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We just moved house with our only cat Brian who is just over 1 year old. Brian had never moved house before so I imagine he never even thought of the concept! We moved all of 200m down the road. The porblem is he hates the new place. I have always let him come and go as he pleases with a catflap as I have with all my cats. Moving has never been a problem before but Brian is different. He now spends his days at the old place, only coming home at night (after we go to bed I night add, announcing his arrival very loudly). I have tried making the new place as fun and Brian friendly as possible. I've done escorted walks into the backyard (which is much bigger) with Brian. He seems really scared.
Can anyone offer any suggestions? My partner wants to keep him in the house for a week to see what happens. My suspicion is he'd leave the first chance he gets and I am loathe to 'lock him up'. I hate it when he cries!
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Myself...I would keep him in the house for 1-2 weeks and THEN I'd start to take him outside on escorted forays to discover and claim his yard as his own territory. He may be fearful because you've removed his 'world' and placed it into another rival cat's territory. I would give him time to get comfortable with his family in your new location and then let him begin to explore outside after he is comfortable inside.
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I would keep kitty in for 4 weeks or so before letting him out at all.
 

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As a rule, cats should be kept inside new homes for awhile to allow them to become accustomed to their new environment before letting them outside. And when cats are let outside for the first time(s), they should be closely watched in case they panic and run off. :!:

The duration of keeping cats indoors before letting them outdoors, is somewhat subjective. I think when the cats appear to be relaxed and familiar with their new home, then it may be OK to let them outdoors (supervised). Just bear in mind that the duration of keeping cats indoors could be anything from a week (or two), to many months!! 8O

Patience is important here!! Don't be tempted to let the cats out too soon despite their cries etc.! :idea:
 

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I kept Arianwen indoors for about 6 weeks before going outside with her on supervised playtime.
She was fine, and we both had a great time. Could I have gone out with her sooner? I have a feeling the answer could be yes, but that is strictly intuition, and knowing my kitty.
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