How To Get Cats Used To A New Environment
Change Is Often A Good Thing!
Whether you are moving in a new house or you are bringing in a new fur baby, sometimes, it could be tough to get your cat used to a new environment. If two-legged family members take a few days or weeks to get used to a new place, it can even be more difficult for companion pets to adjust.
So, how do you get your cat used to his new environment? Here are a few important and helpful tips.
Make Your Cat Feel Loved And Welcomed
A happy and well-adjusted cat is one that is loved and taken care of. When your cat doesn’t feel loved, even if you give him everything in his new environment, he will still be less likely to feel at home.
Loving your cat means not just giving him what he needs, but also spending time with him. Whether it is playing or watching TV with him, these small acts of bonding bring the best relationship from the two of you.
So, before you can make your cat comfortable with his surroundings, you need to make sure he feels loved and welcomed.
Let Your Cat Get Used To Your Home In Stages
Cats are known to be territorial creatures. This means that they can easily get attached to their surroundings and when you suddenly move them to an unfamiliar territory, they get stressed out.
That’s why it is best to introduce your cat to your home gradually. This means that you can introduce one room at a time. Bring all his belongings such as crater, toys, and bed in one room.
After a few hours or days, when you feel like he is getting comfortable, you can then bring him to another room. This gives him the opportunity to become accustomed not just to the surroundings, but also the sound and smell of the place.
Bring Familiar Objects With Him
If you are moving into a new house, one trick you can do is bring in the same furniture and things with you. The familiar sight of these objects could help your cat get used to his new place faster.
Moreover, his personal belongings should also be included. These include his favorite bed, toys, blanket, and food and water bowl.
This works in two ways. One is that your cat feels in the same place when he sees things he used to see before. Second, cats have a highly sensitive sense of smell. Having his personal belongings around emit a familiar odor that would make him feel safer in a new environment.
Use Pheromone And Natural Products
Pheromones, catnip, essential oils, and other natural products could relax and comfort your cat during a stressful move. If you need further help in this, you can speak to your vet about natural solutions so you know whether they would be safe or not.
These are just some of the best tips you should remember when introducing your cat to a new place. Cats may take a few weeks to around two months before they can fully be accustomed to an environment. So, just give it time, be patient, and don’t get upset. With the right attitude and knowledge, your cat will eventually say, “I’m home.”
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