Train Your Cat To Adjust To A New Place By Buttering Up Its Paws

Train Your Cat To Adjust To A New Place By Buttering Up Its Paws

If you just moved and your cat is a little uncomfortable with his or her surroundings, there’s a way to facilitate a little tranquility. According to Instructables user kazmataz, you just need to add some butter to some paws:

[N] ext time you move, butter your cat’s paws before you let them outside for the first time at your new residence. Instead of darting out the door in a panic, the cat will sit down to lick the butter, which gives it a little time to become aware of its surroundings. Not only is butter a tasty treat, but your cat’s coat will be glossier, and the grease from the butter will keep fur balls at bay.

I don’t have a cat and I’m (hopefully) not moving anytime soon, so I can’t verify how well this works, but if you’ve got a maladjusted kitty give it a shot and let us know how it goes in the comments!

Photo by Melissa Wiese.

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  • My mum tried this and the cats just licked the butter off.
    It worked but not in the way that’s expected; they settle down in the new place by being distracted by the butter on their feet, and licking it off. It’s a short term solution, though – once the butter’s gone,they’re back to confusion and wanting to run away.

  • The best way I’ve found is to put the cat(s) into a cattery whilst you move. Put them in a week before the move day so that they out of the way while you pack and prepare. If you use kitty litter retain some that the cat has already used, sealed in an appropriate container, soiled stuff removed of course.

    Make your move, and give yourself a week to settle in then bring the cat(s) in from the cattery. That way they come into a place that has familiar smells and stuff in place eg you, your furniture etc. If you retained the kitty litter, mix some of it with a fresh batch to help them settle in. Mkae sure they’ve also got food on hand when they arrive.

  • While I have two cats, I can’t say whether this works or not, as I got both of my cats are moving into my current place.

    What I can say is that I’ve been given this advice before, so I think it’s worth trying.

  • When introducing a new cat to one or more already living in a house, I’ve heard it’s good to put a shmear of vanilla paste onto the base of each cat’s tale. Of course, the new cat will have buttered paws, so crack an egg and sprinkle some flour and see if the cats can somehow make cookies!

  • Just moved two precious kitties (one male and one female). I took the advise of buttering the paws….. Worked like a charm! I’ve been in my new place for 6 days and both are well adjusted. The male goes outside and back in without trying to run off (my biggest fear, as males do not transfer well).

    Thank you so much!


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