Cat moved house and owners

by Razzer
(England)

Hi, Me and my girlfriend have recently moved in together, and she has brought her kitten (2 years old) with her.

my girlfriend has been at uni for the past year, and the kitten has lived with my girlfriends mother, who also has two other cats (the kittens mother and one other)
My girlfriend kitten was born in her mothers house, and now we have moved in the kitten refuses to leave its bed/house, and its always very frightened.

it has been 3 weeks now, and still no improvement, although he does seem to purk up when my girlfriends sister comes around.

Any ideas?

One point to make is before we moved in, the kitten was allowed outside, but now we live on a main road so we are keeping him indoors.

Answer by Kate
well this sounds perfectly normal behavour when you consider the amount of changes the cat has now to get used to. They have lost their familier environment, their familar companions and is now confined to the house. What can i say, you may want to consider getting a companion for your cat but this doesn't always work. Try making their environmnet molre stimulating, provide climbing trees and scratch pads and toys. Spend play time with them every day. You may even want to consider one of those videos that play all day which help the cat feel less alone (their are some on this site). Apart from that i think time will be the main answer.

Good luck and best wishes

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