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Moving with a shy cat... any advice?

L'il Frankie
November 1st, 2005, 07:15 PM
We're moving from an apartment into a house at the end of the month, and our cat Frankie is shy and quite timid (we also plan to get another cat over the next few months, too). Should we confine her to one room for the first few days, like I've read? Also, has anyone tried Feliway Comfort Zone? I might order a batch to ease the transition. We know she'll like the house better than the apartment because there is carpet in some rooms, and it will be quieter overall.

Let your experience be my guide!

Rock. :ca:

November 1st, 2005, 08:24 PM
We have a really shy cat and moved from an apartment to a house about four years ago. He pretty much hid under the bed for the first month. He freaked whenever the ceiling fan or furnace ran. But then we brought Daisy home, a 6 week old kitten at the time. He instantly took to mothering her and completely came out of his shell. Now he only hides under the bed when our niece and nephew come over :) Your kitty needs to get used to his surroundings, but I suggest introducing the kitten sooner rather than later.

Lucky Rescue
November 1st, 2005, 08:30 PM
Yes, put her and all her familiar stuff into one room right away, and leave her there until she is comfortable. Leave a radio playing to block out unfamiliar noises.

Try giving Rescue Remedy before the move ( you can find this in the pharmacy section of Independant) and try and engage her in play after the move. Use catnip toys, which might also help her relax.

November 1st, 2005, 08:32 PM
Get your cat used to a crate now and put him in it every day for a little while. Then when you move there will be atleast one space that is familiar.

November 1st, 2005, 11:12 PM
I just moved from an apartment to a duplex last week and I had to move my cat (very spoiled, picky, and shy), along with a foster that prefers to spend all of her time under my bed as it is and a foster that is semi feral, with me. It was quite an experience :) I shut them into their bedroom at the new place right away and put their kitty house, gym, blankets (unwashed) from home in there with them. I also waited to scoop one of their litterboxes that day until they were settled in the new place. Sounds gross, but i read somewhere that their own smell (from the box) would be comforting.

They have taken the whole thing really well-- better than i expected, anyway. Since they have had free run of the house, they have pretty much been sticking to either their room or my room, under the bed, although that probably has more to do with our new puppy than the move.

Cats are so particular about their daily routine that you should do everything you can to make sure it stays as close to normal as possible throughout and after the move. Good luck!