Moving House With a Cat:
Tips and Tricks for a Stress-Free Move
Moving house can be a stressful experience for anyone, but it can be especially stressful for cats. Cats are territorial creatures, and moving to a new home can be a disorienting and unsettling experience for them.
However, with a little bit of preparation and planning, you can help make the transition to your new home as smooth and stress-free as possible for your feline friend.
Here are some tips and tricks for moving house with cats:
- Prepare your cat in advance: Cats are creatures of habit, and they can become anxious when their routine is disrupted. In the weeks leading up to the move, gradually introduce your cat to their carrier. Take them on short car rides to get them used to being in a moving vehicle.
- Create a safe space: On moving day, make sure your cat is safely secured in a quiet, familiar room. This will help to reduce their stress levels and keep them calm during the chaos of the move
- Use familiar items: Bring your cat's familiar items with you, such as their bed, blankets, and toys. This will help to make the new environment feel more familiar and comforting for your cat
- Set up a quiet space: Once you arrive at your new home, set up a quiet space for your cat to retreat to. This could be a spare room or a cozy corner of the house where your cat can feel safe and secure
- Update your pet's microchip: If your pet is microchipped, make sure their details are up-to-date before you move. This will help you locate them if they go missing during the move. The PDSA Animal Wellbeing Report 2022 revealed close to 20% of dog, cat and rabbit owners had changed contact details, but had not updated their microchip contact details. Worth noting that the UK Government is introducing legislation to require cats to be microchipped
- Gradually introduce your cat to the new home: Let your cat explore their new surroundings at their own pace. Start by introducing them to one room at a time and gradually expand their access to the rest of the house as they become more comfortable
- Provide plenty of attention and reassurance: Moving can be a stressful time for cats, so make sure to provide plenty of attention and reassurance. Spend time playing with your cat and offering them plenty of affection to help them feel secure and comfortable in their new home
By following these tips and tricks, you can help make the process of moving house with your cat as stress-free as possible. Remember to be patient and understanding with your cat, and give them plenty of time to adjust to their new surroundings. With a little bit of effort and care, you and your furry friend can enjoy your new home together.