They say moving house is one of the most stressful things for people to do, but how about cats? We sometimes forget how stressful it is for them, too! The aim of this article is to give your some tips about how you can help your cat adjust to a new home.
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Support your catWhen a cat is brought to a new house, it will probably be quite anxious. The new surroundings are unknown and scary, especially for a shy kitty. There are a few things you can do to help your cat overcome its fear.
First of all, leave the carrier you brought your cat in on the floor letting your cat leave it when it's ready. Do not force it to get out! Cats always need some time to get used to new smells and sounds. If this need is respected, the adaptation process is going to be much more comfortable for you both.
Secondly, don't get focused on the routine packing and unpacking too much. Remember there's a furry member of your family that needs your support. Keep giving your cat attention and affection as much as before, and even more. The little sensitive souls love it. Extra petting and a few kind words will surely help your cat feel it's not left on its own. Even though cats are known to be independent, many domestic cats adapt to a new home quicker and easier when they are not ignored. When you're about to pet your cat, it's important that you don't do abrupt movements because they can scare your companion. This wouldn't normally happen (most likely), but being in a new environment intensifies a cat's caution instincts, and therefore the animal becomes more timid.
You know your cat is doing well when it gets curious and starts exploring the new house. Cats are inquisitive by nature, so this probably won't take long. Some individuals, however, may require more time to work up the courage to do it. Give your cat as much time as it needs, and don't forget to support it with attention and love. It's worth mentioning that female cats usually have a more delicate personality than straightforward males, so females may need a little extra patience and care.