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COMINGS AND GOINGS:

  • Cats can be sensitive to changes in routines or the presence of unfamiliar people.
  • Maintain a consistent schedule and provide a quiet, safe space for your cat to retreat to.

Vacation:

  • Pet sitter: Hire a pet sitter to stay with or visit your cat daily. Introduce the sitter to your cat beforehand and schedule play dates to build a positive relationship.
  • Refuge: Create a safe, familiar space for your cat while you're away, equipped with your scent, toys, and comforting white noise from a radio or TV.

New Person Moving In:

  • Maintain routine: Keep your cat's daily routine as normal as possible.
  • Increase interaction: Provide extra playtime and grooming sessions to reassure your cat.
  • Slow introduction: Allow your cat to investigate the new person at her own pace, and involve the new person in play sessions with treats.

Introducing Your New Baby:

  • Preparation: Familiarize your cat with baby scents and sounds before the baby arrives.
  • Nursery: Allow your cat to explore the nursery gradually, maintaining her refuge nearby.
  • Crib deterrent: Make the crib undesirable to the cat by placing empty soda cans or using a crib net.

Temporary Absence of Primary Caretaker:

  • Interaction: Have other family members spend more time with the cat.
  • Refuge: Provide a safe, familiar place for your cat while you're gone, with your scent and calming background noise.

Familiar Person Leaving:

  • Maintain routine: Keep your cat's routine consistent.
  • Increase interaction: Provide extra attention and playtime to comfort your cat.

Death of a Human or Animal Family Member:

  • Understanding grief: Recognize that cats experience grief and may exhibit changes in behavior.
  • Maintain routine: Keep your cat's routine as normal as possible.
  • Provide comfort: Increase playtime and grooming sessions to reassure your cat.

Entertaining Guests:

  • Refuge: Provide a safe space for your cat to retreat to during hectic times.
  • Respect privacy: Ensure guests respect your cat's space and don't force interaction.
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