• Adele Danskin

Stress Free Moving House For Your Cat

Moving can be a traumatic experience for everyone. But it will especially be taxing on your cat.

Cats feel safe in familiar surroundings, so combine a new home with the confusion of packing/unpacking and you have the makings of one very unhappy feline. However, there are a few simple things you can do for your cat to reduce the stress of moving.

  • When packing, empty out one room and then put the cat’s food and water, litter, carrier, bedding and toys in there. This will not only keep the cat out of the way while you are packing, but it will keep it happy and feeling safe.

  • You might want to book your cat into a cattery on the day of the move (perhaps even one or two days either side), saving them the stress and you the worry. If this your plan, make sure you book in plenty of time, especially over summer when they’re at their busiest. And bear in mind, you may want to choose a venue that’s nearest to the house you are going to, rather than the one you’re leaving behind. 

  • While moving into the new place, put all the cat’s things (along with the cat) in an empty room before you start unpacking. If you do not have an extra room, unpack one room first, then set the cat up.

  • Let your cat out of the room to explore the house only when everything is set up. And trust us, it will want to explore. But make sure the cat is as relaxed as possible before letting it out, as it may be nervous of the new surroundings.

  • Show your cat where the litter box and food are.

  • Spray calming spray to help the cat as it explores its new territory.

  • Regardless of whether you have updated your cat's microchip, attach a temporary tag on its collar on Move Day which states your phone number and new address.

  • If you have a garden, only let your cat out when it is used to the new house. If not, it may run away and try to find your old, more familiar place. Sprinkle some of the used cat litter around the garden to help the cat pick up familiar smells

  • When you let the cat outside, only do it in short intervals. And be there so it gets used to the area with you there. Also, make sure the cat knows how to get back in.

  • Knocking on your new neighbour’s door with your cat is the perfect icebreaker and – with any luck means they’ll keep an eye out for them in the future too.

Use these simple steps to get your cat familiar with its new home and the transition will go much more smoothly for everyone involved. And by everyone, we mean your cat, because we know the old saying is true: If the cat ain't happy, ain't nobody happy.

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