Moving to a New Home With Your Cat
Today on SoPurrfect we have a special guest blog by Evelyn Valdez, creator of PlaywithMeow! She has kindly shared her experiences of moving with cats and how to settle them into their new home. Have a read and let us know what you think in the comments. You should also head on over to her blog and check it out.
How to Move to a New House with Cats
If cats were allowed to choose, they would choose to stay where they are already happy and settled in. Generally, cats don’t always find it easy to adjust to new surroundings and are extremely stressed when they move into a new home. Their nervousness and anxiety caused by the move may make the cat act in an unusual manner such as trying to escape or hiding. Today we are going to look at some of the things that you can do to lessen your cat’s anxiety when relocating to a new house.
1. Preparing Your Cat for the Move Process
The first action is to allow your cat to become accustomed to his carrier. The best way to do this is to leave it sitting out in your living room with the door open. Place a comfortable bed in where your cat can relax. Leave treats inside the carrier so that he can find them by his own. Feeding the cat inside the carrier will also help him to get used to the carrier.
Put your relocating boxes a couple of weeks before you start packing. This will allow your cat to become accustomed to their existence. If you find your cat extremely nervous when you start parking, it is a wise idea to keep him in a closed silent room away from all the noise and activity.
Ensure that your cat’s normal routine is not altered. Ensure you feed him at the right time and play with him so that he does not feel neglected.
If you have a cat that is easily stressed, you can consult your vet regarding using anti-anxiety medication that makes a move a bit more comfortable.
2. During the move
Before the relocation van arrives, keep your cat in a calm room. A bedroom is a wise choice. Placing the cat in your bedroom ensures that he will be familiar with the furniture and the surrounding. In case your cat finds it hard adjusting to the new place, you can keep him in the bedroom where he will find familiar furniture. This will let relax and feel safe.
Ensure that the door and windows are shut and then place the cat carrier, cat bed, water bowl, food bowl and the cat litter tray.
Put a notice on the door so that the removal men and family members know that the door should remain closed.
Place the cat in the carrier and keep him in the car. Never keep him in the boot of the car or together with the furniture. Ensure he can see you or at least feel that you are with him. If it is a hot day, ensure that the car is well ventilated. Additionally, if you have to stop for a break, do not leave him in the car. You should also offer your cat food and drinks especially if you the journey is long.
3. After the move
When moving house with a cat, ensure that the new home is cat proof. This will make sure that he can’t escape. It is also crucial to ensure that there are no poisonous plants or pest control traps in the house.
Take the cat in a silent room where there is minimal or no disturbance. Set up his food bowl, water bowl, cat litter box, as well as comfortable bed. You can also leave some treats around the room to encourage him to explore. After setting the room, you can now release him from the carrier.
For the first few days, keep the cat restricted to this room. This will make it easier for him to be familiar with the new surroundings. It will also be easy for him to access food, water, and litter box. After a small number of days, you can leave another room open for him to explore.
Spend quality time together with your cat in his room doing low-key activities such as reading or watching the TV. When your cat begins to explore, give him attention, playtime, and treats.
Provide a second cat litter box so that the cat can access it in case he forgets his room. The second litter box should be kept in your preferable location. Once the cat has finally settled, you can remove the other litter box.
Although moving your cat into a new home may be one of the most stressing experiences for your cat, using the above tips will help him to have an easier time. Additionally, using the tips will allow your cat to settle calmly with minimal problems so that he can achieve the harmony of the new home more quickly.
Meow for now… Kristian & Evelyn
About our Author:
My name is Evelyn Valdez, creator of PlaywithMeow! I love all pets (especially cats) because they always make me happy and healthy. I want to connect with other pet lovers in the world to share experience in healthy and caring pets