my mom just moved into a new house she brought her cat over yesterday but she will not leave the carrier not even to eat

what can she do? she has taken her out to show her the litter box, food, and water. she has given her treats and loves. but she goes straight back to the carrier each time. she had been in there for at least 24hrs now.

Asked by Deohgee on Dec 29th 2011 in Fears & Phobias
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Poor thing. Cats are pretty territorial and often creatures of habit- moves can be devastating to us. If she's not eating or drinking at all that is an emergency situation and she needs to see a vet to be checked for problems with starvation and dehydration, plus look into being treated temporarily with an anti-anxiety medication to ease her stress.

If she'll come out quickly to eat, drink, and use the litter but goes back in she just needs time to adjust. Keeping her in a small, quiet bedroom with familiar smelling furniture- cat furniture she often laid on and any unwashed bedding she or your mom used before the move, can help her accept that the new place isn't THAT different, and once she's totally comfortable in one room she can explore the rest of the new house at her own pace. Giving her run of the whole house right off the bat is more overwhelming and could lead to her bolting out the front door and getting lost! Don't push her, give her months to adjust if she needs it.

Cali answered on 12/29/11. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 1 Report this answer


Bailey spent the first 2 days in my new house in the closet hiding under a pile of central vacuum hoses when I moved the cats. Just make sure she knows where her things are and can get to them easily and I am sure she will come out when nobody is looking and she feels safer. They usually sneak out when you're not around to take a look around in private. Anything that smells like home will help. Like blankets or even your Mom's already worn clothing if she could leave some lying around. Be patient and try to keep things as quiet as possible until she feels safe.

Bailey answered on 12/30/11. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 1 Report this answer