The territory It is a vital issue for the cat: the work of exploration and defense of its space occupies 90% of its time. In this task, your main tool is the "marked": through bodily secretions, urine or excrement, the cat communicates to its peers the limits of its territory and at the same time establishes strategic reference points for its own location.
For this reason, a change of territoryOr for the homemade cat it is a source of stress. As in everything, there is diversity: some cats can cope with change, for others, instead, it unleashes a true identity crisis.
The Dr. Maria Grazia Calore, veterinarian and pet behavior expert helps us understand our cats better, and teaches us how we can make a less traumatic move for them.
When does a cat's territory change?
The territory of a cat does not change only with a move or with a trip, but with all spatial change which affects the environment with which the cat is familiar. For example, when the old sofa is replaced by a new one, when the walls of the house are painted or when we change a corner floor. Even replacing one of your posts to scratch or clean the place where you sleep using cleaning products that leave a strong smell, can alter the reference system of the pussycat.
How to make our cat feel at home
If we are planning to make a trip or move, we should try to lessen the effects of transfer in our cats. Diffusers and sprays that spread hormones mimic the effect of marking the territory of the cat, which contributes to provide peace of mind. To use it correctly, it is advisable to place the diffuser from a few days before at the site that is going to be abandoned, and then use it to impregnate the new home with these smells before the cat arrives. The aerosol sprays Pheromones to reduce stress should be applied to the cat's favorite objects: its cushion, its vertical scraper, its blankets and its transport cage. When applying it, we must take into account that a few minutes must elapse between its application and the contact of the objects with the cat, so that the alcohol contained in these products can evaporate.
Another measure to help the pussy go through this phase so delicate that it is moving, is to place all your favorite objects in a small area within the new environment, thus limiting the space of the cat for a few days: we will greatly reduce your nervousness using This trick. After the cat has explored and marked this small space, we can allow him, little by little, to continue the exploration of the rest of the house. Also, if the cat beckons to be particularly sensitive, we should avoid using cleaning products in the parts closest to the ground (up to about 20 cm high) of furniture, doors, floodgates and chairs. In this way, we will not only protect the reference system spacel of our pet, but our furniture will get rid of the revenge of being marked or damaged by the cats themselves, making the move in the end more stressful in total.
By Alejandra Barrera A.
It turns out that one day for issues that can be very varied you decide to change your home, everything is ready, you have the reasons, the place and suddenly a slight meow near you reminds you that you have not thought of something, your furry friend and inseparable companion who by the way loves his territory is going through a huge change along with you, only that, unlike you he will not understand that it is for good.
The process of moving is complicated even for people, changing the environment and getting used to a new place where feeling comfortable, safe and confident can take time, now imagine how difficult it can be for your cat to go through that situation, when his feline nature prevents him from seeing beyond the loss of his territory. Therefore, it is important that as your owner you are prepared, be tolerant and facilitate the process as much as possible.
Remember that your cat is by nature an animal of territory, for all the years that he has been with you he has been marking your house, your furniture and even you with his scent, if she goes out to the street, she knows him the way back is perfect because it has long marked tree walls, and other objects that help you each time to know the way back with your beloved human companion, that is what it means to have a territory, which by the way includes you.
So that your move does not mean a total trauma in your kitty's life, here are some points that should be considered before and after carrying out a move with your feline friend.
1.- Protect the cat.
The house will be chaos, strange people will come in and out of the environment, which can cause a certain degree of stress to the cat, and let's be realistic even if you are so busy that you probably can't attend To a cat running all over the house. Having your cat intervene, no matter how adorable he usually is, believe me it's not in your plans. So for your safety and your psychological well-being, put it in a safe place. It may be a room that is already empty, or in the carrier where you will take it to your new home. If possible, look for the place farthest from the noise where you can be calm.
2.- He must be the last to leave the house.
The reason is simple, since the house represents the safest place for your pet to get out of it will mean a high degree of stress, so you will feel much calmer if you spend as little time as possible. in the car, in the midst of so much hustle and bustle.
Some specialists recommend that you prevent your cat's vomiting by restricting food 3 hours before the trip.
During the journey
Most cats are not accustomed to the bustle of cars, so possibly the stress causes them to break or try to get out of the cage, a good dose of pre-trip play would be ideal, for a much more bearable trip, you can also try to put some toys with catnip in their cage so they feel a little more relaxed and decrease the level of stress on their way to their new home.
For some cats that have never traveled by car the movement can cause vomiting, or involuntary evacuations take care that the floor of the carrier is lined with some absorbent material, since the cats do not like the sensation of wet. Personally, something that has worked very well for me is the use of adult diapers.
4.- NOT BY WRONG
For NO reason put the cat in the trunk of the car, or in a place that does not have enough ventilation.
