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Anyone moved house with cats?

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Madmog Wed 16-Jul-14 14:06:59

If you've moved house with cats, how long did you keep them in? Did they go missing at all after you let them out?

We moved house three weeks ago today and Toby is going stir crazy, meowing all night and picking on his sister. He's getting plenty of attention, love and play, having four small meals a day for interest etc. He was very popular with our old neighbours, so thought keeping him in would give him a real sense of home, but half feel it's doing the opposite.

Was hoping chap would come at end of week to put a cat flap in, but he hasn't been round yet to take details of what needs doing.

cozietoesie Wed 16-Jul-14 18:48:51

Usually about 2-3 weeks and then we went through all the introduction to the ourside stuff as if it was for a new cat. (In our case, more for my benefit than theirs because they were fine as long as I was.)

Could you put in the flap yourself? They're not difficult if you're halfway handy and there are videos on installation on the net if you're unsure - including here for Sureflap.

Fluffycloudland77 Wed 16-Jul-14 19:34:54

I did 4 weeks, it sounds like he's ready to go out.

RubbishMantra Wed 16-Jul-14 21:23:17

I meant to do 4 weeks, but he got out in the first week by mistake. He came back as soon as I called him. He's a very bonded cat though...

Have you tried a cat Loca8tor? I'm awaiting delivery of mine, as my cat has a habit of getting shut into neighbouring cellars.

Birgitz Wed 16-Jul-14 21:24:52

2 weeks - she was fine and no problems with going missing

Madmog Thu 17-Jul-14 10:14:08

Thanks for your replies. Luckily the chap is now coming to put in a cat flap on Saturday. We eat outside last night so let them out with us. Lottie came in when we bought our plates back in, Toby came in about an hour later. The fences at 6ft high but he was wiggling around a couple of times, obviously about to attempt them, so to be honest I got some catnip out to distract him.

I looked at the Loca8tor you mentioned RubbishMantra. Toby is a little monster and in his youth would removed collars within 24 hours, so we gave up after about eight!! Not sure how he'd be with one now though.

I can totally trust Lottie, but Toby worries me. I'm sure he'll try and return to our old house and neighbours (two minute walk away). I'm still in touch with both lots, so know they'll contact me if they see him, but I'm worried he'll get lost.

orangemog Thu 17-Jul-14 10:43:06

I've moved house loads with mine over the last 15 years and usually only keep them in about 2 weeks. They've never run off or got lost once they go out (as a result of the move, that is - we've had some other 'locked in the neighbours shed/garage' dramas over the years!), though the first few times they're out for more than an hour is well stressful!
The last place I lived in before my current one was for 4 years and a third floor flat, so they were indoor cats the whole time (which they were fine with, surprisingly!) and I was worried about letting them out again after so long - so I have one of those Loc8tor's now, and it's really good - I've used it a few times to track down the boy when he's been out for too long (in my opinion, not his!), and will be putting a tag on the new kitten once she's old enough to go outside. Just gives me peace of mind smile

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