10 Tips for Moving with Cats

A lot of cats are resistant to change and do not deal with adverse situations easily. There is hope. Here are some ways that you can move with your cat as comfortable as possible. The earlier the better.

  1. You could start by getting your cat comfortable with her carrier. One way to do this is to leave the carrier out in the areas your cat frequents, just so she can get used to its presence. Leaving the door open will also allow your cat to get more comfortable with the carrier. Next, you could start placing treats in the carrier, making your cat go in and subsequently rewarding itself for challenging the fear of the carrier. You could even go as far as putting your cat’s meals inside the carrier so she would have to step into the carrier to get her food.  If she doesn’t already have a carrier, make sure you get one with plenty of room.
  2. Boxes. Most cats love being in them and being around them! Try setting some out so they can explore at their own pace and get used to it. The process of playing around with the boxes might be positively rewarding for them and alleviate some of the stress of the change.
  3. If at all possible, maintain your cat’s routine throughout this change. That means continue to feed her, play with her, and give her treats at the same times that you normally do.
  4. If your cat is a bit more anxious than the average kitty, it may behoove you to speak with your vet during this process.Collaborate with your vet about the possibility of your cat taking anti-anxiety medication if needed for this transition.
  5. During the move, it is important to keep your cat safe and secure. The day of the move might be the most stressful of them all.
  6. Stress is heightened when hungry! Make sure you are thinking about this and feeding your cat a few treats or small meals throughout the day instead of one large meal. This is beneficial if your cat is also prone to throwing up or getting car sick.
  7. Most cats are always looking for a way to escape. During the move, make sure you have a space to keep your cat contained.
  8. Only load your cat into the carrier right before it is time to transport them to the new spot to reduce anxiety.
  9. For some cats, a new place is too stressful for them to totally roam free in as soon as they get there. If your cat seems a bit skiddish, you may want to introduce the house to your cat a little at a time.  Start by putting their things in one area and gradually opening up more of the house to them to reduce territorial peeing.
  10. Decide on a home base area for the litter box and don’t move it unless you have to, at least until she is settled in.

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