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My cats don't care for car rides, or being in crates in general so moving was a pretty big stress on them. At the time we only had a single carrier and a neighbor was nice enough to let us barrow her small dog crate where we hard our two oldest
My cats don't care for car rides, or being in crates in general so moving was a pretty big stress on them. At the time we only had a single carrier and a neighbor was nice enough to let us barrow her small dog crate where we hard our two oldest cats crate together for the ride. They all rode with me in the car while my mother did the closing for the house/got the keys so i waited with them on the back porch for a little while and talked to them to calm them down some. At the time of the move we didn't have any furniture in the house which i think was a good thing because it gave the cats a couple days to investigate the whole house without being able to hide in something and worry us.
It still probably took them all about a week to adjust completely to the move, which is pretty inevitable.
I would say if you're moving into a new place have a designated room for the cat with all her favorite things in it like a favorite blanket, and keep her there until you really have everything settled in the places you want them to be, then let her out to explore the house. It may take a little time to get her to leave said room though so just leaving her alone with he door open is a good idea. leave a space for her under a sunny window so she can still sun bathe. and eventually when you think shes ready and comfortable let her have a little time outside to explore some!
oh wow. Thank you so much for sharing that, bratcat. I'm really glad because I have been worrying my behind off about my cat over this possible move. The good thing is, she doesn't really mind car rides, but the whole new place thing is scary because I don't know how she'll take that. It was really helpful to hear that yours adjusted within a week. That's relieving because I have been worried my Fuzz would never ever adjust.
Thank you also for the tips!
I really do appreciate this. That's a wonderful idea to keep include some of her favorite things in a room. I read that cats faces have some type of pheremones or something & that you can rub a cloth or clothing article on their face, then rub the cloth on the new home in rooms and such. Supposedly, she'll feel more comfy.
The thing is, Fuzz really doesn't have a whole lot of favorite things. She's such a very unique cat. She doesn't play with her toys. She does have places in the house she likes like a box I have with a pillow on top for her, so that may be something that would help.
I'm so terrified if I move homes, she won't be happy ever again. I hope that's just my overactive imagination.
The sunny window is a great idea! I'm glad you said that. That sounds really good. Just letting her bathe through the window & waiting until I think she's ready. I am scared she'll run away if I ever let her out.
But keeping her cooped up forever in the new place would be so sad since she absolutely loves the outdoors. She isn't a roamer, so I don't really think she'd go far, but I can't be for sure of that either.
KrissyNovacaine: LOL. Sounds like Fuzz! I can't even move the bed out without her getting all freaked out. Even if I have a new box put in the floor, she's all freaked out. She'll come in the room and stick her neck out all curious with huge eyes, then she slowly walks around it, and eventually realizes it's not some big monster & just lays on top of it. LOL.
That's really helpful, though, Krissy. I'm glad you shared. It's so relieving to know that other people's cat -- like yours -- does get over it. Thank you. I have been literally worrying myself crazy about this! Lol. So knowing these things is so nice. She doesn't have health problems, so maybe she will cope well afterall. One good thing is the relationship I have with her. She's a mommy's girl! Lol. I can tell she's most comfortable when I'm in the room or when she's in the bedroom with me. I can also tell that she loves me & feels safe around me because when we have company or something that makes her uneasy, I can see her get comfortable when it's me & her or if I pet her. So that makes me think that as long as I'm in the new place with her, she'll manage. I really love this cat. Lol. It's almost pathetic.
Can't help it though.
Hummingbird: Hey! That's a good idea to take her on a day trip before the move. My Fuzz does well in a car, so I might be really over-worrying this way too much. She's been in a car several times -- once for the vet & a few more coming back and forth from my grandmother's. I send her to my grandmother (another huge kitty lover, so I know she's safe there) when I go out of town. I was so surprised at how well she did in the car. She meowed at first & then was calm. She gets in our cars all the time & loves to sniff around in there. If we come home & don't get out of the vehicle right away, she trots out there & will climb in the cracked window or door, when I open it. We'll sit in the car & watch her snoop around. She'll even get up on the dash and just lay! It's adorable. She's calm even when my car's running, but if we crank up my partner's truck, she does flinch. She does pretty good though, especially considering she's a cat.
Lana Darling: Thank you too for your advice & for sharing how it's gone for you with different cats. These comments have been so helpful & relieving for me! I've been thinking, if we do move, then I think I want to make sure I can be there for the first day or two without leaving for long periods of time. That way, she feels safe & not like we just took her to a new home and left. I think I'm going to want to watch her and be right with her for the first few days & that might make her feel better. I like that you said that -- they're kinda like humans. Funny because that is exactly what I said earlier is that cats are kind of like people in their needs & stuff.
I've always said animals (especially cats) have personalities just like we do & they all differ. I can tell you're good with cats.
LOL. That's interesting how different cats act differently. I guess that just goes to show they really do have different personalities.
I could see my cat sniffing around & being all curious. I'd like that because I'd feel like she would be less sad about being somewhere new. It sounds crazy, but I actually worry she might feel sadness! Strange, but they do have a lot of same emotions as people & I do think they can get their feelings hurt, so sadness may be another feeling they have. It sounds like all your cats did just fine, so surely she would too.
That's so sweet that she checked on the other kitty to make sure he was ok! Aww!
A leash isn't a bad idea, especially to be on the safe side & still let the kitty out. We know the neighborhood well & are there daily, so I don't think there are other cats that I've seen. The bad part is... there are dogs in the neighborhood! In fact, the lady next door to the house owns a bunch, but keeps them in a fence. We know her, so I stopped by and asked about her dogs just so I'd have an idea of how they were and how many. My cat is used to our weiner dog, but that doesn't mean she'd be ok with other dogs. That's awful about the cat fights. I hate that.
JS250: Ah! I'm so glad you posted. I wondered if you'd see this & knowing you had cats too, I'd hoped you'd share your insight.
Thank you darling! That is a great idea to keep him in the crate beside you in the seat. Fuzz would like that.
I have read that keeping your scent on some old clothing when you move is a good idea for the kitty. I once tore up an old, worn t-shirt and scattered it all down our road when my cat went missing because it had my scent & I was so desperate.
I'd hoped she'd smell me and come back. I still can't handle thinking about that. It makes me so sad I end up crying. So now it's just Fuzz & me. But I will remember that -- to keep an old shirt or something with my scent. I actually think that would be a big help for Fuzz. She loves sleeping with me & since she's comfortable with me, that could be a big help. I'll have to get her a kitty bed or something to keep her in her safe room and add a worn t-shirt of mine or something to her bed.
Ahhh! The kennel things. I never thought of that. Thank you for sharing. That is a perfect idea! It would be great because then she doesn't have to be forced inside, cooped up when she loves the outdoors, but she wouldn't be able to go so far she'd be hurt. You are a genius!
Ok. I'll shut up for now.
Thank you guys so much for sharing. I feel a lot better about it. Whew! I can finally stop stressing out so much.