever the case, make sure you know what your own priorities are. If you are having trouble determining what it is you want out of life, try making a list. You can just brainstorm and write down everything that comes to mind, then rank it all later and figure out what living location is the best fit.


Communicate With Your Loved Ones

Include your loved ones in your plans! It’s always good to have open lines of communication with friends and family, especially for a decision as momentous as a move. In romantic relationships, just make sure you are considering yourself in addition to your partner. It’s hard to make someone else happy if you aren’t happy yourself! Each of you should think carefully about the move before you jump in. Sometimes moving for another person can be a potentially toxic decision. If your relationship is important to you and moving will put a lot of stress about it, keep that in mind when you’re running through your list of priorities (as mentioned above.)


Temper Your Expectations

On the topic of romanticism, do your best to be realistic about moving. It’s easy to fantasize about how great your new home or apartment is going to be, or how moving will immediately turn your life around, but it doesn’t always work that way. Not to suck all the fun out, but even if you really love a new city, it’s going to have downsides. That’s inevitable. There will be traffic and stinky pollution and overpriced drinks. New York might be a fun and bustling city to visit, but that same bustle can be overwhelming for a lot of people who try to live there. As Twin Cities movers, we hear all sorts of expectations for new places.

The same realism should apply if you’re moving out into the country. It’s easy to imagine a sedate, quiet life out in the country. Thing is, it won’t seem quite so nice when the bears are knocking down your bird feeder or a storm knocks out power to your house for three days. There are advantages and disadvantages to every kind of living situation, and you’ll do yourself a disservice if you aren’t realistic about both sides of the coin.


All that being said, the Twin Cities are a great place to move. If you’re thinking about moving to Minnesota from afar, you’ll get your fill of natural beauty in the Twin Cities: rivers, hills, valleys, lakes. Plenty of snow. Give College Muscle Movers a call if you’re looking for help moving around the Twin Cities