Monday, April 14, 2008

The Plan (Plans Change)

A few weeks ago, while D and I were planning for our road trip, we test-packed the Prius with all the supplies we thought we'd need for traveling around the country. Note that more than half of the stuff we loaded into the car is for the cats:





The actual configuration, which we figured out this afternoon, is a little different: the purple luggage got packed into our ReloCube and is now on its way to Portland. In its place are two smaller bags. And the three cardboard boxes which were supposed to sit on top of the collapsed playpen turned into a small cat perch/scratching post and a single plastic bin for our kitchenware.

We currently also have three extra bags/boxes of stuff, including food out of our former refrigerator, which we won't have in a few weeks. The theory is that as we become more experienced travelers, we'll know what things we can and can't live without, and what things are easily replaceable at the next stop.

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At April 15, 2008 at 9:56 PM , Blogger LC said...

The baby scale is prominently displayed. When needing to limit luggage to a Prius across the lower 48 states, what mysterious purpose does the baby scale have?

At April 16, 2008 at 12:29 AM , Blogger CKL said...

D can explain in more detail than I, but the baby scale is for weighing the cats to make sure they don't have any health issues.

It turns out that because cats are carnivores, they have to metabolize protein, not fat, in order to survive. If they consume too many carbohydrates, organs like the liver can become too fatty (feline hepatic lipidosis) and stop functioning, and that can lead to death. Rapid weight loss is a strong indicator of this and many other problems.

Didn't mean to go all health-textbook on you, but you asked. :)


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