Moving with your cat is a stressful event, both for owners and cats. Not only the move itself, but also the preparation and getting used to a new home can be stressful. All these aspects are covered in the tips below.
Moving: considerations beforehand
Cats are territorial animals and usually hate changes in their routine. Moving with your cat is such a change. And they are not always happy with the packing that precedes it. Even though it is a busy and exciting period for you, try to make time for your cat(s) from time to time.
You may want to consider putting the cat in a boarding house for the days around the move so you don’t have to worry about him or her. If that’s not an option, read below.
Many cats really like it when one or a few cardboard boxes are brought into the house. However, when a lot of cardboard boxes suddenly keep coming, it can get a bit intimidating.
While packing, make time to play or cuddle your cat from time to time to make things less scary.
If your cat comes outside and is not happy with all the changes in the house, keep it indoors as much as possible in its own space to prevent it from taking a walk.
Remember in good time that on the day you are going to move, you must have a space where you can lock up the cat until you really transition. Also reserve a room in the new house in your mind, where things can be put down first and the cat can also be released again without the risk that he can run away.
The moving day
moving with your cat is not easy, before you actually put boxes in the car or moving in a car, the cat must be in a separate room where it absolutely cannot get out. Don’t forget to give him food, drink and a litter box. Preferably also put his favorite basket or some toys.
Stick a piece of paper on the door so that movers and / or auxiliaries know that this area must be kept closed!
Clear this room last and of course only after you have safely put the cat in a transport basket.
Preferably take the cat with you in your own car and take it immediately to ‘his’ room, which is already furnished a bit. That can be his own cat room, but also your bedroom, a bathroom, etc. Make sure that this door remains closed again by sticking a piece of paper on it!
If your cat is easily upset, a Feliway vaporizer is recommended in that area. Give the cat a treat and leave it alone while you continue unpacking.
When everyone is gone, make a tour of the house to make sure all doors and windows are properly closed. Also check rooms for other possible hiding places, for example behind kitchen cabinets or under floors! Only then open the door of the room where the cat is sitting and let him explore the house at his own pace.
If your cat is nervous or easily upset, close as many doors as possible in the beginning so that he is no longer overwhelmed by all the new areas and open them at different times later.
It is useful to immediately put the litter box (s) and food bowls in their permanent place, which gives the cat more peace of mind.
Cat and car
If your cat is very scared in the cat bed, put a towel in it with its own scent. If you move in the summer, make sure that the cat does not get too hot in the car.
Don’t let it in when you take a break, the temperature can rise very quickly, even if it doesn’t seem that hot outside.
Do not transport your cat in the trunk of the car.
Moving and new things
Resist the temptation to buy new supplies for your cat right away. Even if the scratching post is worn out and his favorite basket is no longer so fresh, take them with you for the time being. The familiar smells ensure that the cat gets used to its new environment faster. Own fragrances always work better than synthetic variants from a bottle or a vaporizer.
Getting used to the new house
Most cats will quickly adapt to a new environment after moving, especially if you make sure the animal receives adequate attention. Try to keep your regular routines as much as possible, that offers a cat security.
Indoor cats will usually have a little more trouble with changes in their environment, but with enough love and attention, they too will adapt quickly.
If you are going to live smaller, make sure that the cat has enough living space. Think especially in terms of height: climbing posts and / or boards along the wall provide extra floor space and offer the cat a challenge. Maybe you can safely cordon off any balcony so your cat can still get some fresh air and enjoy being outside.
Have regular play sessions with the cat. During your absence you can always put new toys, hide food in a food ball or in a paper bag, etc.
When to go outside again?
The cat will first have to stay indoors for a few weeks after moving to get used to its new environment. It is often advised to keep the cats indoors for six weeks , but this is actually not based on anything.
The idea is that your cat is then sufficiently used to the new environment. If your cat has been microchipped, don’t forget to change the address details before you let it out again!
If you want to install a cat flap, use a flap that works on the cat’s chip. This prevents other cats from walking into your house and your own cat does not need a collar with a magnet.
Check that the area is safe for the cat and if in doubt, cordon off your garden. Countless smart solutions can be found on the internet.