Post # 1
Hey, Bees! I made a post a few months back, stressing out about moving in with my SO w/ my 2 cats. He has a big malamute/husky mix.
I moved in this past weekend and it’s been wonderful for US, but I’m worried for the kitties. I brought them here today (they stayed with a friend for 2 days while we were moving so they wouldn’t get too stressed). We converted a large office into a sanctuary for them – put a litter box, food, toys, familiar blankets, a big cat tree etc. We even converted the closet into a “safe zone.” My SO built a little hideaway fort inside the closet and then rigged the door so that it can’t accidentally close them in.
The eventual plan is to put an extra-tall gate in the doorway so that the dog can’t come in and disturb their stuff, but they can move freely (they can fit between the bars). For now, though, I didn’t want to stress them, so we’ve just totally closed it off until they become more relaxed.
I brought them here after work, so they’ve been in the room for about 4 hours. I’ve been checking on them periodically and they literally haven’t moved from their hiding places. They haven’t touched their food or water. These are normally very bold cats, so it’s hard for me to watch.
I realize I’m just being a big baby, but I feel so bad. I guess I just need someone to tell me that this is normal and that if they’re given the space and safety to relax, they will :/
Post # 3
They’ll be fine :o) Cats take a while to adjust to new places, even when there aren’t other animals around! When we moved to our new apartment our cat hid under our bed for almost two days and only came out when we weren’t home! (We only know that because it was clear he’d used his litter box while we were gone haha) They’ll be fine. Give them some space to get used to their new environment, the new smells and sounds and they’ll come around!
Post # 4
@amwoods: Thanks 🙂 It’s just so hard to watch! These are cats that literally follow me everywhere…they even follow me into the bathroom and sleep curled up next to me all night. I guess I just need to be patient and let them adjust!!
Post # 5
Four hours isn’t that long. It could take them a couple of days to get used to the new noises, new smells and new canine roommate. I know it’s hard to watch, but they’ll probably come out at night to investigate and eat when everything is quiet.
In the mean time, you could go in the room and spend some time with them, so they don’t feel abandoned. They have a lot to get used to, and having you spend some time in the room reassuring them will help them relax.
Post # 6
It’s totally normal! Cats take time to adjust to new situations. My cats wander around like pathetic, dazed earthquake survivors every time we get home from the vet’s office. Total drama queens. But a couple of hours later, they’re back to normal. Give your kitties a day or two… I bet they’ll be totally fine in no time!
Post # 7
My cat is an absolute fearless jungle kitty and even she had a hard time moving. We found out the hard way that she’s afraid of celling fans, which we never had in Missouri. Are there any kind of new environmental things like that around?
Our kitten had to adjust to the new environment and a dog. It took her about three weeks to really become comfortable, but she’s her usual wild self now.
Post # 8
we recently “adopted” a second cat from my brother. despite having lived with me for 2 years and seeing both me and FI all the time, our new addition spent 2 WEEKS under the bed. it took him more than a day to get out and use the litter box, but then it was right back to the bed. i was really worried at first too, but thats just how cat are. the important thing is to let them come out when tey are comfortable, otherwise they will just get even more stressed out!
Post # 9
yeah it’s completly normal, when we moved to another house that has a HUGE garden and it’s a paradise for our cat and our dog, she freaked put and didnt come out from god knows where for two days. Now she’s happy and has some cat-friends
Post # 10
Thank you everyone! It helps to know that it’s not a huge concern. I’ve been going in and sitting and snuggling every so often so they know I’m still here. I know they must be totally overwhelmed…it smells like dog and they went from a tiny one bedroom apartment to a house. I’ll just have to let them move at their own pace. My older one has moved once, but it was to another apartment and with the same furniture and no new people/animals. The younger kitty has never seen anything but my old apartment, so I’m sure it’s a shock for her.
I just hate the looks they’re giving me. I swear they are plotting my death!
Post # 11
I wouldn’t worry….we had a 14 year old cat who had lived in the same apartment for over 10 years when we moved into our house….she LOVED it…lol…she was zooming everywhere…
2 years later we brought home a puppy…..I swear this made the cat live longer so she could “rule” over the puppy…..
Unfortunately we did have to put her down at 19 (she was very sick and not eating no matter what we did)…..but then a little while later we got a new kitten….
We sometimes dog sit my FFIL’s dog, and the kitten (now 1 year old) will freak for a bit, then starts to torture the dog…..
Cats are quite resilient….I’m sure they’ll be fine….what I do find is that the more you cater/worry/check on them the MORE they will continue that behaviour….they are drama queens and will bask in the attention…I would ignore them and let them do their thing and they’ll come around
Post # 12
It is hard to watch them be afraid and confused! However, they will adjust quickly. It will also probably help that they have each other to “lean on” for courage.
We just moved a couple weeks ago, and our cat adjusted incredibly quickly, (like, within hours), HOWEVER, she had been a stray (and had obviously been someone’s pet at some point before that), had been in the impound, had come to our old home, and then moved with us to the new place. So she was basically just like “whatever” and took it all in stride. Basically walked around sniffing and checking our her new digs and just seemed to not give a da** that her surroundings had completely changed, (with the exception of us, the dog, and our bedroom furniture).
When DH moved in with me years ago, his two cats freaked out. We kept them in a room together for a few days, (I also had two cats, plus a dog, and they had no experience with canines), and they mostly hid under the bed except to eat and use the litter box. They were much more your typical cats during a huge event like moving. Unfortunately, they have since passed, so did not make this move with us. But they did adjust within a few days, and even (mostly) adjusted to my cats within a week or two, (and the dog, but she was a huge pushover who was pretty much afraid of cats, even though she was many times larger than them).
One thing I would recommend is getting a nice, tall cat tower. As per Jackson Galaxy, (from my cat from hell), being high up increases kitty confidence levels. We bought one when we moved. The first day, Minx mostly ignored it, and would jump down if we put her on it. But within a day or two she was scaling it with no fear, (she goes straight up as if it were a tree trunk, rather than using the different levels and ledges). If you’re interested, Overstock.com of all places is where we got ours. Those they had at Petco and the like were super expensive. But for right around $100 were got an awesome 6’6″ cat tower!
Post # 13
Aww they will adjust. When I brought my kitten home we kept his litterbox, food and everything in our bedroom and he liked to just stay under the bed when we were in the room. And we kept the door shut because he felt safer in the smaller space. As he got more comfortable with us, (a day or so) he would come out and play and cuddle and sleep with me, then after a week or so we left the bedroom door open and he would look out there but be too scared to leave, and that turned into 5 feet out the door, 10 feet, etc.
I know we didn’t have a dog for him to adjust to, but it’s sort of the same because absolutly everything was new to him and he was terrified. He was out of his comfort zone, but he adjusted sooooooo well.
Your cats will realize that they are the smarter ones and will have that dog whipped in no time 😉
Post # 14
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The last few times we moved my kitty hid out during daylight and then went exploring in the dark. When we got the other 2 things got so bad I was in tears every day but they’ve all sorted it out now & are happy. Give them some time! 🙂
Post # 15
Rub some Rescue Remedy on their inner ear flaps several times a day or add a few drops to their water bowl.
Post # 16
@MsMonkey: Oh, honey. They’re always plotting your death. They’re cats.