I have a 2 year old cat that I found under my front porch when it was just a baby and he has always been very jumpy and kind of neurotic. Any sudden movement makes him jump and he doesn't like to be held for very long at all. Never has. We may be moving to a new home soon and I'm afraid he won't stay once he gets there just because of his nervousness. He stays outside most of the time and when he does come in, he would rather hang out in our basement than stay upstairs with the us and the dog. How do you get a cat that's so nervous to get used to new surroundings?
From my experiance I've always put them in a certain room where they feel safe and comfortable(as comfortable as a neurotic cat can!) and let them ease into the new surroundings. If you keep him outside...get a pet carrier and let him get used to it for a little bit (don't keep him in there to long though). But I'd suggest starting him in a room inside. Hope I helped.
If he's that nervous, I would get a prescription for a mild tranquilizer to give him until he's used to his new surroundings. He might take off out the door scared out of his mind, and you might lose him, otherwise.
LOL @ pen, I would rather not be doping up the cat!! I do understand what you are saying though.
I agree with shihtzumomma, a small room and I would NOT let him outside for at least 2 to 4 weeks. Each time I moved I kept my cats inside until they where settled in.
When my son moved from home he took his two year old cat with. A few weeks later I missed that cat so much I thought I would go pick him up for a visit. BIG MISTAKE!! That cat was settled in and this was a learning thing for me. It sure didn't take me long to take him back home.
Grandma now just visits!!
Good luck with your kitty!!
***Edited By: WileyBlaze on 10/13/2007 9:55:50 AM*** Reason: .
Thanks everybody! I figured putting him in a room for awhile would be the answer, but wanted to double check. I've also seriously thought about doping him up just to stop him from being so nervous and jumpy all the time. When we found him, he was just a baby and his mommy was nowhere to be found. Don't know if she was killed or what, but I think it traumatized him. Took me 2 weeks to coax him out from under my porch. He would let us hold him for a little while then, but that changed as he got older. When the dog moved in a year later, that didn't make it any better for him. He had full reign of the house, then she came along. Now he would rather hang out in the basement. She always wants to play with him and chase him and he just freaks out!lol