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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-02-2019, 12:14 PM Thread Starter
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Helping Cats Adjust to Move

So I am looking into moving finally after years of living at home and am looking into an apartment complex instead of a house. I have never ever moved with my kitties before and I know they are not the biggest fans of changes. I was wondering if anyone has any advice or tips to make the transition from a huge 4 bedroom, 2 floor house to a one floor 1-2 bedroom apartment?
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A couple of tall cat trees can help (not identical), as well as window shelves that cats can sit on to look outside. My cats looove to go out in a pet stroller (ones that are zipped with netting), but do it on warm days over 70F, and pick quiet traffic streets, or a park. It gives them lots of different scents to smell, other animals (dogs, squirrels, birds etc.) to look at, and a change of view. Start out with a fairly short walk, say 15 mins. and gradually increase the time---give them treats when finished. Change their toys around from plastic spirals, ping pong balls--some cats like to play with ping pong balls in a bathtub, and wand toys to play with them and get them moving around. A cardboard box with holes cut in sides can amuse. Have fun!

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Cats adapt so easily. I've moved 5 times since I've had the girls, my last move was 500 miles away. The size of the home doesn't matter, vertical space matters more. Just bring their favorite toys, cat trees, etc. A cat tree next to a window is the best!

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Thank you both so much for your suggestions! We currently have a cat room completely designed with their needs in mind cat trees, scratchers, window perch, shelves, toys, etc...I'm not sure how much space I'll be working with just yet but I plan on making it as nice as I can for them and their doggy siblings. I'll have to look into the stroller idea right now they go out in the backyard(fenced in) supervised or on their harness and leash but I'm not sure how well a walk would go depending on where we move too.
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Another question regarding this. If they begin to panic at the sight of things being put away in boxes does anyone have any suggestions for how I can help make that process a little easier? Of course assuming they won't attempt to jump into the boxes instead.
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My girls didn't panic over the boxes and, yes, they did jump in them. But to answer your question, I would buy them a couple new toys or give them some packing paper to play with. My girls go nuts over tissue paper, packing paper, etc. Put ping pong balls or crinkle balls in a box. Turn a box on its side with a blanket and let them hang out there. You know what their favorite things are, distraction is the key if they start panicking.

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Thank you for your suggestions! I'm assuming their just going to want to jump in the boxes and think of it as a game as whenever we get a box they go nuts over it but I never put anything in them so I'm unsure of how they'll react to that.
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My girls jumped in the boxes while they were empty, while I was putting stuff in them and when they were full. They loved the whole process.

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I'm hoping thats how my girls and boy react as well!
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