11 tips for moving house with your cat

So, you’ve decided to move to a new home – congratulations! But wait, you have a kitty companion to consider. Cats are notorious creatures of habit and any change in their environment can turn them into a jittery ball of nerves. Moving with a cat can be like navigating a minefield.

However, with some proper planning and preparation, you can make the move easier for both you and your furbaby. Here are some tips and tricks to make the transition as smooth as possible, avoid the feline freak-outs and get to your new home with your sanity intact.

Packing and preparing

  1. Plan ahead Consider designating a room in your home for storing all the boxes you have packed. This way, your cat can relax in a familiar environment while you pack up the rest of your things.
  2. Prepare for the car trip Your cat won’t be able to roam free in the car during the trip to your new home, so a cat carrier is a must-have. Not only will it keep your her safe and secure, but it can also provide her with a cosy spot to curl up and relax during the ride. A few weeks before moving day, introduce your cat to the carrier by leaving it in an accessible area and encouraging her to explore it. You can even make it a fun game by hiding treats inside.
  3. Cat identification Moving day can be hectic and the last thing you want is for your cat to get lost during the chaos. Make sure she is wearing a collar with an ID tag containing your current contact information. You might also want to consider getting her microchipped for added safety. This way, if she does manage to escape, she’ll have a better chance of being returned to you safe and sound.

The great migration

Moving day has finally arrived, and it’s time to pack up and hit the road. But before you start loading up the moving truck, don’t forget to take your whiskered buddy into consideration. It’s important to take some extra steps to ensure her comfort and safety during the journey.

  1. First things first Give your kitty some space to chill out. Decide on a quiet room where she can relax – away from all the chaos and commotion – with all her favourite toys and bedding, and her litterbox.
  2. Need medication? If your cat is particularly anxious, you might want to consider using pheromone products to help keep her calm. These sprays and diffusers emit a soothing scent that can help reduce anxiety and promote relaxation. Check with your vet to see if this option would be suitable for your cat.

Would you like to read the rest of the article? Get the May 2023 edition of Animaltalk magazine now from retailers, or order a printed or digital copy from www.coolmags.co.za.

 

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