Moving house can be an exciting time! However, it can also bring lots of stress. This stress not only affects the humans in our household, but, it affects our pets, as well. Cats can be particularly sensitive to changes in surroundings. In this blog, I’ll share with you some tips for making the move with as minimal stress to your kitty, as possible.
Preparing For Travel:
Whether moving near or far, you’ll want your cat to be safe and secure when travelling to your new home. If your cat isn’t used to carriers, you’ll want to introduce the carrier well beforehand, so your kitty can become familiar with it. So your cat will associate it with a pleasant experience, begin to feed your cat near the carrier. You can even place treats near, on top of or inside the carrier.
Keep Your Cat Indoors:
With the added commotion that preparing for a move can bring (i.e., moving or disappearance of furniture, bringing-in boxes, strangers in the home, etc.), a cat can become anxious well-before the actual move takes place. Thus, if your cat is indoor/outdoor, it’s best to confine her to indoors-only. Otherwise, she may run-off to escape the stresses of home life.
Include Your Cat:
We all know that empty boxes are a virtual, ultimate playground for cats! So, why not let them enjoy the packing part of the moving process? Bring-in boxes a bit early and let your kitty explore to her heart’s content! It’ll help with her adjustment, once moved, as the smells of the boxes will have some familiarity. It’s also a way you can incorporate extra playtime with her to give her added attention and TLC to reassure her that all is okay.
Stick To A Routine:
Keeping your cat on her normal routine will do wonders for lowering her anxiety around the move. Steady schedules of feeding/medications/bedtime, etc. are an important aspect to her feeling secure.
Keep your cat’s veterinary records in an easily-accessible place, in case they might be needed. Also, make note of the location of the nearest emergency veterinary clinic in your new hometown. Have a clear, recent photo of your cat for use in the instance she gets lost, during the move.
Have a room already cleared-out except for litter box, food & water. Keep your kitty quarantined inside, while movers are working. Put a sign on the door and make sure everyone is aware not to open the door. If you’re concerned this may not provide enough security, keep your cat inside her carrier. Another option is to board your kitty at your vet’s office, on moving day.
A whole new house can be overwhelming for your cat. So, if possible, set her up in one room of the house, complete with her litter box, food, water, scratching posts, toys and bed. This will allow her to slowly become accustomed to the new smells and sounds around her. It will also keep her safe inside without a chance of running out during your settling-in process. Or, in getting underfoot while furniture and boxes are shuffled around. After a few days, you can let her out to explore the rest of her new home.
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