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Moving Overseas with Cats

| April 24, 2017

Moving with Cats

Living with cats can be a really fun time, but it also means you will need to take responsibility for what the cats will go through when you need to move to a new home. Cats are not really big on changes in their environment, especially if this is done in a stressful way. Regardless of that however, you will need to get them ready to make the transfer work without too much trouble. If your cat hates travel, then you will need to find a solution to the problem. Before you need to make the big choices however, you will need to take care of the preparations ahead:

 

Moving Overseas with Cats

Preparing things for moving day

One of the first things you need to do to pull this off is to slowly make your cat used to the idea of moving. It will take some doing, since most cats are smart enough to figure out they will be moving soon. Some cats deal with moving quite well, but others may get really distressed and will need to have extra attention and help to make it through without going all yowling and dragging themselves away from the carrier. You can feed your cat some treats to ease them into calming down right before the move. Reinforce the feeling that the moving experience is not something dangerous. Open the carrier, put some food inside and ease them inside until they feel comfortable sitting right inside.

Making the actual move

When you have movers arriving to make that overseas move, you will need to prepare your cat for what comes ahead by getting it out of the way first. Securing and closing the carrier, your cat should have to either be out of the way during the packing and moving process or you will need to have it be OK with strangers in the house. Place their bedding, food and a bit of water in a separate room alongside a litter box as well. Keep the movers away from the door and tell them they should not enter the room to keep the pet from escaping. Give the cat a small breakfast without going too far. You don’t need the cat needing to go on the road or if you move it via airplane.

Driving or airplane moving

The other thing you should consider is that cats happen to stress out far too easily when they are in a car. It will be pretty rare for cats to stay calm during travel for a lot of reasons, especially since they tend to stress out quite easily. Moving will require great care, especially since you plan on doing this overseas. Every cat will have different needs, but in the end you will need to consider talking to your veterinarian if the cat will need to have a mild sedative to make the transfer easier. There are some companies out there that offer pet moving services you can work with, but do keep in mind this will take some serious research due to moving your favorite cat and not just a box of clothes.

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