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Millie and Molly Adjust to Their New House

Saturday, February 1, 2014
posted by Jim Murphy

CAT NEW HOUSEI purchased a new home in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. During the past few weeks, I’ve been moving and setting up all of the necessary things like cable, electricity, heat, etc. Last night it was time to introduce my cats to their new “home away from home.” We took the 4 hour drive down as usual and Molly and Millie how no idea that they will pull up in a new location and enter a new house. As we drove down the street and turned into our snow covered driveway, my two pets were fast asleep. I turned off the alarm and slowly opened the door. First, I placed Millie’s carrier on the floor and slowly opened the door. She flew out of the carrier crying and crying. What happened?? Her whole world had been turned upside down, at least for a little while. She bolted across the living room and ran behind the couch. I then brought my older cat Molly in. She slowly emerged from her cage, stayed very low, meowed a few times and began going from room to room, totally baffled as to why she was brought here. I didn’t get too concerned. I filled their water bowl, kitty litter pan and put fresh food and snacks in their bowls. I placed their bowls in the laundry room which is just off the kitchen. I introduced each of them to their new dining and bathroom. They weren’t interested and continued investigating every nook and cranny. Millie finally stopped crying but hid under one of the beds. Molly began to adjust fairly quickly. As I relaxed and turned on the TV, Molly sprawled out, cleaning herself and seemed pleased with her new surroundings. Millie, on the other hand was still creeping from room to room wondering what she’s doing here.

As I write this, Molly seems to be adjusting nicely but is still investigating. Millie is not that comfortable, she’s under the bed but comes out and roams around for a few minutes at a time. I’m sure before long, she will adjust. At least I hope so!

When introducing a pet to a new house, make sure there is no moving going on, don’t make a big deal out of the new house, let them explore and wander around, and never just dump them in the house and go out right away. Stay with them for at least a day or so until they get used to it. Before you know it, the new place will become their new home. (keeping my fingers crossed!!)

Remember, your pets count!

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