Vicky Halls Cat Behaviour Counsellor

Q: I've just moved house. How long should I keep my cat indoors?

A: There are no rules about this, it depends on the individual. If you have moved some distance away from your previous home and your cat used to spend most of his time outside he will probably be desperate to explore within the first forty-eight hours. In this case you could try and allow him outside just before a mealtime to ensure he will soon be hungry and return home. If you are near your previous home it is quite common for cats to return and get very confused so it would be advisable to keep him in a little longer. If your cat is nervous then he should dictate when he wants to explore outside. His first excursion should be supervised until he feels relaxed. His new garden will probably be another cat's territory so he may find it hard to establish his own patch. You can help by chasing away other cats from the garden. Always make sure you provide a private litter tray for your cat during any enforced confinement indoors.

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