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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-18-2007, 02:53 PM Thread Starter
 
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a desperate person

hello
im just looking for a little advice
we moved to a new house almost 2 months ago
its 20-minutes-walking far from the old house
i took my 2 cats with me
they never were closed in a room\house before, but
when we moved i really tried to close them inside the house
well, both have had the share of "being closed in the house" for days and days, one of them seemed rather adjusted, he went out alot and would come back, but as for now both of them are at the old house.
they keep escaping there.
the female cat already escaped 3 times, and the male twice.
now theyre both there, and im so exhausted, and dont know what to do anymore.
i dont think they can handle well on their own, they are 3 years old and were born in my old garden, (not by my or anyone elses choice except thyr mom's) and i gave them food since i first noticed them, when they were still breastmilking.
i simply dont know what to do -- leave them there, or keep trying?
i can live without them, im just worried for them.
well if anyone is to advice.....thank you..
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-18-2007, 04:43 PM
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You can live without them but they can't live without you.

I'd go back and catch them up, trundle them back to the new home and keep them indoors. Tough nougies if they want back out. They need to learn that this new home is now their permanant home. They can only do this if you keep them indoors for a lengthy time.
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Whenever I move, I keep my cats in a specific room for a few days. I'm sure it sucks for them, but it gives time to get used to new sounds smells and so on and gives a safe area.

After a while I let them out when I am home, carry them around with me, let them explore if they want or just cuddle with me. Then put them back in their room afterwards. This process lasts about a week or two.

Then I just leave the door open and they walk around the house on their own. After a while they just settle in and learn this is their new home and it is where I am. It gave me time to leave my scent around the house so the house does not feel "new" but a little familiar.

After a month they have free reign of the house with a cat door to their own room (my computer room) to escape from my dog if needed. It's not that hard to keep a cat contained.
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-18-2007, 06:17 PM
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I agree. You'll have to keep them in the house for many weeks. Otherwise, they'll keep going back. This is a crucial time for your kitties. Keep them in one room, and go in and play with them often.




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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-18-2007, 06:45 PM
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We had someone else with the same problem just recently: https://www.catforum.com/viewtopic.php?t=44957
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