Cats are creatures of habit and do not adapt to change quickly. Still, this behavior from your beloved feline companion shouldn’t dissuade you from moving into one of the comfortable, convenient, and cat-friendly Temecula apartments such as Sycamore Terrace Apartments. After all, you and your cat deserve the luxury of living in a brand new and spacious home, right?
Of course, this doesn’t mean you should just dump your cat in your new apartment and hope for the best. There are many things you can do to help ease your feline’s transition into your new pad. Some steps you can take include:
Introducing the Apartment Slowly
Upon your arrival, you’ll want to keep your cat in a closed room and away from all the noise that comes with unpacking. This should help prevent causing your cat any undue distress as you get settled into your new home. Once everything is in place, you’ll want to introduce your cat to a new home room-by-room, one room per day. This gives your cat enough time to adjust.
Establishing a “Sanctuary”
Eventually, you will notice your cat will start exploring on its own, but return to a specific section of your new apartment once they become overwhelmed. Take note of this spot and move your cat’s bed to this area as well as any toys to create a sanctuary for your cat.
Using Familiar Sights, Sounds, and Smells
The clean scent and bright colors of spacious apartments in Temecula, CA can be intimidating to cats. Help ease the nervousness your cat feels by including familiar sights, sounds, and smells. For example, continue to use the bright red feeding bowl your cat used in your old apartment and use the same brand of air freshener. By mixing in the familiar with the new, your cat should be able to see that nothing much has changed.
Keeping Your Cat Indoors
Ideally, cats should be kept indoors to avoid injury. If you allow your cat to roam around outside, you may want to hold off from doing this until a later date. Once your cat has acclimated to its new home, this is the time you should allow your cat to wander outside. Like your new apartment, introduce your cat to its new surroundings slowly, preferably 10 minutes on the first day, with the duration of exposure increasing each day.
Introducing Your Cat to a New House, The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
Moving to a New Home with a Cat, WebMD