While moving house can be pretty stressful for humans, it's even more difficult for our feline friends who have no idea what's going on.
To make your move as easy as possible on your cat, there are a few specific steps you can take. You'll want to gradually introduce your cat to their carrier, avoid overwhelming them by packing everything up at once, and give them a safe space to hide in before and after your move.
Keep reading for five essential tips for moving house with cats.
1. Let Your Cat Get Familiar with Their Carrier
Do you dread trying to get your cat into their carrier? They probably feel the same way! Luckily, you can help your cat feel more comfortable in their carrier by putting it on display long before you move.
Put a blanket inside and encourage your cat to hang out there, and they'll soon start to see it as a safe, familiar place rather than the scary cage that's used to take them to the vet.
2. Start Packing Boxes Gradually
Big changes in their environment can be very stressful for cats, so it's a good idea to pack your home up gradually. Try to tackle one room at a time so that your cat has time to get used to the strange new objects, smells and sounds.
If possible, keep one room in its regular state until the day you leave. Ideally, this will also be the room where your cat eats, sleeps and uses their litter tray.
3. Keep Your Cat in a Safe Room on Moving Day
The last thing you want on the day of your big move is for your beloved pet to escape. To eliminate any risk, prepare a room with everything your cat needs and make sure they're shut in before your removal van arrives.
Put a sign on the door, and make it clear to your removal professionals that the door shouldn't be opened under any circumstances. If possible, have a family member stay in the room to reassure your cat as the packing goes on around them.
4. Arrange Professional Pet Transportation
Once your removal van is all packed up, you'll need to actually transport your cat to your new home. You should never transport your pet in the back of a removal van or the boot of your car — doing so is extremely scary and dangerous for them.
Ask your removal company to arrange a professional pet transportation service, which will ensure that your kitty makes it to their new home unscathed.
For shorter journeys, you could transport your cat in the back of your car. Make sure that they're closed securely in their carrier at all times, and don't be tempted to let them out. Scared or unsettled cats may bolt and run away, which is the last thing you need.
5. Keep Your Cat Indoors for Two Weeks
You've made it! You might be keen to let your furry friend explore their new surroundings, but it's best to take things slowly and let them get acclimatised. Start by keeping your cat in a single room for the first day or so, then gradually introduce them to the rest of the house.
Don't let your cat outside for at least two weeks, as there's a risk that they'll try to run back to your old house. Once some time has passed, they'll recognise the new residence as their home.
Moving house with cats can be stressful for both you and your pet. Get prepared and make sure things run smoothly by following the tips above.
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