There’s lots to think about when you’re moving home. Whether you’re moving a few blogs away, interstate or to another country completely, you will need to think about getting your current property ready to sell/ hand back to the landlord, and you’re new property ready to live in. Not only that, but you’ll need to prepare the kids for the move, then there’s the whole business of packing and safely transporting the contents of your home too.
If you have a cat, well, that’s just another thing to add to your stress, but it’s important that you do think about it because moving can be very stressful for your beloved pet. Cats are very territorial, and they form deep attachments to their environment so that a move can be particularly tough on them. Here are some things you can do to make your move easier on the moggy in your life:
Keep Your Cat in One Room
On moving day, when you’re looking for a removalist van to arrive, take the time to secure your cat safely in one room, ideally a bedroom, so that he or she feels safe and secure, and is unable to escape as the removal men do their thing. When doing this, you should think carefully about what furniture is present in that room, because your cat might start to associate it with safety, and become attached to it when you move and may need access to it until things settle down at the new place.
You should also place a sign on the door of this room, which should be filled with food, water, and a litter tray, to ensure that the removal men don’t open the door and let your cat out or upset her unduly.
Use a Cat Carrier
When the time comes to empty the room which is being used as your cat’s safe haven, you will want to place your cat in a secure pet carrier, which she can be safely transported to your new home in.
Take the Cat with You
You shouldn’t move your cat in the removal van, or even the boot of the car, where he could become distresses, ideally, he should be taken in the car with you, so that he doesn’t feel alone.
If you’re traveling a fair distance to your new home, you should stop to offer water, and perhaps food, to your cat on a regular basis to ensure that she is comfortable.
When You Get There
When you get there, you should first unpack the furniture that was left in the room with your cat before moving and again confine your cat to one room. Then, you should plug in a feline pheromone diffuser, like Feliway, to help calm your cat down. Ideally, you or another family member should spend some time with the cat as she settles in.
Keep it Closed
During the first days at your new home, you should keep all doors and windows closed and keep your cat inside so that she does not end up getting lost. Your cat should remain indoors for at least two weeks, after which she can be let out, providing she has a collar with your phone number and address attached, or even better a microchip.
Chances are your cat will be stressed out by your move, but if you do all of the above, stress will be minimized and your cat should be safe.