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Thread: moving with a very timid kitty

  1. #1
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    moving with a very timid kitty

    she adopted me two years ago and she was a full grown kitty at that time so she is just over 3 yrs now
    my kitty is really scared of her own shadow

    she is cuddly with me at times but it has to be when she wants to and I must surrender lol

    I remember when I brought her home it took two technicians to put her in the cat container so I think she was traumatized at some point in her short life

    I am concerned because I am moving to a new apt on Oct 1 and want to know how I make it as stress free as possible

    I am thinking do I move her last but seeing all the stuff going out might really terrify her
    do I move her first and maybe keep her in the bathroom at the new place and close the door?

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    I am thinking do I move her last but seeing all the stuff going out might really terrify her
    do I move her first and maybe keep her in the bathroom at the new place and close the door?

    I don't have any real suggestions as I've never moved a pet from one home to another or had an extremely timid cat. However, I am sure there are others here who have and will have suggestions.

    I would like to say that IF at first you put her in the bathroom at the new place and close the door, someone .. don't know who... might just open the door and out she goes. Be careful with her. Good Luck with the move.

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    Definitely consider moving her first, and if you can, bring her over to the new place - with litter box and food, of course, and sit with her for a while until she calms down. leave her some toys, but shot her in one room - the bathroom is fine - and put a big note on the door that says "DO NOT OPEN!!!" in case anyone is helping you move! If you have a little radio you can put in the room with her for some noise, that might help.

    When my brother and his family moved, his cat got so freaked out by the process he managed to wedge himself into a gap between the floors when someone moved a box my brother had placed to block that hole. It took a couple weeks for him to emerge to the now-empty house, thankfully my Dad was around so folks could make visits with a little food/water, but Pip was one freaked-out boy!
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    Although I've never had the experience of moving with pets, I did find good ideas on how to do it
    especially with a fearful cat. Good luck with your move. I hope all goes well.

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