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How to Move with a Cat

Moving can be stressful for you and your furry friend. Whether moving next door or across state lines, you should consider that your pet won’t welcome such big changes.

So, you have to find ways to reduce stress.

 Cats don’t like change, and they especially become anxious in new environments.

Of course, their behavior may differ depending on your cat’s temperament. Still, it’s important to find ways to make your cat adjust to its new home.

 To reduce stress on your part, use car shipping companies to help move your car(s).

This way, you can focus on what to do with your pet and property.

 Here are important tips to help you move your cat with less stress.

How to Move with a Cat

 Before the Move

 Always prepare your cat days before the moving company comes.

Because the cat is still in a familiar environment, you can make it ready for the move.

 Update Your Cat’s ID

Make sure your cat has a form of identification like collars or microchips.

It’s advisable to microchip your pet before moving because they can slip away as you move.

 Also, keep a few photos of your cat to make identification easier.

That way, you increase the chances of a reunion should it escape.

Cat sitting in a moving box

  • Change Environment Gradually

A sudden change or having new people around can increase your cat’s stress.

Also, its anxiety may increase when favorite objects and furniture start disappearing.

To counter stress and anxiety, introduce packing boxes days before you move.

Then, your cat will become familiar with the new normal and be less stressed on moving day.

  • Introduce the Cat Carrier

Your cat will spend the better part of its time in its carrier when you move.

So try to find one that’s secure, comfy, and made for travel.

Place your carrier in a room your cat likes and let its curiosity do the rest.

But remember to place treats, favorite toys, and blankets in the carrier.

If the cat is afraid to enter the carrier, you start by placing its meals around it.

Then move these meals inside the carrier and place them further inside every time.

The earlier you start, the more comfortable it will be.

Woman holding a gray and white cat standing by moving boxes

  • Maintain a Routine

Moving may be out of your power, but you can at least maintain your pet’s routine.

Try to give meals, cuddles, and playtime during the usual time.

Remember, if you know your cat is prone to anxiety, talk to your vet.

There are several cat products designed for such feelings.

They include calming aids, anti-anxiety meds, supplements, and prescription diets.

During the Move

When the day comes, it’s advisable to keep your kitty in its carrier while movers do their job.

You should also accept that this will be an anxiety-ridden day for your pet.

So, resist the temptation to open the carrier to comfort it.

Black and white cat eating from a small white bowl

  • Feed a Small Meal

Stress will affect your cat’s whole body, including its stomach.

You can reduce vomiting or stomach problems by giving your cat smaller portions when you move.

Gray cat sitting in a turquoise-colored crate

  • Carrier Time

Your carrier should be the last thing you load into the car.

And as you travel, don’t open the carrier to comfort your kitty even if it seems distressed.

If you open it, your cat may make a dash for it in an unfamiliar neighborhood.

Don’t forget to have the cat’s toys, food, and familiar objects in its carrier.

Orange cat sitting in a woman's lap

 After the Move

 The most stressful part is now over. Next, you have to find ways to make your cat at home.

  • Gradual Adaptation

Your cat will probably try to run away when you move to your new destination.

So, try to keep the cat in one selected room that feels familiar.

Familiar objects, toys, and food can help your cat adjust faster.

Remember, your cat won’t adjust to its new home immediately.

If it was too stressed during the move, let it adjust slowly.

Also, choose a familiar layout for it and include the litter box there.

Spend most of your time in this room to help your cat acclimatize.

Cats are curious animals, so soon, curiosity will replace fear.

But don’t let it out of your sight too soon.

Stressors such as fireworks or thunderstorms can scare it, making it run away.

  • Clean Thoroughly

You should deep-clean your new home to remove traces of the previous owner.

This is especially recommended if pets were living there.

Cats have powerful noses that can detect the previous animal’s smell, adding to its discomfort.

Orange cat sitting in a litter box

  • Set Up a Permanent Litter Box

If you notice that your cat feels at home, it’s time to place a permanent litter area.

While you have a litter box in its present room, you need one at a convenient place.

Let the cat have both for weeks, then remove the temporary litter box and leave the permanent one.

If your cat isn’t using the permanent litter box, talk to an expert to find a lasting solution.

Black and white cat meeting an orange cat

  • Watch Out for Neighboring or Stray Cats

Listen to any sudden disturbances or catfights when you let your cat out.

Stay alert until you and your cat learn about other pets or stray animals.

This can help your cat avoid injuries, bruises, or perpetual fear.

When moving, always use movers that will keep your pets into consideration.

This way, you and your cat can have a stress-free move.

Also, choose reliable car shipping companies.

With your car on its way to its new home, you can now concentrate on your furry friends.

Molli Taylor

Thursday 10th of March 2022

we have 3 cats and may be making a biiiig move pretty soon!

Debbie P

Wednesday 9th of March 2022

I haven't had a cat in some time. But this was a very interesting and informative article.

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