Moving homes can be a big change for you and your cat. Here are some ways you can make the process, from packing to the big day, less stressful for you and your feline friend.
Leave some moving boxes out so your cat can get used to them
Cats are not fond of change. By leaving boxes out around the house, even before you start packing, your cat will have time to get used to their presence. It may make the house more cluttered for a little while, but it’ll help your cat be a little less stressed as you begin to pack up your house. Also, don’t be afraid to show your cat some extra love if they seem more stressed out than usual.
Try to keep your cat’s routine intact as you prepare for the move
Leading up to a move, it’ll get difficult to stick to your day-to-day routine. While your routine may change, try to keep your cat’s expected routine as unchanged as possible. If your cat is used to some affection or attention at certain times of day, try to keep those constant. Keeping their feeding times consistent is also a good idea.
Consider sedatives if your cat gets anxiety around traveling
If you know you have to travel long distances by car or plane (in the cabin with you), it may be a good idea to have your veterinarian prescribe sedatives to your cat. If your cat is asleep, they’ll be less stressed out by a long car or train ride.
Have a safe room for your cats on the day of the actual move
With people coming in and out of your new home on the day of the move, you want to keep your cats out of harm’s way. Good places to keep them for the day would be a laundry room or bathroom. Make sure to leave some food, water, toys, and a litter box in the room with them.
Slowly introduce your cat to their new home
Your cat may become overwhelmed if you try to introduce a new space to them all at once. When you first move into your new home, start by designating one room for the cats to stay in for the first few days and to be sure they know where their food, water and litter box will be. As your cat becomes more comfortable, begin to introduce them to the rest incrementally until they are comfortable with the whole house.