In fact, do you have any of the following questions?
If moving is stressful for humans, it could also be stressful for our pets, particularly cats. But, how can we make moving to a new home as safe and stress-free for them as possible? I am a cat mom and as a cat mom I want to take care about them during this stressful process. I would say that we should start prep them before the moving process. So yes, moving a cat to a new house involves three basic aspects: pre-move preparations, the move itself and settling into the new home.
Packing things in a rush can scare our cats into thinking that something terrible is happening. I would recommend to start placing a cardboard box or two in the living room. Let your baby or babies get used to the smell and play around the boxes. You also have the possibility to find a place or ask your Vet sometimes they do offer boarding before you move. Now, if you do have an anxious cat or if your cat is on medication and needs a little extra boost for their anxiety, reach out to your vet for advice. Another thing that you can do is to cat-proof the new home. Make sure there are no broken glass, holes in windows, cables or anything that may injure your cat while they are exploring their new home. Also, make sure to do a deep cleaning your new home and remove any smells from previous pets on surfaces. Try to keep their regular daily routine as stable as possible
c packed last. Make it comfortable by including their regular litter box, toys, water, food, a pheromone diffuser to help them relax, catnip, and other things they like. Then place a “Do not open – cats inside” sign to the door if you have help with movers or friends. When ready, your cat should travel with you never in a moving truck, in their carrier and never leave your pets in a hot car. You can spray the carrier with some feline facial pheromones to help them relax.
If possible, try to unpack most of the house before you let the kitties wander the rest of the house. So what I am saying is to put them or create a safe room for them that will be furnished last and when the rest of the home is ready let your fur babies explore.
Surround them with things that smell familiar like bed, toys, etc. It is not recommended to let your babies loose in the new home immediately as it could be overwhelm for them so one room at a time after you unpack of course. The bedroom furniture should be the first to be installed because will smell familiar for them.
Of course, all this is assuming that you have already make sure the space is safe and cat friendly before you let them out from their carrier, right? I have been reading several articles and I found something interesting, experts recommend that you use a cotton towel or cotton gloves and gently rub it on the cheeks of your felines to obtain the scent of their glands on the face and then pass it on the doors, corners, walls, furniture at the cat’s height to help the cat to become familiar with the new home in its territory as quickly as possible. You should repeat this daily until you see your furry babies rubbing themselves in those areas or objects. Yes interesting!
Just try to give them a little more love than usual because like us, it takes time also for them so be patient with your furry baby. Actually this not only apply for cats, no matter what kind of companion animal you have or if you are moving with multiple cats, moving and adjusting to a new home is always tough and the process is precisely the same. Remember, they are not going to feel entirely at home overnight, take things slowly. They actually may appear a bit confused or scared in the new place. That’s more likely to be the case if any of your cats are older. Older cats that lived in your previous home for a long time are more stressed and anxious as a result of the move than younger cats.
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