I'm a confused cat with a confused cat
November 28, 2010 8:54 AM Subscribe
We've moved, but our cat is in denial. How do I let her know that she can't keep going back to our old house and that she has to stay here with us?
posted by BinarySolo to pets & animals (18 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
We've moved ... a whole 200 metres further up the road (think 200 yards if you prefer). The problem is that our cat keeps on going back to our old house, where she sits outside and refuses to budge. Unfortunately, we can't get to her as she's the other side of a high wall and so on a daily basis you will find us outside the house calling her and bribing her with food. We do get her out eventually and she begrudgingly comes back to the new house again, but we'll be doing it all over again within 24 hours at the most. This has been going on for about a week now.
It's slightly problematic as we really don't want to be going anywhere near this old house again as we've just had a fairly traumatic move away from there (nightmare landlord). Our cat clearly has other ideas though.
We've tried leaving her to it and waiting for her to get hungry and come back to us, but we crumbled after 24 hours. We've OBVIOUSLY also tried to sit her down and have a good talk about it, but she seems uninterested at best.
I just wonder if me-fi has any amazing ideas that we haven't managed to think of, or would simply like to form a consensus of opinion behind "goddammit, she's a cat, just leave her to it and she'll come back"?
Additional problem filter: Our move is temporary and we're currently living with my girlfriend's parents while we're waiting for the house we bought to be ready for us to move in (this is a big part of the reason that our cat isn't happy here, as she's visibly not comfortable about having people around other than us). In about two weeks or so we'll be into the new house. Problem solved you might think ... except for the fact that this house is right in the middle, equidistant from the old house and the parents' house. Yes, we're really pulling out all the stops on confusing the hell out of our cat!
Any help, sage advice, or just being told to not be silly will be greatly appreciated.