Relocation is undoubtedly an extremely stressful process especially when you have no idea how to go about it. Therefore, the best solution is to hire a moving company who will do the work for you and that too at an affordable price. But it gets all the more stressful when you have pets to move with you.
Pets, especially cats, are not fond of change which you must’ve already discovered this by now. Hence when it comes to moving, you are not only stressed about relocating your items but also your cat. It is a traumatic period for your cats and that you need to make them as comfortable as you can. So here are some ways to prepare your furry companion and yourself before moving house.
Preparing your pet
- The packing chaos tends to upset cats. So it is advisable to keep them in a quiet room while you are packing. It will be happier there away from all the noise and commotion. Also, it is a brilliant idea to keep your cat in a separate room away from all the packaging as they like hiding in boxes.
- Speak to the vet if your cat gets nervous. The vet will prescribe an anti-anxiety medication which will ease the moving process for your cat.
- Train your cat to sit in the carrier. You can do so by keeping its food in the carrier till it gets accustomed to sitting inside. Prepare a comfy bed in the carrier, and your cat is sure to love it.
- Keep all the packaging boxes at a distance from your pets as their presence might annoy the beings.
- Do not overfeed your cat on the moving day and keep the breakfast as small as possible. Make sure that the cat is fed not less than three hours before the travel. This reduces any stomach illness due to traveling.
- Consider carrying packing tape for the carrier in case of emergencies.
- Empty the items from the room where your cat is kept last. But before you do so, place your cat in the carrier.
- Ensure the cat’s safety while on the move by setting the carrier in a seat and securing the carrier with a seat belt or any such equipment.
- If you have hired professional removalists for your move, they will be going in and out of the house which might make your cat nervous. So keep the cat in a room where nobody enters during the moving procedure, preferably a bathroom. Keep adequate water, cat food, litter box and its bed in the room. Keep all the windows and doors shut. To be on a safe side, place a sign on the door requesting the movers and family members to keep the door closed.
- Do not transport your cat in the cargo along with all your items nor in the cargo space of your car.
- Make sure that the car or vehicle is well ventilated.
- Do not leave the cat alone in the car while you have gone out to take a break especially if it is too hot.
- Your cat will be scared while on the move. Do not get tempted to open the carrier to soothe it as it is bound to dash out. Open the carrier only if it is absolutely necessary and in a secure area.
- Prepare yourself in advance to save time during the move.
- Keep your cat in a quiet room as it is already terrified with all the moving procedure.
- Let it get used to the surrounding and try to keep it indoors as much as you can (minimum two weeks).
- Provide familiarity and continuity by maintaining your cat’s previous routine.
- Cat proof your new home from all the potential dangers such as the window screens or any other place where the cat can get stuck.
- Set up a separate room (choose a quiet location) for your cat with its familiar items such as its litter box, scratching posts, water and food bowls, and toys. This serves as one familiar place for the cat while it’s having issues maintain continuity with the whole house.
- Use familiar scents. You can do so in two ways. You can either spray Feliway or pet your cat with a sock in your hand and then rub the sock in the corners of objects.
- Pay extra attention to your cat if it is an indoor cat.
- You can take the decision on letting the cat out if you feel it has adapted to the interiors.
So these are some of the things to do before you move with your cat and while on the move. Above all, be patient with them and do not shout at them unnecessarily as they are equally stressed as you are. Pamper and shower them with love to make the moving process stress-free.