Cats are territorial animals, and changes in their home can cause stress. Whether you're moving into a new home with your cat, or you're having renovations done on your current home, cats are territorial animals that like to have some semblance of control over their surroundings. When that changes, cats get stressed out.
For example, moving furniture changes a cat's territory, and her familiar marks. Redecorating changes a cat's perception of the space she knows. Adding or replacing furniture creates environmental changes and can be stressful for cats, resulting in vertical scratching, urine spraying, and other stress behavior.
Moving homes can be stressful for cats. Cats become quite attached to their environment, with each room and each piece of furniture being marked with their scent as a way to establish their territory.
Being aware of these changes and how Comfort Zone products can help is important, so that your cat can adjust to the new scenery and remain her usual loving self.
Help cats cope with home improvements
Plug in a Comfort Zone Calming Diffuser 24 hours before making changes to your home. The diffuser will last for four weeks, and helps your cat adjust to a changing environment. Stress behavior such as vertical scratching is usually the result of stress, and using Comfort Zone products can help save your new furniture from stress-related reactions.
Behavioral urine spraying
If your cat is directing urine onto a vertical surface (marking), Comfort Zone products are effective in helping to control this behavior. Example behaviors and stress-triggers might be:
- You (or your cat) has recently moved
- Loud noises
- New pet in the house
- New furniture in the house
Moving with your cat? Here's how you can make it less stressful:
- On the day of the move, place your cat or cats into one room that has been cleared, and close the door. Leave food, bedding, a litter tray, and one piece of furniture in/under which he can hide. Place the cat carrier in the room with its door open. Make sure your movers know the door to the room must remain closed to prevent your pet from running away.
- If you have access to the new property before you move, it is helpful to plug in a Comfort Zone Calming Diffuser to make your cat feel more comfortable when she arrives.
- Try to unload one room first. You can place your cat here to rest and recover from the car journey while you sort out the rest of the house.
- When you first allow your cat outside, choose a weekend when you are home, and let her out just before meal time.
- Ensure your cat is micro-chipped in case she gets lost.