Post # 1
FI and I brought Sunshine (2 years, 2 months) home from my aunt’s house because my aunt had passed away and Sunshine needed a new home.
Sunshine is currently hiding from us under the couch.
The litter box and scratching post are in the living room, and the food is in the kitchen. Before we could show Sunshine the litter box (as I’d read to do), she bolted for the couch.
I assume she’ll probably explore more when we’re at work during the day, but is there anything we should do when we’re home with her – or just let her come out when she’s ready?
Post # 3
@classical_wolf: Sorry for the loss of your aunt. How sweet of you to take in her kitty! My cat hid under the bed for most of the day when we moved. I put her food/water/litter in the bedroom temporarily and she eventually came out and gradually started to explore. It may be harder on your kitty because she is with new people and a new home, but I’m sure she will adjust if you give her some time!
Post # 4
When we moved into our new home we locked our kitty in the room with her box for a few hours. This is also what all my friends and family with pets have done when moving.
This serves a few purposes
1. Kitty finds box easily
2. Kitty feels secure in the area where her box is
3. Keeps kitty from running and hiding immediately.
As much as I hate to say it you might want to fish the cat out and show it the litter just to be safe. Messes in the house is a can of worms you don’t want to open. Also is the living room really where you want the box? Idk if you’ve had cats before but having had indoor cats my whole life… I can’t imagine having a box in my living room. I keep the box very clean but when kitty goes poo it still stinks for a bit….it is poo after all. And I can’t imagine having company over and having to listen to or even see kitty do her business. Plus cats like a quiet secluded place to go. Having the box in a room with a lot of activity can lead to finding other places to go. Moving the box a lot isn’t good either. Pick a quiet spot that is sensible for you and kitty and stick with it.
She will hide a lot at first it will take time for her to get used to a new place our very friendly social kitty took about 2 months to get completely back to normal but it can take a lot longer too.
Post # 5
@Tiger29: Thank you 🙂
@ames12708: Thanks 🙂 I’ll think about moving the box.
Post # 6
@classical_wolf: Sorry for the loss of your aunty. I love that you’ve taken her cat onboard as a member of your house and a close reminder of your aunt.
Ideally when moving a cat it’s best to lock them into one room of the house for a few hours so they get used to the new smells and environment. With my cats, I lock them in a room while I’m moving furniture and the doors are kept open, and once that’s stopped I let them roam at their own will. There’s a little bit of hissing or jumping at be scared, but that’s just the way cats react to things. Let Sunshine come out to you. She’s old enough where she’ll venture out on her own and find her litter, scratching post and food, but brace yourself for an accident or present, lol. It will take her a while to come to term with her new mum and dad, animals also mourn, so allow her to come to you guys, instead of forcing yourself on her. Play with her with long stringy toys so she associates you with fun, this will build her confidence. Give her a lot of affection when she does come to you and try giving her little treats too. Hope this helps.
Post # 7
I did the same as Tiger suggested.
Post # 8
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
Yes, they recommend putting the kitty, food, bed, and litter box in one room (in our case, kitchen and laundry room) while she gets settled. Also, they make diffuser things that are supposed to be really good for calming down cats. Google it! Good luck and good for you for taking in the poor kitty who needs a home.
Post # 9
Yes, I’ve had good luck with Feliway! Also, if you can put down anything that would smell like your aunt (sorry for your loss!) that would help kitty adjust. What a sweet kitty mama!
Post # 10
@krayzay87: Thank you so much 🙂 We think she had a little bit of her food and water last night and we think we see faint paw prints in the litter box. We’re pretty sure she’s hiding upstairs.
We were unable to confine her to a room as not a lot of our rooms in our house have doors, more like open archways. We assume she’s probably hiding upstairs somewhere, heh.
@lolot: Thanks for your advice 🙂
@howsweetitis: Thank you 🙂 We’re using the food that my cousin gave us (which my aunt used) in hopes that it will ease the transition some.