Tip on Introducing an Outdoor or Indoor-Outdoor Cat to a New Neighborhood


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When moving to a new neighborhood and moving your cat, it is important to slowly introduce your cat to its new location.

Begin by keeping your cat inside. Allow him to become familiar with the smells and sounds associated with his new home. If your cat is an outdoor cat, keep him in an enclosed location such as the house or garage until he is comfortable with his environment.

Make sure your kitty has good Identification.This includes both an ID tag with your NEW address and phone number as well as a microchip. The microchip will help him be identified and returned if his collar is lost.

Once you think your cat is ready for the outdoors, allow for the time to be supervised. Go out with your kitty and sit with him as he explores the environment. If possible, after a little while, take him back inside. Allow the outdoor visits to extend a little in length every day until you are comfortable with your cat being outside.

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Debra A. Primovic, BSN, DVM, Editor-in-Chief, is a graduate of the Ohio State University School of Nursing and the OSU College of Veterinary Medicine. Following her veterinary medical training, Dr. Primovic practiced in general small animal practices as well as veterinary emergency practices. She was staff veterinarian at the Animal Emergency Clinic of St. Louis, Missouri, one of the busiest emergency/critical care practices in the United States as well as MedVet Columbus, winner of the AAHA Hospital of the year in 2014. She also spends time in general practice at the Granville Veterinary Clinic. Dr. Primovic divides her time among veterinary emergency and general practice, editing, writing, and updating articles for PetPlace.com, and editing and indexing for veterinary publications. She loves both dogs and cats but has had extraordinary cats in her life, all of which have died over the past couple years. Special cats in her life were Kali, Sammy, Pepper and Beanie.