Cat hiding under couch after moving – what to do next

As territorial animals, cats can get anxious and stressed when they are moved to a completely new environment. It’s perfect normal for cats to hide after moving, especially places like the restricted space under the couch or bed. Here’s what you can do if your cat shows no sign of coming out from its hiding spot.

Confine the cat to a room

One way to help your cat acclimatize to the new home is by temporarily confining her to a smaller room. Let the cat get comfortable in this space before letting it roam and explore the rest of the house. It may take up to a few days before your cat feels comfortable enough to explore. Using a calming pheromone diffuser in the room may help reduce your cat’s anxiety.

Offer an alternative

Some cats may like to hide under the couch because it’s their comfort and relax zone. You could try setting some alternate spots where you can easily reach for the cat when needed. This could be as simple as a large box or a cat cave. Let the cat move on its own term. Don’t force the cat by pulling it out from the space under the couch. It will only get the cat more stressed.

Block off access

Block off access by using a gap blocker. The cat may then go and find somewhere else to hide but at least it’s not the dusty space underneath the couch.

Disclaimer: The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional veterinarian advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of a veterinarian when in doubt.


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