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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-02-2008, 10:02 PM Thread Starter
 
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Making him comfortable.

If I get my grandparents cat, my mom said he will be a little scared for a few days, hiding under things until he gets used to his new surroundings. What could we do to make him more comfortable?
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-02-2008, 11:31 PM
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First, give him only a small, quiet room to himself. Have the basics; food, water, litterbox, place to sleep. A bathroom works well, or a bedroom. Important thing is to have available a safe place for him to 'hide' in, and let him hide there until he is comfortable coming out on his own, don't drag him out.

With a small room like that, you can visit him often to bring food or just sit and talk to him, pet him or read a book if he is shy and hiding. As he gets more comfortable, and wants to see what is on the other side of the door, open it and walk out with him for short periods and then return him before he can become frightened of anything. Always leave him wanting 'more'. Eventually, he will grow confident enough to explore the whole house and learn where everything is.

Good luck with the new kitty!
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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-03-2008, 01:20 AM
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If he has anything of his own, be sure to bring it with (beds, blankets, toys, bowls, etc)...if that is possible.

If he is/was attached to your grandparents, it might help to take a blanket or some clothes of theirs (not clean), so that he has familiar smells around him. Feed him the same food (at least initially) and use the same litterbox and litter that your grandparents used for him.

You can try different things later (if you want to) but it will help if everything is the same except for the space that he's in.
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-03-2008, 03:52 PM Thread Starter
 
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Thank you so much, that helps alot!

He'd sleep in my room, I'd keep his bed and stuff in my room, and his litterbox and food downstairs in the laundry room, but I'd change that for awhile until he's used to it.

Thanks!
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-04-2008, 08:55 PM
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It's less stressful for him if you give him a space that includes all of his necessities. Just don't put his food right next to his litterbox. Scoop his litter box twice a day, and change his water twice a day to be sure it's always very fresh.

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