Originally Posted by Malena
I have moved several times with outdoor cats and the trick is to not let them out the first few weeks after the move. At least two weeks but I prefer close to a month to be sure. They have to be completely at home in the house before it's time to become familiar with the outside. They really have to consider the house their territory and safe place before being let out.
This is what I recommend as well. When we moved last May I kept all the cats indoors for a month. I then let one out at a time on the weekend for a while. I stayed out with him so I could keep on eye on him. I also did that for several evenings after work to make sure he and I were comfortable. I then let the second cat out on the next weekend and then followed up with evenings and so on.
I only had one cat that was sort of difficult when we moved. All the other cats were pretty much themselves after a week or so but Button took a long time to adjust. She mostly hung out in my daughters room and barely left long enough to get food and use the litter box.
She is now fully adjusted to the move and she goes outside. The only problem I have is she is afraid of the screen door. When we first moved in the spring on the screen door was bad so the screen door slammed when you left it to close on its own and that scared her and she is still scared of the door. She runs in and out like the door is going to chop her in half
Five of my eight cats are indoor/outdoor and only one roams to any degree. The rest pretty much just stay in the yard and hang out on the deck.