Although humans can easily move properties several times in their life without getting too attached, cats are not so good at doing this. Cats are fairly content at sticking to one home for life. Nevertheless, although cats are not fond of moving houses, they do form attachments to their owners and will want to stick with them even when it’s time to move. Therefore, there are several ways you can make the transition to your new house more comfortable and easier for your cats. Here is a guide on successfully moving home with a cat.
Moving Home With a Cat
The last thing you want to do when it comes to moving house is to let your cat get stressed or nervous. It is also essential to prepare your cat in subtle ways before moving day and stick to a normal routine. You will need to make your new home seem as familiar as possible. For more ways on how to ensure your cat has the most successful move to your new house, keep reading.
Stick to a Normal Routine
Make sure that in the lead up to your moving day, you stick to a normal routine. This will make the move much easier for your cat and won’t worry them unnecessarily beforehand. Whether you are moving down the street or several hours away, it is still essential to maintain your usual routine. Do exactly what you’d normally do with your cat, making sure to feed him or her at the same time every day. If your cat is naturally nervous then this is especially important; moving home is only going to massively increase their anxiety.
Get Them Used To the Cat Carrier
If you do not already have a cat carrier, then it is important to purchase one before the move. Once you have obtained one, make sure to leave it around the house for your cat to become familiar with. You also need to do this with any moving boxes you’ll be using. Making sure your cat gets used to the cat carrier and the moving boxes will be crucial for when it’s actually time to leave.
It is also advised to line the cat carrier with a blanket to encourage your cat to sleep in it. You could also think about purchasing a cat harness and start getting your cat familiar with the feel of it. If your cat is happy to wear a harness then it will make the move far easier for you and will ensure the cat won’t escape from you and run back home. However, if you think your cat is not going to get used to the harness then don’t force it. You want the cat to be as relaxed as possible in the lead up to your dedicated moving day.
The Moving Day
On the day of the move, there are several ways you can make it easier and as stress-free as possible for your cat. Before your Removals Company Chelsea arrive, place your cat in a room by themselves with all of their essentials. This will provide a quiet place for them while the removal men are packing up your home and loading up the van. Leave them in a secure room with their bed, food, litter tray and any toys or comforters they have. This will help to keep them calm on the day and ensure they don’t wander off before you have to leave.
It is also best not to give them too much breakfast. This will reduce their chances of getting sick in the car during transportation. More importantly though, during the car journey, make sure not to open the cat carrier door and let them out. Even if they look unhappy and nervous, they will be far safer in the carrier. The best thing to do is talk to them softly throughout the duration of the car journey. This will prevent the risk of your cat making a mad dash out of the car door as soon as you arrive and it’s opened.
Helping Your Cat to Settle In
The best way to make sure your cat feels at home in the new house is to furnish everything with their own scent. You’ll notice how your cat rubs their heads on walls, doorways, items of furniture etc to lay down their scent. When they are feeling particularly confident, the cat will rub their scent around the house to increase the feeling of security.
So, when you move into the new home, obviously none of these smells will be present. Therefore, you can help by taking a soft cloth and rubbing it gently around your cat’s face to gather their scent. Then distribute this around the new house at your cat’s head height. This will help them to feel at home and bond with the territory. It is best off to repeat this daily for the first few days in order to build up your cat’s smell throughout the house.
We also suggest feeding your cat smaller but more frequent meals through the day to initially increase the contact they have with you. Providing them with more attention in the first few weeks of the new home will help to strengthen the bond they have with you, and offering food is the best way to do so. It is also essential to establish a feeding spot where they always get fed. This will help your cat to anticipate their meals, allowing them to feel more relaxed.
When to Let Your Cat Outside
Make sure not to let your cats outside for at least two weeks after the initial moving in day. This period inside will help them to get used to their new territory. If your cat is particularly nervous, then it could be worth keeping them inside for a few extra days.
A few days before you let your cat outside, sprinkle some of their used litter around the perimeter of your garden. This will help the cat to feel more comfortable for their first time outside and will also make neighbouring cats aware there is a new cat in the area.
Lastly, and most importantly, make sure your cat is wearing a suitable form of identification in the event that they unexpectedly run off. Make sure their collar clearly states your names, address and phone numbers. If your cat is not microchipped, then it is worth having this done before you let him or her outside. If they are already chipped, make sure to inform the microchip company of your new address.
Hopefully, if you implement all of the advice we have suggested above, then the transition to your new home will be made as easy as possible for your cat. If you have found this article useful, please feel free to share it on your social media.