Welcome to Indiana. Many of the peoples ideas on here were great but I do think the best option might be to fly your kitty in. See if you could stay behind and fly with the kitty or have a close friend take them to the airport if you can not stay behind. This will cuase less stress on the kitty. If this is not an option the best bet would be to have the large crate that kitty can sleep in. Make sure a week before moving you get them used to the idea that they need to sleep there or what ever. this will ease the kitty into getting more used to the crate.
Now as for Indiana it is a very beautiful place to live. Yes we are a bit old fashioned but that is what makes us different. In the Northern part of the state you have much flatlands and corn as far as the eye can see. Down south where me and GemLady live it is beautiful hills (watch out for the occasional cowpie and deer). In fact there are many differences between the Northern and Southern ends of Indiana. I have heard from many people that have never been to southern Indiana that we have a slight Texan drawl.
You ever wonder what a Hoosier is? Let me give you a good definition of one and who we are.
Whoâ€™s a Hoosier?
\tWhen driving through the state of Indiana, you hear a most â€œuncommonly commonâ€ word floating around the streets, bars, and even in the homes. Even Indiana University has joined in the use of this word. That word is â€œHoosierâ€. Everyone thinks that a Hoosier is a person from Indiana, but is there more meaning to the word? What does it stand for? In actuality, what is a Hoosier?
\tHoosier is a word that can be defined as indefinable. Even though there is no set standard to the word, there are many diverse concepts of how it originated. A number of people think that the word originated from the combination of joint words that had included: whose ear, whoâ€™s yourâ€¦, whoâ€™s here? But these are not the only explanations that have hit the nail on the head with the origin of the word Hoosier. Some of the terminology that could explain a little about the background of Hoosiers was hoosa, hoozer, and houssier. My first reaction to these expressions was, â€œWhat theâ€¦?â€
\tRumors also say Hoosier came from a man named Sam Hoosier or Howsier who hired people from Indiana to work on a canal. Thus, the men became identified as Hoosierâ€™s men or Howsierâ€™s men. This still gave me no evidence on what Hoosier meant. It was time to go back to the words: hoosa, hoozer, and houssiere. I went exploring to find out what history told me about these words and what they mean. How would they be able to help us appreciate what a Hoosier really is?
\tThe Linguistic Atlas reveals â€œHoosierâ€ as being a derogatory nickname meaning uncouth and synonymous with hick, hayseed, and hillbilly. Although Websterâ€™s Word Histories never came up with a fully explainable explanation, I explored some of the words that could have some symbolic meaning in trying to define Hoosier. Letâ€™s start with a simple history of Indiana to help us learn how we became known as Hoosiers.
\tSince Indiana was a state known for the Indian tribes that had settled here, it is only fitting to start with their explanation first. Hoosa, supposedly an Indian word for corn, was the first word that I found in my exploration. Corn is the major crop grown in Indiana. It was the major source of food for the Indians and can be used for various things. Could this have been the explanation as to why we are known as Hoosiers?
\tAs I continued my exploration, I found many other colonists that had settled in Indiana. Among those that had settled here were the French, who used the word houssiere meaning bushy place. This could have described much of the southern Indiana terrain when they first settled here. The Dutch, on the other hand, used the word hoozer to mean whirlwind or tornado. However, other sources conclude that the word hoozer is a southern dialect meaning something especially large. This could explain either some of the weather conditions or the terrain in Indiana when settlers first arrived.
\tIn conclusion, what I discovered about Hoosier really surprised me. Even though many of the different words that could have been the origin of the word Hoosier were strange, they all seemed to fit. If you placed them together they could mean: rough neck hillbillies living in the bush, growing corn and watching for extremely large whirlwinds. Yea, that seems like a good definition of a Hoosier.
Hope that helps a bit to explain Indiana to you. I wrote that for a college class and it was taken by my instructor to Indiana University.