How To Transition A Cat To A New Home

How To Transition A Cat To A New Home


If your cat is about to move into a new home where there are also dogs, you’ll want to take some time to acclimate your cat to his new environment. A new home can be very stressful for cats and dogs, so it’s important to help them get used to the change in their routine and surroundings. Follow these steps for the smoothest transition from one home to another:

Choose A Room For The Cat’s New Space.

When choosing a room for the cat’s new space, it is important to keep in mind that they will be spending a lot of time there and want it to be comfortable. As such, you should consider selecting a room with:

  • A door that can be closed and opened. This is especially important if you’ll need to leave the house at any point during your cat’s transition period.
  • A window. Whether your cat likes them or not isn’t really relevant; windows provide great opportunities for exercise and are even better than trees when it comes to relieving themselves!

Acclimate Your Cat To His New Environment With A Crate.

To acclimate your cat to his new home and to keep him safe while you’re away, you’ll want to purchase a crate. Cats are natural den animals, so they feel safer when they can hide or burrow in a small space.

The crate should be large enough for your cat to turn around in and stretch out if he wants (if there is enough room), but not so large that he has room to run around the inside of it. The best type of crate is one with mesh wire on all sides so that your cat can see out of it and still feel secure. In addition, make sure that it’s easy for you to clean up any messes made by your cat in his crate (don’t forget about those claws!).

Let The Cat Get Used To The New Home While Keeping Him Separated From Dogs.

  • Let the cat get used to the new home while keeping him separated from dogs.
  • Introduce the cat to his new home in a quiet room, and keep him in a crate until he is comfortable.
  • Keep your dog away from the cat and vice versa.
  • If possible, keep your dog in another area of the house and away from where you want your cat to be sleeping for at least two weeks after moving into their new home together (cats are territorial).

Let The Cat Explore His New Home Without Dogs Around.

Now that you have a new cat, it’s important to let him explore his new home without dogs around. If possible, keep the dogs in another room so that they don’t scare or startle your cat.

Letting your cat get used to his new environment will make the transition easier for both of you and help him feel more comfortable when it comes time to bring in other pets as well.

Let The Cat And Dog Explore Each Other From A Distance.

Once you’re sure the cat is comfortable in his new home, it’s time to let him and the dog explore each other from a distance. To do this, put them in separate rooms. If your cat is fearful of the dog, put something in between them so they can see each other but not get too close. This may take several days or even weeks depending on how used to being around dogs your cat is and how well behaved your dog is with cats.

Once they are comfortable with seeing each other without getting too close (the length of time will depend on the individual animals), bring them together under close supervision in an area where there are no objects that could be knocked over if either animal gets too excited (like a long hallway with lots of room). Let them sniff at one another without petting or handling by either owner until both animals seem calm enough to leave each other alone again without having any negative reaction such as aggressive behavior toward either owner or another animal present during the meeting period

Slowly Introduce The Cats And Dog.

To help your cat acclimate to the new surroundings, you must slowly introduce her to her new dog. Do not let the cat and dog interact until they are comfortable with each other.

Don’t force them together until both are ready for it as this may cause stress for one or both pets. Your first step should be to have your cat’s litter box placed in a quiet area of the house where it won’t be disturbed by activity from other animals or humans passing by and make sure there is good access for cleaning purposes as well.

It is important to introduce you cat to his new home slowly

Cats are territorial, and they need time to get used to the new surroundings. It’s best to take your cat on a tour of all the rooms and let him explore on his own terms. This is especially important if your cat has been declawed or had previous injuries that made it difficult for him to walk or jump.

There are also many ways you can introduce your cat to his new home safely:

  • Let him smell all of the places where he will be spending time at first before actually going there
  • Don’t force him into situations where he feels trapped or cornered, like being in a room with no escape route
  • Make sure all windows have screens so that he doesn’t feel exposed when sitting near them


Every cat and dog is different, so you will need to be patient and allow your cats to adjust at their own pace. You might want to make sure that there is a room in your home where the cat can escape from the dog if he needs some time away. Feeding both pets on opposite sides of the door with a small treat for each pet can also help them associate good things with each other’s smells.

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