You probably already know that moving can be extremely stressful on you and your family, but have you thought about how stressful moving is for your cat? Cats may not have a lot of belongings to move, but they are naturally very territorial creatures. It takes them time to get used to their new surroundings and that isn't always an easy thing for them to do. So, before you start packing, take a few minutes to learn how you can make your household move easier for your cat.
Before You Move
Cats don't like change, so it's important that you take some time to prepare your cat for the move. A little bit of extra preparation helps your cat get used to changes around your house, such as random moving boxes. The good thing is, it also gives you a little bit of extra time to determine how moving will affect your furry friend. A few things to consider include:
- Set a few empty moving boxes around your house a few days before you start to pack to allow your cat to slowly adjust to their presence.
- Stick to your cat's feeding, attention, and play schedule as much as possible so that he feels safe and loved.
- Set the cat carrier on the floor with the door open so that your cat can get used to going to and from the carrier on his own.
- Pack up your cat's belongings last. Your cat will feel more comfortable the longer he has access to the bedding, toys, and furniture that he loves.
During the Move
With movers coming and going from your home, moving day could be really hard on your cat. After all, there will be strangers coming into his house and removing everything. Make the process a little easier for everyone by:
- Putting your cat in the bathroom with all of his essentials -- water, food, and his litter box -- so that he can't run outside while the movers are working.
- After the moving van pulls away, put your furry friend in his carrier so that he's ready to go to his new house.
- Make sure you don't open the door to his carrier while you're transporting him to your new home. When cats are scared, they typically run and you don't want him to get loose or get stuck under the brake pedal while you're driving.
Adjusting to the New House
Don't expect your cat to be thrilled about his new home as soon as you step in the door. Even though your cat has his stuff, it's still a completely different house with a completely new layout. Instead of letting him roam the house on his own, get him used to one room at a time. Once he's cool, calm, and collected, he'll have plenty of time to explore the entire house.
It isn't always easy to move when you have a pet. However, taking the time to prepare your cat for your move will make the process easier on everyone -- even the moving company employees will appreciate the fact that they don't have to work around an anxious, scared cat. Contact Pacific Northwest Moving company or your local moving company to learn more.