Cats

Cats

MOVING HOUSE WITH PETS

Moving house can be stressful not only for us but for your pets as well. The most dangerous problem you will face is that your cat or dog will escape from your new home and become lost as it is not familiar with its new surroundings. For dogs, you must examine the fences of your new home to ensure they are dog proof and make sure there are no horizontal beams for the dog to use as a ladder to climb up on.

 Stopping your cat from roaming is more difficult. Cat enclosures can be constructed and are available commercially. Alternatively keep your cat inside the house and endeavour to ensure it is totally familiar with its new territory. This can take from a few days to a few weeks. The priority for most cats is to eat and sleep, so work on these aspects of your cats new lifestyle first. Feed your cat tasty meals 4-5 times a day as it gives your cat a “fun focus” associated with its new eating spot. Let the cat hunt for its food by leaving small amounts of cat food in several locations or by scattering dry food over the floor in the laundry. Take some familiar article of bedding from your old home complete with bits of cat hair, and leave it where you feel will be the cats favourite resting spot. Allow your cat to perch on furniture or near an outside window so it can view its new territory, without getting out yet.

 Another useful trick is to rub a damp towel over your cats body and face and then rub the towel with the scent onto prominent surfaces around the house such as corners of furniture and on doorways. This marks the new house with the cats scent. A product called “Feliway” can be purchased from Mudgee Vet hospital which contains a synthetic equivalent of the scents or pheromones that are found on a cats body and face. These pheromones create a calming effect in the cat and has been proven as an effective control for behaviour problems such as urine spraying.

When releasing your pet into its new environment it is essential to take a few days and limit the times outside and increase over a period of days. Cats can be placed in cages where they can view their surroundings and become  desensitised more slowly. Always try and spend quality time with your dog, keeping him active and involved with what’s going on in your life at the time. It is recommended to have both your cats and dogs microchipped and always have a collar with an ID tag on your dog. The staff at Mudgee Vet Hospital can offer more helpful advice and help with any identification items.

 

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