Intorducing cats to a new house?
I'm in the process of moving from a small apartment to a big old house. Everything has been in uproar for two weeks, packing boxes and carrying them out of the apartment.
The cats have been a little insecure -- they follow me everywhere and have to sleep right up in my face at night. But otherwise they've been okay, no inappropriate peeing or anything.
Tomorrow, I'm taking the last of the big stuff, including the bed over to the house. And I'd like to take the cats.
My thought is to finish moving stuff Saturday morning, then spend a few hours squaring things away a bit in the new house. (It's going to be a looooong) time until we're all unpacked!) Put one of the two litter boxes in place, then bring the cats over and unleash them (and place the second littler box). Then I can spend Saturday night thru Monday morning with them at the house.
Should I limit where they can go initially? Unfortunately the only rooms I can close off are the bedrooms or the bathroom -- and I don't intend to keep the litter boxes there.
My mother suggested I intially put them in the unfinished basement. While one of their litter pans *will* be there in the future -- it's an unfinished basement. I don't anticipate spending a lot of time down there over the weekend, and I think they'll want the little bit of security of seeing me, while they're sniffing all the new surroundings.
A friend also suggested I shut them in the basement while I'm at work for the first week or so, just to make sure they don't do anything inappropriate. I hesitate for two reasons -- the first being that it's an unfinished, slightly musty basement and *I* wouldn't want to be shut up down there. But also because -- it's a unfinished, musty basement, and if they peed in the wrong place I might not notice until it had become an established bad habit.
Any suggestions on making this move easier for the cats?