Hi everyone, it’s Allegra! I want to tell you about all the excitement at our house last week!
For the last couple of weeks, Mom had been talking to me about something that was going to be happening that I probably wouldn’t like at all. Well, then why let it happen in the first place? Sometimes I don’t understand humans.
She explained to me that we needed to get a new roof because the old one was starting to not protect us properly during rain and wind. Okay, that’s not a good thing, so I could see why maybe something needed to be done about that.
She said it would be really loud for a few hours. I hate loud noises, and so does Mom, and I could tell she was really worried about the whole thing, both because I could hear her talking to her friends about it and because I felt it in her energy.
Then one day last week, there were big giant thumps and the whole house shook. Mom said they were delivering something called shingles and dropping them on the roof. Why on earth didn’t they just gently lower them? Did they have to drop them? Anyway, I got scared, and ran to my safe space, which is the shower stall in the downstairs bathroom. I used to be in there a lot when I was younger. Thunderstorms, trash trucks, any loud noise would send me running for cover. Lately, though, I’ve not been as worried about these things, and I even slept through last year’s fourth of July fireworks. But this was scary!
Thankfully, it only lasted for a few minutes, but Mom said the next day, the loud noises were going to go on for hours. She tried to prepare me (and herself!) as best as she could with various calming remedies – Stress Stopper and Rescue Remedy for me, and Bioplasma for her (affiliate links*.)
When the workers first started, I ran and hid in my shower stall. It was unbelievably loud! Mom had put a blanket in the shower to make it nicer for me, but there was nothing nice about being so scared! After a few minutes, Mom came to sit in the shower stall with me. That helped, and I started to relax a tiny little bit. Mom sat with me for a while, but then she had to go upstairs. When she came back downstairs to check on me, she was wearing something over her ears. She said they were noise canceling headphones, and she wished she could have a pair for me. So did I! But I got a little brave anyway, and ventured out of the bathroom.
I even tried to go upstairs, but it was just too scary up there, so I stayed close to the bathroom. After an hour or so, I noticed a sun puddle in Mom’s Reiki room next to the bathroom. Oh, I wanted to go in there so badly, but it was so loud, and further from my safe space. But ultimately, the sun puddle won. And I even tried to nap in it, but that wasn’t happening.
Thankfully, after about six hours of this, the noise stopped, and we had our peaceful home back.
Kitties, have you had loud noises in your house? What do you do when that happens?
A note from Ingrid: I was really amazed at how well Allegra handled the roof replacement. I couldn’t believe just how loud it was, and without my noise canceling headphones I would have been a basket case. In addition to making Allegra’s safe space a little more comfortable with a blanket in case she did end up spending the entire day down there, I also used our entire arsenal of stress relievers.
I’ve held off on quite a few major home improvement projects over the years because I never wanted to stress my cats out any more than necessary. I would love new floors, remodel my kitchen, and do a few other things, but all of these would require confining Allegra for hours on end. She gets super stressed when she’s locked into a room, so that’s just not going to happen. I’d rather live with old floors and a dated kitchen than put her through that.
At least confining her wasn’t going to be necessary during the roof replacement, since the workers didn’t need to come inside. I know that the main reason that she did as well as she did was because she had the autonomy to be wherever she felt safest at any given time.
I’m relieved that we got through it and that we’ll never have to do that again!
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