Cats don’t like change. They are territorial creatures and prefer to spend their time in an environment that is familiar to them. They are not a fan of new routines, which can cause difficulties for you when you are planning to move. However, moving with your cat doesn’t have to be stressful.
When moving with your cat, your first priority should be to minimize their stress. Your cat’s reaction to the move depends on his temperament. It’s your responsibility to lessen his anxiety and ensure that he does not start acting out. Take some time from your routine and think about your cat. Work on minimizing the interference of other people. Make sure there are only a few movers in the house. Too many people might overwhelm your cat.
Buy your packing supplies a week before moving. Introduce your cat to the cardboard boxes. We all know how cats love to sit in uncomfortable positions in cardboard boxes. Once your cat has adjusted to the changes in your house, you can start packing.
Following are a few tips on how to help your cat deal with the move:
Start Pheromone Therapy
The initial joy of playing in the boxes will wear off. Your cat will immediately notice the changes around him, and when things won’t seem right, he will panic. Before this happens, start your pheromone therapy.
This refers to delivering soothing pheromones to your cat via a spray or diffuser. You can also use a pheromone collar instead, but this collar should not replace their regular collar that should have your information on it.
Pick a Safe Room
Since your home’s doors will be constantly open and closed due to the movers coming in and out, we recommend you pick a safe spot for your cat. You don’t want him bolting through the open door, and add to your stress on top of moving. Make sure the room has their litter tray, water, and food bowls and crate. You can put some pheromone spray in their crate, along with a fleece blanket. Adding some catnip and silver vine will help as well.
Make sure your cat wears a collar with your information on the tag, and tape a note to the door warning movers not to open it.
Talk to Your Vet
Some cats are extremely fussy and don’t like to ride long distances. If your cat hates the car, consult your vet and ask for some help. Do not give your cat any medications unless your veterinarian has approved them.
Give your cat a light snack, so he does not throw up in the car. Talk to your cat in a calm manner while you are on the road. Your cat should associate your voice with safety.
Don’t Give Him Free Rein
No matter how happy-go-lucky your cat is, the new house will scare them, and it’s possible they might develop some anxiety. So, keep him in one room as much as possible until you have fully settled in.
If you are moving with your dog as well, visit our blog Moving With Your Dog: Tips and Hints
And this is how you successfully move with your cat! These tips will work best on your cat if he is trained. Why not get a force-free trainer to make your move comfortable? Visit the Dances with Dogs website for online cat training. To know more about their services or schedule an appointment, call 786-299-1552.