Dear Christopher Cat
My name is Biskit, and I am a cat in transition. My mom is moving from Pennsylvania to Virginia, and I am nervous about the long drive, because I have never ridden further than the vet’s office.
Also, I don’t particularly care for my future dad, who will move in with us soon. How can my human parents ease my transition?
You’ll feel relaxed in the car if your mom sprays Feliway inside your carrier.
Feliway is a synthetic version of the feline facial pheromone that signals contentment. We cats deposit the pheromone when we rub our cheeks against furniture and other objects.
When we smell the natural pheromone or Feliway, we relax.
Your mom can buy Feliway at the animal hospital or pet supply store.
When you arrive in Virginia and set up housekeeping with your new dad, rub your face against him so he understands that we cats like to be scratched gently on our cheeks and jaws.
I also like people to rub the area between my eye and ear on each side of my face.
If your dad puts his undershirt in your bed, you’ll become accustomed to his scent quickly.
If he gives you treats and feeds you a bit of canned food every day, you’ll warm up to him very soon.
Good luck, Biskit.