08 Aug 2023
Moving can be an overwhelming time for our feline friends. Anyone with a cat will know that they love routine and familiarity, so planning ahead can really help make the whole moving experience smoother for our purr-fect companions.
On Moving Day
If your cat is happy and used to spending time in a cattery, it is well worth booking them in for the day whilst the move is going ahead. This will ensure that they stay safe, contained and away from all the comings and goings that moving house entails.
If that is not an option for your furry friend, then marking one room as a "safe zone" where your cat can be kept behind a closed door and away from the hustle and bustle is the next best thing. Ideally, if you can your cat used to a crate or basket on the run-up to moving day, popping them in this can ensure that they stay super safe and happy at all times.
Remember to give them a small meal, access to fresh water and a litter tray to help them settle down.
Prepare an 'Essentials' Bag
Pack a bag with your cat's favourite toys, food, treats, and grooming supplies. Having these familiar items readily available during the move and the first few days in the new home will help ease their anxiety.
Update Microchip Information
If your cat is microchipped, don't forget to update your contact information with the chip registry. This will ensure a swift reunion if they happen to wander off during the move
Create a Safe Space
In your new home, designate a quiet and cosy room as your cat's safe space. Fill it with their bed, litter box, and some hiding spots. This will give them a sense of security as they explore their new surroundings gradually.
Ideally, keep your cat in this room for a few days so it can adjust to the new space and house slowly.
Introduce your cat to one room at a time, allowing them to acclimate to the new scents and sounds before giving them access to the entire house.
Watch for Signs of Stress
Cats may show signs of stress through hiding, excessive meowing, or changes in appetite. Be patient and provide reassurance during this adjustment period.
Stick to Routines
As much as possible, maintain their feeding and playtime schedules. Familiar routines will help them feel at ease in the new environment.
Secure Windows and Balconies
Ensure all windows and balconies are secure, especially in high-rise buildings. Cats can be curious climbers, and safety is a top priority.
Once your cat feels comfortable, explore the new surroundings together. If you can, let them investigate and familiarise themselves with the new neighbourhood on a leash or within a secure cat enclosure.
Keep the Old Favourites
Don't rush to replace their old toys or scratching posts. Familiar scents will provide comfort during this transition.
Lots of Love
Last but not least, shower your fur baby with love and attention. Your presence and affection will make all the difference during this big change.
This International Cat Day, we hope that these top tips make the journey a smooth one for your beloved furry friends!