(Closed) Anyone had to confine cat after a move due to anxiety?

posted 6 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
7311 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

My prozac kitty has been confined for almost a year now. We moved in 2010 and she just never adjusted. She would scratch furniture and the walls/mouldings, yowl constantly, urinate on everything in sight, lick her stomach/tail/hind legs until there was no hair left, and basically make everyone absolutely miserable. We tried waiting it out for more than a year, but finally we couldn’t take it anymore. Once we confined her to one room things started getting better. And now she is on prozac and the Calm diet from Royal Canin, too. She finally has hair on her belly, doesn’t yowl, doesn’t pee on things, etc.

We were hoping that our latest move 2 months ago would sort of re-set her nervous system and that we would be able to allow her to roam about the house. But when we experimented with letting her roam in the new house she went back to her old issues. She just does better in a confined environment. It sucks to have to keep her there, but it’s the best option for all involved.

Hopefully your kitty issue won;t be as extreme as ours. But if confinement is necessary in the long-term, I assure you that it is a viable option.

Post # 4
2606 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Wow… I’ve never even heard of this… you poor things!  I moved 14 times with my cats in their 17 years… (YES, you read that correctly) including one 12 hour drive and one 4 hour flight).  There was never anything more than a little fussing when the carriers came out of the closet, and a little sniffing around at the new locations.  Luckily as long as I was there, I guess they realized this was “home” and they settled right in.

Full props to you kitty moms for what you’re going through 🙂

Post # 5
2586 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Mine confined themselves to a corner under the bed and hissed and spit for about 2 weeks and then one day decided they were over it.   But I do have friends who put their kitty on prozac and it made a night and day difference. Worth considering if things don’t improve soon.


Post # 6
5475 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

*Disclaimer- I don’t have cats, so take this with a grain of salt*

A friend of mine had some issues with her cat after a move, but he was licking himself sore & bald on his tummy.  She found online (no idea where though) a pheremone plug-in thingy.  She said it helped a lot, but they still had to put him on kitty prozac for about a year until his issues sorted themselves out.

Anyway, I hope he settles in better, and soon- but in the mean time try the plug-in & prozac 🙂

Post # 7
7311 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

@DaneLady: has a good suggestion. The plug-in is called Feliway, and it works for some cats. It’s about $25-30 at the pet store, and it’s worth a try. It didn’t work for my kitty, but I know others who have had success with it. 

Post # 8
213 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Poor kitties. We’re gonna have to move our cat in the next couple months. He did fine with the first move and took a couple weeks to adjust. I’m hoping we can find a house to minimize his number of moves. Have you tried putting a blanket you’ve slept on or a old sweathirt of yours in the room he can cuddle with to help. I hope the meds help.

Post # 9
1030 posts
Bumble bee

If he’s used to sleeping with you it will take a while for him to get used to the new arrangement.

When we first got our cat she hid under the bed for 3 days straight because she was so scared. She sleeps in our room with us and that’s her routine – my SO doesn’t really like it because she climbs over him in the moring and wakes her up, but the one time we shut her out she cried and scratched and it broke my heart.

So we let her back in.

If he’s having trouble adjusting to the move, maybe take it one step at a time? let him sleep with you for a while whilst he settles in and then gradually move him out of the bedroom at night.

it might be easier for him that way. poor kitty 🙁

Post # 10
134 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I would try some Rescue Remedy rubbed on the inner ear flaps several times a day and a drop or two in the water bowl. But then again, I would never give those types of mediciations to my cats either.

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