Is your cat feline homesick for its old home? Has your move to a new home put the cat amongst the pigeons? Adrian Flux Insurance Services offers you some hints and tips to help your cat settle in at its new home.
How can I help my cat settle in after moving to our new home?
- Introduce your cat or cats into their new home slowly – start by restricting them to just one or two rooms so that they can feel safe in a confined space. Put their food, water, litter box, scratching post and bed in the room/s so that they have something familiar smelling in unfamiliar surroundings.
- When you are in your new home, open the cat carrier in the isolation room/s and let the cat venture out on its own when ready. The cat will be less frightened if it hasn’t been dragged out of the carrier against its will.
- Smell is vital to cats, so in addition to their own belongings, place a few items that smell of you in the room with them too – a t-shirt, a blanket, something that will help your cats calm down while you’re busy unpacking.
- Ensure the space you have put your cat/s in is safe, that there are no spaces that a cat could crawl into and that all windows and doors are closed. If a removal firm is coming in and out of your new house, make sure they are aware not to open the door to the room and place a sign on it.
- Many people swear by pheromone products and natural remedies that claim to calm cats during times of stress. Speak to your vet.
- Spend time with your cat in his or her own space and, when he or she starts to explore, offer attention, treats and playtime. Maintain the same routines you had in your previous home to provide continuity and familiarity.
- Before you allow your cat to explore your home, ‘cat-proof’ the house by tucking away electrical cords, closing off areas where cats could get stuck and removing any poisonous houseplants.
- Don’t worry if your cat’s first exploration of your new house ends with them refusing to come out from under your bed. They need to take their time to get used to their new surroundings.
- Keep your cat/s indoors for at least two weeks after moving. It is essential that your new home is familiar to them so that they don’t stray away.
- Make sure your cat has some form of identification, whether it is a collar (with a quick release system to avoid accidents) with an information tag or a microchip. If your cat is already microchipped, remember to inform the registering company of your change of address.
- Introduce your cat to the garden gradually by opening the door and going into the garden yourself – don’t carry your cat outside with you, allow it to decide whether it wants to follow you.
- Always keep the door open initially so that your cat can escape back indoors if it feels threatened. Try to chase away any ‘rogue’ cats you see in your garden so that your cat can establish its territory.
- If your new home is near to your previous home, warn the new owners that your cat may return and ask them to contact you and NOT to feed or encourage your cat in any way. Do not rush the process of keeping your cat indoors while it gets to know your new home.
* Adrian Flux, in association with Petwise, has developed a whole range of policies suitable for you and your pet, ensuring you pay a fair price for great quality insurance cover to keep your best friend safe and sound. Visit www.adrianflux.co.uk or call 01473 541382 for more details.