Introducing your cat to his new home can be quite a difficult time. Many cats are very territorial, they will fight with your other pets, and their living space is very limited. However, to make the transition as smooth as possible, you need to use many methods at once.
First of all, you will need to get your cat used to using the litter box; this is often the most difficult part of the process. When a cat has lived in a home for a number of years, they know the boundaries of where the litter box is located. However, when a cat moves into its new home, they can become very confused about what territory they are now in and therefore, cannot use the litter box. This needs to be worked on immediately to prevent your cat from fighting with the other cats in the house.
The best thing to do is to take your cat into its new cat house with you, make sure you introduce it slowly. Your cat needs to feel comfortable with his new environment; he will bond with it very quickly. First of all, you should begin with an old fashioned walk around the room and then move onto other rooms, letting your cat get used to the area that he will now live in. Keep an eye on your cat at all times, they are extremely sensitive to sight and sound, so take special care not to look or sound over the top. Remember, a cat’s sense of smell is ten times more acute than a dog’s, so make sure you talk softly while you walk around.
Next, you are going to want to take your cat into the kitchen, if it is still a kitten. All cats love to see their humans, especially if they have already bonded. Let them sniff the countertop, and see how comfortable they are with it. Cats love things that are familiar to them, and after several days of walking around the kitchen with them, your cat should be able to explore the counters of the rest of the kitchen. Try to keep as much furniture as possible outside, so that the first few days, your cat will not feel intimidated by it, but will eventually learn to use it.
The next place to introduce your cat to his new cat house is the bathroom. Once again, use old-fashioned footstools in the bathroom, and let your cat sniff them. They will not only make them feel better but help to get them used to the new environment, as well. When your cat uses the bathroom, praise them, and if they become too frightened, ask them to go out and leave them alone. A cat needs to understand that their new home is far away from everything else and will panic when confronted with the noises and sights of the rest of the house.
When your cat has had enough of being around people and things, you may need to move them outside for a short period. Make sure you pet them often and make sure that they are not scared of you, just their new surroundings. After a short period, they will become used to the new environment and will be less inclined to panic.
Once you have worked the rest of the house and areas of the house, it is time to put them in their new house. Walk them around and teach them to use the litter box. When your cat begins to get the hang of using the litter box, take them out to the outdoor area, and walk them around the entire house.
After you have walked around the house a few times, you can take them out for the day and begin to play with them. Make sure that they are always receiving some affection and do not forget to feed them regularly. After several weeks, your cat will be thoroughly used to its new environment and will make quite an impression on anyone unfortunate enough to meet them.