If you’re a cat owner, you know how essential your feline companion is to your family. Your cat’s presence may make your house feel like a home, and they typically have favourite locations and rituals that contribute to the distinctive character of your living space. However, when it comes time to relocate, it is important to consider how the change will affect your cat.
Cats are creatures of habit and routine, so transitioning to a new environment can be difficult. However, with some careful planning and preparation, you can help make your pet’s transfer as easy and stress-free as possible. Here are some pointers on preparing your cat for a move.
Cat Moving Preparation: What to Do Before You Move
Cats are sensitive to change, so start preparing them for relocation as soon as possible.
- Get your cat used to their carrier: If you are moving and your cat is not used to the carrier, it’s important to start introducing it before the move. Leave the carrier open for when your cat is out of the room and gradually introduce them to travelling in their new home. Place their favourite blanket or toy inside to make it more appealing. Once your cat is relaxed inside, try closing the door for short intervals of time, gradually increasing the duration as your cat becomes more at ease.
- Introduce your cat to car trips: when your cat is comfortable in their carrier, take them on brief car rides. Start by driving around the block and gradually increasing the distance you drive.
- Research your new neighbourhood: explore your new neighbourhood to find any potential dangers for your cat. Check for safe windows and doors in your new home, as well as any surrounding busy roads or other potential risks. This will help you figure out any measures that need to be taken to keep your cat safe and secure in their new home.
Maintain a Cat’s Routine During the Move
Cats thrive on routine, so try to keep their normal feeding and play schedules as consistent as possible, even while moving. This will make your cat feel more at ease and minimise stress levels.
- Stick to your cat’s feeding schedule: if your cat is used to being fed at the same time every day, try to stick to that schedule during the move.
- Provide familiar toys and bedding: these will make your cat feel more secure and provide comfort during the move.
- Maintain playtime: make time for playtime daily and give your cat their favourite toys and games.
Creating a Safe Space for Your Cat in New Home
Cats need a sense of security, so create a dedicated safe spot in your new house for your cat. This can be a quiet room or a nook where your cat can go to get some alone time. Remember to fill this space with familiar items like your cat’s bed, toys, and scratching post to make them feel more at ease.
- Set up a room specifically for your cat: this will provide a safe environment for your cat to explore and adjust to their new surroundings.
- Provide hiding spots: cats adore hiding, especially when they are frightened or anxious. Give your cat plenty of hiding spots, such as cardboard boxes or cat beds that provide a cosy refuge. Vertical spaces, such as cat trees or shelves, will also give your cat a safe and secure location to explore their environment.
- Give your cat time to adjust, be patient and treat your cat with love and attention. They will soon feel safe and at ease in their new surroundings!
Introducing Your Cat to Their New Home
Before moving day, give your kitties a tour of their new home. They have no memory of these buildings, so it may be tough for them. This will make them feel more at ease and less frightened as they visit a familiar location.
Keep Your Cat Confined
To reduce stress, keep your cat to a quiet area with familiar items on moving day. Choose a peaceful area in your old or new home for your cat to remain in. This space should be well-ventilated, and there should be ample cat food, drink, and a clean litter box.
Allow your cat to explore gradually after everything has been transferred into their new home, beginning with their dedicated safe space!
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