Moving home is often described as one of the most stressful times of your life, but have you ever thought about its impact on your pets? Moving house with cats especially needs careful planning; due to their territorial attachment to their home, a move can be very stressful for cats. There are a number of things you can do to to alleviate the stress for yourself and your cat during the moving process.
Packing and Moving
Cats do not like change and the disruption of packing up the house into boxes can be distressing for them. It’s a good idea to confine your cat in one room, with access to food, water and their litter tray, during the packing and moving process. This will stop them becoming uneasy and running away, as well as preventing them from getting in the way. Make sure everyone involved in the move, from family members to removalists are informed to keep the room shut.
To avoid all risks of your cat getting in the way, or even worse, going missing during the move, it may be a good idea to use a pet sitting service during the moving in period. When choosing the right pet sitter consider their passion for animals, past customer reviews and their location in proximity to your new home.
Once the removalists have packed up the contents of your home into the van, get your cat ready for the move by placing them in their cat carrier. When making the journey to your new home place the cat carrier safely in your car, ensuring that the vehicle is well ventilated if it’s a particularly hot day. If you are moving a fair distance away it is advisable to stop to give your cat some water and the chance to use relieve themselves using a cat tray.
Resettling your cat at your new home
Before you introduce your cat at your new home, make sure that all windows and doors are locked, that removalists have unpacked and left, and that you have chosen a room dedicated to housing the cat for a couple of days. It’s a good idea to plug-in a feline pheromone diffuser a couple of hours before allowing the cat into the chosen room, as this will create a soothing environment for them. Have your cat’s litter tray, food, water, toys and bed ready in the room and sit with them until they familiarise themselves with their new surroundings. After a few days confined to one room you can allow your cat to explore the rest of the house.
Indoor or Outdoor Cat
Indoor cats generally find new environments to be particularly unsettling and may find it longer to settle in your new home than outdoor cats. Outdoor cats should be supervised and only allowed out for short periods of time, until you are comfortable that they have formed attachment to their new home. Your cat will spend time reclaiming their territory from neighbouring cats, expect hissing and potential fighting with other cats during this time. If your cat does unfortunately run away or get lost, boost your chances of finding it by updating your registered address on the microchip with the vet, and make sure your cat’s collar is boasting the correct address and contact number.
Butter on Cats Paws
Yes you’ve read that correctly, a top tip from cat owners is to cover your cats paws with butter before letting them go outside for the first time in your new home. This will detract them from rushing out of the door in panic, as they will get distracted through licking off the butter, in turn becoming aware of their new surroundings.
Follow the above tips and your move with your cat is likely to run smoothly. Oneflare can help to connect you to the right experts first time and every time, be it from helping to identify local pet sitters to sourcing the best removalists to help with your house move.