when to let a cat out when moved house.

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Found 2nd Aug 2010
ive just moved house and i am not sure how long to keep the cat in for before i let him outside. ive looked on the net and some places say to keep them in for 4-6 weeks, is this normal, i was thinking more like a week. i dont want him to get to use to using his litter tray again as at the other house he hadnt used it for a few months and always went out he catflap.

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as soon as you get there

IIRC we kept ours in for about a week, then they were so desperate to go out we couldn't keep them in any longer. They both came back after their exploring, phew!

as above 4-7 days but after a while they can go mental so kinda see how it goes
Edited by: "Alfonse" 2nd Aug 2010

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i'd say no longer than a few days

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im worried he wont come back, but he is desperate to get out he keeps looking out of windows and crying.

Put butter on his feet and let him out. He'll find his way home again (when he's hungry).

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it dont matter does it really its gotta go out sooner or lata and is still gonna av to explore so whats the difference in letting it owt on the first day?

JustGiles

it dont matter does it really its gotta go out sooner or lata and is … it dont matter does it really its gotta go out sooner or lata and is still gonna av to explore so whats the difference in letting it owt on the first day?



The reason is because the cat will most likely be freaking out after the move - the new place will be totally unfamiliar to him and as a result he won't feel comfortable anywhere in the new place. After a week or so he will be more used to the new place and will be happier to return there.

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JustGiles

it dont matter does it really its gotta go out sooner or lata and is … it dont matter does it really its gotta go out sooner or lata and is still gonna av to explore so whats the difference in letting it owt on the first day?



the stress of moving might make him run off if i let him out right away, i thought it would be better once hes familiar with the house then let him out to explore the new surroundings.

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ye actually when ya put it that way id listen to babab adn wait a few dayz.

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We kept ours in for about two weeks, its worth it to be on the safe side

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i wouldnt keep in 4 a week tho thats abit too long enit, cats are quite intelligent not to venture too far from safety and probably wunt go further than the end of your garden lol hope its goes ok wen ya do let him/her out

Our vets have always said 2 weeks, but one of our cats we were fine to let out after a week. The other one we kept in for longer because he's just a bit dappy and the time didn't feel right. It really does depend on your cat, and also the new home. It's just one of those things you can't put a time frame on really, so you'll have to see how it goes. I wouldn't worry about him 'getting used' to the cat litter as I'm sure when you take it away he'll go outside again without any problems.

Depends if they are used to being outside, how old they are etc

A week or 2 can be ok

I'd really recommend getting some Felliway plug in - it gives out a scent to destress the cats so turn on in new house and they'll feel calm - worked really well when we got a 2nd cat as first one was bit stressed - got that and he chilled out - you cant smell it

We're moving as well soon and will be putting felliway around the new house while they are kept in to get used to the new place

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ours stayed in for 2-3 days then we let them out in the back garden for a supervised walk around lol for the next 2 days

then they were let out when they wanted but never let them go out the front

why do people even have cats as pets?

muffin247

why do people even have cats as pets?



Because they are cute, fun, intelligent, (usually) friendly and loyal - and their owners aren't miserable sods?

Are you implying that cat's don't make good pets, that some other pet would be better or that pets are all unacceptable for some reason?

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muffin247

why do people even have cats as pets?


congrats on winning the dumbest question of the day award
Edited by: "csiman" 2nd Aug 2010

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csiman

see above for the dumb question of the day award

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muffin247

why do people even have cats as pets?

cat owners are intelligent people, hence you don't own one , ha

Let him out when you are likely to be spending a bit of time in the garden. Thats assuming you have a garden. With you around he may be less likely to just wander off and will find it easier to get his new bearings. I would worry more if he has not been neutered. If it were me, I would just let him out the first few times if I were nearby. Once he is used to the new area he will be ok.

Original Poster

thanks for the replys, hes been in for 4days now so might let him in the garden tomorrow, he never went far where we lived before but we lost our other cat a few months back he was run over and id hate to lose this cat aswel.

csiman

congrats on winning the dumbest question of the day award



not really a dumb question i just dont see the point of them, they eat laze around and go outside

maybe a dog but i find cats pointless

muffin247

they eat laze around and go outsidemaybe a dog but i find cats pointless



Sounds like some humans - and I don't see the point in them!
Owning a cat or dog has been proven to be a health benefit (reducing stress), only with a cat you don't have to put up with everything you own smelling like dog, the effort of having to train it, walk it, or the higher cost implications due to the amount of food it will consume. Personally I don't see how some people can own a dog if they think they can simply buy it and that's the end of it, and so I might ask the same question about what's the point - Only I'm not that stupid/antagonistic/narrow-minded..

We let ours out after a week and he was fine, worried abut the first night though when there wasno sign of him for hours

We let both of ours out after about 5 or 6 days I think and they've been fine ....... he tends to explore a lot and wanders off but always comes home and cries if he thinks he's not getting enough attention, whereas she never goes far and is never heard ..... though we do get a lot of mice brought home lately . There's rabbits, foxes and at least one hedgehog living in the field at the bottom of our garden though so plenty for them to play with !!

I agree with the whole dogs are better than cats, but dogs need a hell of a lot more commitment to keep.

Cats are far better than dogs - more intelligent, easier to look after and safer around children - after all, you never get stories in the papers about kids being savaged or killed by them ...

muffin247

not really a dumb question i just dont see the point of them, they eat … not really a dumb question i just dont see the point of them, they eat laze around and go outsidemaybe a dog but i find cats pointless



So you pretty much dismiss all pets apart from dogs then? If that's the case why bother patronising a thread that's all about cats?

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Just let it out straight away. If it doesnt return, just get a replacement, or just be grateful - and replace with a dog! X)

"Who let the cats out, who, who who who"

With me... I opened the bedroom window to let them on the half roof the first night as they meowed like bloody mad.. Next morning I fitted cat flaps and left them to it...

I still have them safe and sound...

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your cat will mark its territory and smell its way home anyway. unless it gets run over

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guv

Just let it out straight away. If it doesnt return, just get a … Just let it out straight away. If it doesnt return, just get a replacement, or just be grateful - and replace with a dog! X)

yeah and have a awfull smelly house, jesus some houses I work at absolutely stink and they can't even smell it , totally oblivious to the fact that they exist in such a terrible rank atmosphere

Babbabooey

Put butter on his feet and let him out. He'll find his way home again … Put butter on his feet and let him out. He'll find his way home again (when he's hungry).



LOL thats the biggest myth about cats! Dont do it, its not true.
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