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I moved to a new place with a new roommate about a week ago and brought my cat with me. We’ve given him free reign of the finished basement while he adjusts to things which I know will take a little longer. While I move some things around and get organized down there, I started to move his litter box a little so that I could give it a deep clean (this was before realizing that this may cause anxiety within him, especially with the fresh move). Unfortunately he didn’t take this well and while normally docile, he became uncharacteristically aggressive and started hissing/growling/lunging at me to the point where I had to leave the room. I gave him some time and space and tried to slowly go back down and just see how he reacted, and he’s still doing the same things.

It’s to the point where he’s now blocking the stairs to where his food/water is, and when I tried to give him a small bowl at the top of the stairs, he attempted to run/chase me aggressively to the point where I barely got the door closed in time. It probably also doesn’t help that my roommate has two small dogs which although the cat doesn’t come into contact with, he hears them barking and they know the other is around/smell each other. He’s now mainly sitting at the top of the stairs trying to open the basement door by grasping at the handle/budging the door which is making things worse since I’m worried he could get out (he has opened doors by clinging onto handles before). I’ve blocked the door as best as I can.

Does anyone have advice for how I can make my way down there without risking aggression/injury while also getting him calmer? And any tips for how I can keep myself from showing anxiety? Thanks in advance.
 

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Here's some good advice that I found:

It isn’t you that is frightening him, it is the dogs and the new place. And unfortunately frightened cats sometimes lash out at anyone, even people they love when they are frightened. I would first try to get some Feliway downstairs To help calm him. Bring a bed pillow with you to keep between you and your cat. After lashing out for a second I expect he will go hide. I would care for his food and litter box and then sit on the steps, pillow in front of you and talk to him. I would also have some treats or catnip ready if he comes out, and repeat this several times a day until he calms down.

He does need the opportunity then to explore upstairs,which means corraling the dogs in another room while he is out. I hope that these dogs understand basic commands like sit, stay and leave it, which will make they ultimate introduction easier and safer for all.
 
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