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New Environments:

  • Moving to a new home or rearranging furniture can disrupt your cat's sense of security.
  • Introduce changes gradually and provide familiar objects, like bedding or toys, in the new environment.

Boarding

  • When your cat is boarded, she's in an unfamiliar environment with new people and animals.
  • Choose a boarding facility you trust and feel comfortable with. Request a tour of the kennel.
  • Bring the cat's own food, blanket, toys, and a couple of articles of your clothing to provide comfort.
  • Ask the staff not to remove the cat's carrier from the cage and leave a spare piece of your clothing sealed in a plastic bag.
  • When you bring the cat home, ensure her refuge is available. Other cats may treat her as an outsider due to the kennel scent, so reintroduce her slowly if needed.

Moving Furniture

  • Moving furniture changes the familiar layout of your cat's environment.
  • Before moving furniture, provide the cat with a refuge and leave a TV or radio on in that area.
  • Use Feliway in the area where furniture was moved to provide a calming influence.
  • Let the cat explore the new layout at her own pace and maintain her refuge for familiar comfort.

Moving to a New Home

  • Before packing, provide your cat with a refuge and leave a radio or TV playing in or near it.
  • When you arrive at your new home, set up a new refuge for your cat.
  • Spend quality time with your cat in the refuge, playing with her favorite toy, petting her, or brushing her.
  • Leave the cat in the refuge until everything is moved in and everyone else is settled.
  • Allow the cat to investigate her new surroundings on her own, and keep the refuge available for her to come and go as she wishes.

Remodeling

  • Remodeling exposes your cat to new sights, sounds, and smells.
  • A few days before remodeling, provide a refuge for the cat and leave a radio or TV playing in or near it.
  • Use Feliway in the remodeled area to provide a calming influence.
  • Let the cat explore the remodeled room at her own pace and maintain her refuge for familiar comfort.
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