Adjusting Cats to New Home

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Registered: 09-20-2007
Adjusting Cats to New Home
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Wed, 06-09-2010 - 12:47am
I have four cats: Billy, Blackie, Oscar and Siren. Right now Siren and Oscar are strictly indoors, while Billy and Blackie are indoor/outdoor cats. Yes, I know the dangers of having cats outdoors, but DH and I currently live with my mother and were living with her when the two cats adopted us, my mother didn't want to have to get them to become strictly indoors, her house, her rules, blah, blah, blah (can you tell she frustrates me just a little?). DH and I are moving into our own place later this summer, so all four cats will be strictly indoors.

The house that we've been looking at has two bedrooms, so each cat should be able to stake out his/her own territory. And the house also has a large screened-in porch, so they'll be able to lie in the sunshine and have another play area. I have a couple of questions. What is the best way to go about getting the cats adjusted to their new home without freaking them out completely? Our new town will only be two hours away from where we live now, so we'll be able to move all of our things and keep the cats with my mother until we're ready for them. And what is the best way to get Billy and Blackie adjusted to the fact that they are now going to be strictly indoors?
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Registered: 03-19-2003
Wed, 06-09-2010 - 7:35am

The best thing to do is move them in LAST, get all your boxes and furniture moved in first and then when things calm down some, bring them in, in their carriers and what I've done in the past with moving is put the carriers in the middle of the room (living room preferably) and then open them... each cat is different, when I moved I had two cats - the older one came out of the carrier like he owned the place, he investigated each and every crevice of the house whereas the younger one ran directly under our bed and didn't come out for two days. If they are hiding, that is fine - they will come out in their own time, just make sure you put a litter box and food nearby where they are so they know it's there - cats are nocturnal and will most likely come out at night.

If moving them last is not an option for you... put them in a room that you can close off until moving is complete and then let them out.

Good luck!

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Registered: 03-20-2003
Wed, 06-09-2010 - 8:40am

I agree with Cat - my guys are always the last thing to get moved.