Not all cats are made for the indoors. Some just want to be outside. Some enjoy both worlds and will want to come into your warm and cozy home at night or in times of rainy or cold (or even too hot) weather. For these cats, it will take a little ingenuity to transfer their familiar habitat to another location.
The first thing to know is that you will definitely need to isolate an outdoor cat into a closed-in place, such as a room inside your home (or a crate if you don’t have a room for him). Just know that you need a dedicated space from which your cat cannot escape. It is best not to move them to the new location until after the movers have completed your move and you are actively living there. This will make the cat feel more comfortable about his new place since he will already have some anxiety about the move.
Set up this dedicated area prior to bringing the cat over
In this area, you will need to put their litter box, food, water, bedding, and a few familiar toys. Be sure the temperature in the area they are to stay is comfortable and not in a hot room with little or no circulation. If you can, try placing the cat where they can view a TV screen and put on a Youtube for cats. There are many of them out there that run for approximately 8 hours). Here’s a good one called Videos for Cats to Watch: An 8-hour Bird Bonanza [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xbs7FT7dXYc]. This will not only entertain your cat, but it will also serve to drown out any outside noises that your cat will not be familiar with.
You will need a cat carrier to transport your cat to your new location. Be sure the cat carrier is secured with a buckle in the backseat. You should go directly from point A to point B with your cat to minimize the time they spend in the car and in the carrier.
Do not let the cat out of the carrier until they are inside the room you have prepared for them. Once you release them from the carrier, stay with them for a while to assure them of your love and presence in their new home. At this point, it is a good idea to give them some of their favorite treats.
Most have agreed that one to three days inside this room is a good amount of time for the cat to adjust and familiarize itself with the odors, etc., that are in your new home. However, it is a good idea to keep your cat inside for at least two weeks after the move before you let it out. If you let the cat out too early, and before it has bonded with the area, it will bolt and try to find its way back to its familiar territory.
It is not a bad idea to register your cat in your local area prior to allowing your cat to go outside. Buy a collar to put their identification tag on them. This may assist you in trying to find them in the event they do leave in search of their old stomping grounds. Once you do release them to the outside, you should initially stay with them as an underscore that you are present and still in their lives. However, do not leave them outside indefinitely as the risk is extremely high that your cat may run off to more familiar grounds.
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