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How to Successfully Move With Your Cat

Moving is a stressful time for everyone in the family—including the family cat. Cats are creatures of habit and don’t take well to change, so it’s important to take some extra steps to make sure your cat feels comfortable and safe in your new home. Follow these tips and you’ll be sure to have a smooth moving experience with your feline friend.

How to Successfully Move With Your Cat

Familiarize Them with the Carrier

Introduce your cat to their carrier well in advance of the move.

If your cat isn’t used to being in a carrier, they’re going to be even more stressed out on moving day.

Get them accustomed to the carrier by putting it out in an area of the house where they like to spend time, with a soft bed and some treats inside.

This will help them associate the carrier with positive experiences.

Cat sitting in a cardboard box

Don’t Let Them Near Boxes

Keep your cat away from the packing boxes.

As you start packing up your belongings in preparation for the move, your cat may become curious and want to investigate all the new places to hide.

Keep them away from the packing process as much as possible so they don’t get too overwhelmed, and so that you don’t lose them in all the packing peanuts!

If you’re using moving services, like those from Asheville Moving Company, make sure to have your cat in a separate room from the boxes being packed.

This will help keep them away from potentially getting outside or overly stressed.

Cat in new home looking out the window

Have All the Essentials

Make sure you have everything you need for your cat on moving day.

This includes food, water, litter, toys, and anything else they may need to feel comfortable.

It’s also a good idea to have a towel or blanket on hand in case they need somewhere to hide away from all the commotion.

Place Carrier in the Car Ahead of Time 

Once you’re ready to leave for your new home, put your cat in their carrier and place it in the car ahead of time so they can get used to the unfamiliar smells and sounds.

Of course, make sure your car is at an appropriate temperature.

Depending on the time of year, you could roll down the windows for cool air or briefly turn on the heat in your car before placing them inside.  

Gray cat on back of couch in new home with woman and boy

Give Them Attention

Let your cat out of their carrier and give them some time to explore at their own pace.

Be sure to spend lots of time with them and give them plenty of attention so they feel comfortable in their new surroundings.

If your cat is especially anxious, try keeping them in one room at first.

Talk to them, and play with their favorite toy to help get them out of their shell and more relaxed.

Moving with a cat doesn’t have to be a stressful experience—just follow these simple tips and you’ll be sure to have a smooth transition for both you and your furry friend!

Anne Perry

Wednesday 24th of January 2024

Great tips. We are planning a move with 6 dogs and 1 Cat.


Saturday 16th of September 2023

Great strategies, they’ll be helpful!

Rita Wray

Friday 17th of February 2023

Very good post.

Debbie P

Monday 26th of December 2022

This is an interesting article. Thanks.


Thursday 15th of December 2022

I had a clowder of cats when I moved from Texas back to Michigan. I spent years figuring out how I'd do this - ended up buying an RV and moving everyone at the same time w/two other drivers (so we could just drive straight through).

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