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Old 03-03-2005, 05:26 PM
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Default Introducing shy cats to a new environment...

We have sold our house in Idaho. We have two cats there, that we brought with us 4 years ago from our ranch. (They were outdoor mouse-hunters)
Well, I thought I'd found them an excellent home, but the lady changed her mind at the last minute.

So, since it was either bring them with us and train them to be indoor cats, or send them to the shelter and most likely have them euthanized, my parents packed them up in a crate, and are on their way back to AZ. (The cats are mildly sedated, so they don't freak out and injure themselves)

My cats are extremely shy. They are loving and outgoing with me, but in a different environment or with any strangers around, they are terrified and stressed. I am at a complete loss at how to get them to adjust smoothly to a new home, and especially how to get them used to never going outside.

I'll admit, I do not know cats well at all. So, ANY suggestions on how to reduce the stress of the change would be appreciated.Also, any tips on teaching them to adjust to living indoors would be great. Thanks.
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