Whilst a new home can provide endless new opportunities
it will take time for Maggie to feel that her new environment
Using a "plug in" pheromone diffuser in the new
home is a useful start to making her feel at ease. This
should be rotated throughout the rooms in the house. This
feline smell has an "aromatherapy" effect of calming
and easing tension not dissimilar to the effect elicited
in humans with the reassuring scent of malt whisky. Additionally,
a cloth rubbed against her face and head should then be
smeared on doors, walls and furniture at cat height to familiarise
her surroundings as quickly as possible.
Creating a space with her own blanket/basket to which she
can retreat is also important especially where there are
other pets in the new environment. Keeping Maggie indoors
for a few weeks is vital to allow her the opportunity of
exploring her new territory and discovering for herself
the warmest spots and the best vantage areas.
Quickly returning to the previous routine will help Maggie
to readjust as well as providing plenty of the tastiest
foods........at least until she settles in!
Ensuring that she is microchipped is a must before releasing
her outdoors to claim her patch! Finally, ensure that no-one
else in the neighbourhood feeds her especially the previous
house. Within a few weeks she will be wondering what all
the fuss was about!
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