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Guide for Stress-free Moving with a Cat

| April 24, 2017

If there is one thing you have to know about cats it is that they are not fans of change. This is especially the case if the change in question is something as big as relocation. Cats prefer familiar environment and would rather stay where they feel comfortable than move to a different area. Sadly, your kitty doesn’t get to vote on moving house.

Guide for Stress-free Moving with a Cat

Because it is quite stressful for the animal to go through this process, you must ensure their comfort and that it is easy for them to adjust. Not only will they have difficult time with the new place, but also during the removal itself and all the activity taking place before that. Here are few very important things you should look into to make your cat comfortable and less stressed.

  • Get the pet used to the carrier – this is very important, as the most likely method of relocation for your pet is going to be in a carrier. If you have never moved your kitty in a carrier before, they might be a little scared. What you should do is leave the item next to their hangout and often put treats inside. The goal is to get the cat used to the carrier so that there is no fear of staying inside.
  • Introduce moving boxes early – packing is an essential aspect of house removal. Normally you would use a good number of boxes to store and transport your items. These boxes will likely scare your cat and cause it stress, which is why it is a good idea to put some in your home long before the moving date. That way the animal will have time to get used to them and perhaps even play a little with them.
  • Don’t change your pet’s routine – it is clear that you will be busy with a ton of tasks, but don’t let that change the routine of your cat. Keep feeding times the same. Play with your cat just like you did before. That will keep it relaxed and lessen the stress of the coming change.
  • Keep your cat in a closed room on the day of the removal – there will likely be a lot of commotion with movers walking in and out of your home to load boxes. Avoid letting your cat wandering around, as it may dash out the open door. Place the litter box, water and food bowl in one room and keep the pet inside till you are done with loading.
  • Cat-proof your new home – you will have peace of mind when your new home has secure screens, no nooks for your cat to get stuck in and pest-control measures that will not have a negative impact on your cat’s health.
  • Keep your cat in one room the first days – everything is different for your cat, which is why keeping the pet in a single room when you first get to your new home is a good idea. That way they will gradually get used to the new smells, sights and sounds of the place.
  • Give access to other rooms, once the chaos of unpacking is over – the last thing you want is your cat getting in the way of you trying to unpack everything and arrange your home. It will be quite stressing for the pet too. That is why you should keep the cat secure in a single room at first, and gradually introduce it to the new home at a later stage.

Moving with a cat can be challenging, but it is something that you have to take care of. Follow the tips described above for a stress-free move that will get your best friend through this difficult time.

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