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All cats need time off from being played with so offer plenty of escape routes to safe places up high, e.g. top of a wardrobe, or down low, e.g. under a bed, where your cat will not be disturbed.
Educate children how to behave around cats, quietly and with consideration, and how to hold and handle them appropriately and always
supervise young children.
It is important that your cat has places that feel like his or her territory so, for instance, your cat’s bed should not be moved suddenly and he or she should be left to eat peacefully.
If you are moving into rented accommodation then you will need your landlord’s permission to keep a cat, otherwise, with a bit of preparation, your cat can move with you.
Where you are moving only a short distance consider putting your cat into a cattery while you move house.
If your cat will be travelling with you then you will have to consider things such as getting him or her used to the cat carrier, designating and preparing ‘safe rooms’ at the old and new houses so your cat is not accidentally let out amidst all the upheaval.
Once you have moved, gradually introduce your cat to the rest of the new house, always ensuring that he or she can retreat to the safe room. Do not let you cat outside for a minimum of 3 weeks after moving
so your cat becomes accustomed to your new home and does not get lost or set off to try to find your old house.
Aggression and not getting on with other pets
Cats are solitary animals and may react with aggression if they feel under threat or that their territory has been invaded. There are many things to consider if your cat becomes aggressive:
• Providing safe places – up high, down low, or even a cardboard box – and easy access to them can relieve stress and stop a disagreement escalating to violence.
• Aggression in cats is often a sign of pain so, especially if the behaviour is new and sudden, you should take you cat to see a vet.
• Anything new to the cat’s environment, such as a new pet, should be introduced gradually beginning with short sessions, which are always
supervised and never forced. In time, the existing cat and new-comer should become tolerant of each other.
The gradual introduction process can be repeated at any time if either side becomes stressed or aggressive.