Post # 1
My FI and I moved into our new place yesterday. We set everything up and today I went to pick up our cat from my parent’s house. She pooped and peed in the cat carrier, cried the whole way there (I admit, I cried a little as well for doing this to her), and has been hiding under the couch for 3 hours. I tried laying next to the couch with her, talking to her, putting treats near her, and putting her old blanket close to her. She is staying as far away as possible. Does anybody have any tips or advice to help me make my fur baby comfortable in our new home?
Post # 3
@rcac1208: our furball hid for three days before he came out. He wasn’t eating or drinking. When he finally came out of hiding, he threw up the food he tried to eat almost immediately. He just needed some time 🙂 your kitty will be fine
Post # 4
In the eight years I’ve had my cat I’ve moved to several college apartments, two after college apartments and two houses. The process once we get the cat there is always the same: I introduce him to the house by holding him and slowly walking room to room and describing each room (I doubt that helps, but the talking calmly might), then walk him to the litter box and the food bowl during the trip. Once the tour is over he gets dropped off near the litter box. After that he usually hides for about 15 minutes before going out to explore.
The first time I brought him home from the vet I confined him to the bathroom with food in one corner and litter in the other for about four hours, then opened up my bedroom and bathroom for the next day. After that then he had access to the rest of the apartment. That was only for the first time though because we were pretty much strangers to each other.
As long as she knows where her food and litter box is, then I wouldn’t pressure her to feel more comfortable before she’s ready.
Post # 5
I would just give her time and let her hide for as long as she thinks is necessary. Also try to set up things as similarly as possibe and maintain any routines you had around the old place.
Any time I’ve moved (there have been numerous times), my kitties were real champs and didn’t hide at all, but cats have such an enormous diverse range of personalities. There’s really no “normal” for cats in a situation like this. She’ll be fine before you know it, just don’t be anxious about it or try to force her out of hiding.
Post # 6
Most cats act this way after a move. Experts recommend assigning one room to the cat, and keeping them in there for a few days with food, water, litterbox, etc. Leave the door shut, visit the room frequently, but don’t force the cat to come out from hiding. After a few days, you can open the door and allow the cat free roam of the house IF he/she wants it. Just leave the door open and allow kitty to explore on their own terms.
Leave the items in the room for at least a few more days, so the kitty can have their “home base” to return to if they become frightened again. After the cat is confident in their new surroundings, you can move the items to their desired permanent location.
Post # 7
I have three, and two of them usually adjust well and go exploring, and one is a complete little marshmellow coward. She’ll usually take several days before she starts to perk up again. Don’t feel you need to coax your kitty out to reassure them. Just let them have their privacy and hiding time, and when they do feel confident enough to come out, make sure they feel welcome in their new home.
You have to look at it from a cat perspective. They aren’t aware that the world is full of other houses and that they simply moved to a different one. They know their house world was exactly like they expected it to be, then there was a big scary overstimulating event, and now everything is different. In cat’s mind, they are pretty much a character in a post apocalyptic movie, and they need a chance to figure the new world out.
Post # 8
I think I have really curious cats plus we moved to a smaller apartment (2 br to 1 br). Mine didn’t really hide all that much. We kept them in their kennels until we finished moving the big furniture.
Post # 9
You can get these diffusers that help the cat relax. Ask the vet! They work great.
Post # 10
I have two cats, completley different personalities. One hides for a few hours, until it gets dark outside. He has done this through three moves. I think he just feels more comfortable exploring after the activity has died down and everyone is asleep.
My other cat however prefers to explore from the moment you bring her inside, constantly underfoot of the movers. However locking her away from the action freaks her out so we deal with it.
As long as your cat can find food, water and litter easily, they will be fine. Just be on the lookout for marking or throw up in case the adjustment doesn’t go well.
Post # 11
Thank you to all the Bees who responded!
Our little furball is now 90% back to her usual self and has claimed her spot on the couch 🙂
Post # 12
Glad your cat is feeling better.
My cats have been great movers, plus I have taken them to visit my parents. They scream in the car, my girl cat pretty much the whole time and my boy will fall asleep after a few hours. When I get to my new place/my parents place I let them out, show them where their food and litter box are, and then they go exploring. They seem to really like exploring different places.
I’ve seen recently there is now a Thundershirt for cats, but I have yet to hear of anyone using it and if it helped.