Three Tips for Helping Kitty Adjust to New Furniture
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Most cats have no issues when the family decides to redecorate or replace furniture, but there are some cats who don’t handle the change well. If your cat is one who would prefer that you didn’t have to replace that old sofa, here are three tips you can use to help her make an easier transition.
- Scent is extremely important to cats. They use that sense to gather information about their environment. The new furniture you bring in contains no familiar scents for the cat and that can be a little disconcerting. Let’s use the cat’s sense of smell to help her feel more comfortable. Take a sheet from your bed that you’ve already slept on and place it over the new furniture for a day. This will help add some familiar and comforting scents to the new furniture.
- We can also use the cat’s sense of smell to help her by taking a clean sock, gently rubbing her around the mouth and then rubbing the corners of the furniture with that same sock. By collecting the cat’s facial pheromones (scent chemicals) on the sock and transferring them to the furniture, it can help kitty feel as if she has facially rubbed there. Feline facial pheromones are the ones associated with familiarity and comfort.
- Provide positive experiences around the new furniture. Play with your cat, using a toy based on a fishing pole design. You can also offer treats to your cat near the furniture or even offer her a meal nearby.
How does your cat handle unfamiliar furniture or objects in your home?