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A cat is coming into the house as a new member of the family or is about to move to a larger apartment or other city: what you should know to successfully get your cat used to a new home.

The best tips to get your cat used to a new home

10 tips for a young, new cat

1. Take a vacation
Take a few days off to help your cat get used to it.
2. Cat resting room
Prepare a "cat rest room" that is locked at the beginning and where she has time to discover everything without the hustle and bustle and to get used to the new smells. Create a cat-friendly atmosphere.
3. Pick them up with a transport box
Put it down in the prepared "cat rest room", open it and wait.
4. Let them choose their own pace
She should decide for herself when to leave the transport box, how quickly she wants to explore her new home and how many pats she wants to get. Don't overwhelm them. Don't worry, if she wants to play or be petted, she will voluntarily seek your attention.
5. Avoid loud music and restlessness
Make sure that the atmosphere is relaxed and calm. Ask the children who are present to give the cat “their” time.
6. Increase your range of motion
Once the cat has successfully settled in its "cat rest room", let it gradually explore the entire apartment or house. However, before your range of motion is increased, you should already clearly feel good and be trusting to those around you.
7. Cuddle and play
Cuddling and playing can shorten the acclimatization phase: Take time for your cat and play with her. Cat toys can work wonders in getting used to it.
8. Change affects the stomach in cats
Your kitten may be the first few days eats less. Don't worry, this is normal. But watch their eating behavior. Offer her lukewarm, easily digestible light foods several times a day. If your cat eats little or no food for several days, there could be other causes.
9. The litter box trick
If you bought the cat from a breeder, get some old litter for the new litter box so that the litter box smells like it did in its old home. That way she will find it faster and accept it.
10. Arrange food, water bowl and litter box
Your cat has successfully settled in and is now roaming the whole house and apartment? Now you can gradually bring food, water bowls and litter boxes to the places where you would like them to be.

5 tips for an older cat

1. Cat Rest Room
Prepare a place for them in their new home: As with acclimatizing a young cat, it makes sense to prepare a "cat rest room" where they can get to know their new surroundings and new smells in a relaxed manner.
2. Get them used to a transport box in advance.
So she has enough time to prepare for the move.
3. Better to start with old furniture than new
Getting used to it is easier old and familiar cat furniture, which are arranged in a similar way to the old home. Don't buy everything new right away. Cats are creatures of habit. Better one change after another than all at once.
4. Toys
Don't forget to take your usual toys with you. This will help her get used to it faster.
5. Give her time and take your time
So nothing stands in the way of a relaxed move and your cat will quickly get used to their new home.

Checklist: This is what the cat rest room should look like

Every cat needs a cat quiet room for the acclimatization phase in its new home. Keep the following 5 things in mind when setting up this special room:

  1. Create a cat-friendly atmosphere with climbing and scratching opportunities.
  2. Make sure that there are no poisonous plants in the room or household.
  3. Clear the window sill to give her the opportunity to observe the surroundings.
  4. So that she can find her way around faster, it makes sense to choose rooms with few hiding spots.
  5. Food, water bowls and litter boxes should be available in their “new little realm” at the beginning.

Checklist: Your cat's first time outdoors in the new home

A new home always means a new territory for the cat. Before you let her outside for the very first time, the cat should be fully acclimatized to its new home. Periods between at least4 and 8 weeks. If your velvet paw has previously been an indoor cat, you will need a little more time to get your cat used to being outdoors.

Otherwise there is a risk that the cat may return to its old home, because cats are equipped with a particularly strong sense of direction. The first passage can be just as nerve-wracking for cats as it is for their owners. Follow this checklist when you go out with your cat for the first time:

  • Therefore, make sure that if she is afraid she can return to her home immediately.
  • Just leave them out for a few minutes at the beginning and increase the length of time from day to day.
  • The early afternoon is ideal for the first outdoor walks.
  • Do not give her too much to eat beforehand, so that if she does get a thirst for adventure, she can return to eat in the evening at the latest.
  • Your cat should also be healthy, vaccinated and ideally already neutered.