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Discussion in 'Cat Chat' started by Newcastlecat, Apr 18, 2017.


  1. Newcastlecat

    Newcastlecat PetForums Newbie

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    Just advice some opinions/advice.
    Our 7 year old cat is very timid and shy. She's a house cat.
    We are having some building work done at home soon and will have to move out for 5 days and I don't know what to do about her.

    Will she be more stressed if we take her with us to a relatives house for the duration or will she be more stressed if we leave her at home with all the noise and strange goings on the at home?
     
  2. ewelsh

    ewelsh PetForums VIP

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    Hello and welcome :D

    I would definitely take her, she will be less stressed being with you in my opinion!
     
  3. Newcastlecat

    Newcastlecat PetForums Newbie

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    Thanks.
     
  4. ewelsh

    ewelsh PetForums VIP

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    Actually have you looked into plug ins! They help calm and de stress! Would help her before you move and during visit then back home!

    I've used them when I was moving homes with my gentle cat and they worked
     
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    Twinklepaws PetForums Newbie

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    Yes i agree i would definitely take her with you, even though she may be a little unsure and stressed about unfamiliar whereabouts, i'm sure having you all there with her will put her at ease :)
     
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  6. ewelsh

    ewelsh PetForums VIP

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    Feliway! £17 for full pack! Lasts weeks! Available on line and most pet shops! I sound like an advert!
     
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  7. Newcastlecat

    Newcastlecat PetForums Newbie

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    I was thinking about using these- I'll give them a go.
    I'd be worried if we left her behind but the house we'll be staying in is huge and I'm worried she'll hide and stay there!
     
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    I've just refreshed my memory with feliway information. Yes this is the way to go with her. Take all her beds, scratching posts toys and your bedding! The more smells from your house the better for her! Cats have strong noses!
    I would keep her in one room really, such as your bedroom where you'll be sleeping and all your scent is!
    She might hide but you'll have to up the fussing big time :D

    All will be fine I promise,
     
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    Definitely take her with you, she'll be fine :) Wherever I go and it's possible to bring my two, they come! :)
     
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  10. Newcastlecat

    Newcastlecat PetForums Newbie

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    Good advice. Thanks
     
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    I agree one room defo. Keep her shut in there with all the requirements such as food, water, litter tray, toys, beds etc. Spend as much time as you can with her too.
    If this isn't practical then a good cattery is always an option.
     
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    I would suggest a cattery too, at least you'll know she is safe and sound in one place. My fear would be if she wandered or escaped from your temporary place if she was stressed.
     
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    Agree with previous posters that I would take her...if you leave her behind there's a good chance she may move out if she is as timid and shy as you say. I have just the one who adores workmen/painters/plumbers for some reason known only to himself (even follows them up ladders etc). But he is a bit different: he is a real people cat, meaning any people at all. If your girl is as shy and timid as you say, she will be happier with you rather than hearing the crashing and banging (not to mention the strange voices).:Cat
     
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  14. Newcastlecat

    Newcastlecat PetForums Newbie

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    Yeah, her escaping is a worry too!
     
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    Take her and all her things with you or if you are at all concerned about her escaping,to a good cattery.

    Using calming treatments should help the movements....a Beaphar spot on calm the night before, Beaphar or Pet Remedy calming spray in carrier and car and then Pet Remedy plug in diffuser in the room she will live in. I don't rate Feliway for calming as such as I find it promotes confidence instead.
     
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  16. Custard Mite

    Custard Mite PetForums Junior

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    I'd also vote for keeping her with you if you can and perhaps keeping her in her own room while she's away.

    Our boy doesn't like change either and is a bit of a sociopath when it comes to having to be near to anyone else except...well...me and my husband basically :rolleyes:...so I understand how stressed you must feel about this. We've found that the Feliway room spray and plug ins have helped him a lot with stress (going to the vet etc) as did the natural food supplement Zylkene.

    Good luck and hope it all goes well :)
     
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    A cattery gets my vote.
     
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  18. claire8234

    claire8234 PetForums VIP

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    I Would place her in a cattery. She wont be able to get out and 5 days is not that long
     
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