DO NOT let the cat out of the carrier, if the cat is bad because it is nervous, the change will be difficult for him so that for no reason you release the cat before being in a safe environment, that can cause problems and can hurt itself.
Make sure your cat is fresh and comfortable throughout the trip, for this his cage must be large enough for him to move. If the trip is very long you can offer water to your little one. Making a special stop to do it in a controlled environment or with a special drinker for travel.
If you have more than one cat it is good that they are close but each one in their own carrier since stress can cause irregular behavior in cats, causing some of them to become especially irritable.
5.- It was the last but they must be the first
Find the right place to leave your cat when he arrives at his new home. It can be a room where you put your basic things like your sandbox, food dishes, favorite toy and bed, I recommend that when you open the door of your carrier and be the one who chooses when to leave, leave the transporter no door in the room since in case of feeling danger I will seek shelter in what he knows.
Once the arrangement of your furniture is finished, open the door so that they can go out to explore, secure windows and doors so that the cat cannot leave the house, since he will not understand the concept `` new home '', for The only thing that exists is an unknown territory.
6.-Grant your time and do not force it.
Let it be the same who explores everything at its own pace and in its terms, for some cats this can be a long process, especially if furniture has not been preserved or the change has been very drastic, encourage it happening Time playing with him and keep him indoors for at least 2 weeks.
Remember to use an identification plate with your data in case you get away from home. Be patient with him and keep his routine so that he feels comfortable.
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Cats are territorial animals that establish strong links with their surroundings. And if a house change is usually a stressful situation for almost anyone, it is even more so for these animals. Why is it something you find so complicated?
These felines have several ways of marking what they consider their territory: they restrict their bodies and head from different sides of the house, and unmarried males and some females also do so with urine drops. Likewise, they delimit different zones according to the activities that they carry out there: feeding, playing, hunting or resting areas.
It is all this complexity of the territory that has delimited those that makes them complicated with a change of house, where they will have to do everything again. How to make this situation more bearable?
In the first place, as a precaution in case it is altered and ends up escaping, it is good to put a necklace with the address and telephone. You also have to pay attention to places that are not very accessible or narrow, such as closets, under furniture or in between appliances. When cats are nervous or stressed, they usually look for places like those to take refuge.
As for the day of the move, it is advisable to keep them in a room, isolated from noise, people, open doors and all the movement that results from the transfer of furniture. In this place you must have all your things like bed, plates, toys and litter box. This room should be left for last.
The transfer also has its own challenges, since cats do not usually feel comfortable when traveling by car. It is advisable to feed him at least three hours before the trip and make it light. And if this will be very long, make some stops so you can drink water or use the sandbox.
Once the animal arrives at the new house, an operation similar to when it was kept locked before the transfer should be repeated. That is, the piece in which we will install this pet should first be enabled, while all the furniture is unloaded. This space will allow you to rest and recover from the transfer in the car, and will also isolate you from all the hustle and bustle. It is also advisable to feed him at this time.
After the furniture discharge is finished and the cat has become accustomed to the room, you can go out and explore the rest of the new house, piece by piece. If once you open the door you run, it is better to wait a day or two, or try again. You must show peace of mind to show that it is a safe place. Care must also be taken that the doors and windows are closed.
If your pet is used to leaving, wait a couple of days after the change, then you can leave it free, but under supervision or on a leash. From two or three days after these walks, you can start to go out more alone, but the first time you go outside, it is suggested that you do it for some day when you are present. All these procedures also help you not to return to the old home.
One tip to encourage acclimatization is to help spread its smell throughout the house. With a soft cotton cloth or thin cotton gloves, gently rub it around the cheeks and head. So you can pick up the smell they secrete thanks to their facial glands. Then you have to rub the cloth or gloves for different places in the house that are at the level of the cat.
Taking precautions, and although it may behave strange at first, this cat should take between one week and two months to get used to. However, it will also depend on the personality of the cat, the shy ones may find it more difficult to adapt.
Finally, you should take into account if the move involves the change of a home other than the one you were used to. For example, if a cat was used to living indoors, it is not necessary to force it out if in the new house they have the opportunity to do so. On the contrary, you have to wait for him to decide if he wants to explore outside, keeping the door open so he can enter if something scares him.
On the other hand, if the transfer is from house to apartment, it has the advantage that you will not have to face other cats, which would happen if the change were reversed.
For those cats that will live exclusively inside the house, it is necessary to encourage them to exercise and thus avoid getting bored. Among the recommendations to improve their environment are: play with it at least once a day, have high places that can be climbed and scratch posts that can climb, in addition to hiding dry food in different places of the house, so that you have the opportunity to discover it and “hunt it”.
And you have faced a house change with your cat?