Relocating

posted: 05/15/12
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Relocating
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Relocation means serious upheaval to a cat and is a time of great stress. On moving day, set up a safe room for your cat with food, water, litter box, bed, and toys. Lock the door to the room or post a large sign to prevent someone from opening it and letting your cat escape.

Once at your new home, your cat will have to investigate everything in the same way a newly adopted cat does in its first days, and confining him to a small area at first may be helpful. However, rediscovering familiar household items can ease the transition, as will getting back into your cat-care routine as quickly as possible.

It may take several weeks before an outdoor cat knows his new territory enough to be trusted to return home; this can be a period of opportunity to convert him to being exclusively an indoor cat.

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