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When you have a pet, your home is their home. The people, sights and smells become familiar to them. This is particularly true with cats, which means that moving house can be just as stressful for them as it is for you!

Being uprooted to a new location can be quite disorientating for the average kitty. They will be faced with huge changes to their environment, even before the move. This could lead to your furry friend becoming ill, or even trying to run away.

As such, it is important to remember not to just treat your cat like a piece of luggage. There are a number of well known tricks to make moving home with a cat much easier on the both of you; all it takes is some foresight and you two can get settled in no time at all!

Cattery

If there is any danger of your cat getting under your feet during the big move, you may want to consider boarding them in a cattery. This will give you a chance to focus on the big day and prepare for your cat’s future arrival in their new home.

There are just two things to remember: first, make sure your cat’s vaccinations are up to date, or it likely won’t be accepted. Second, make your booking as far in advance as possible if you want to get a slot.

Failing this, you may be able to ask a friend or family member if they mind looking after your pet for a few days – just make sure they aren’t allergic!

Travelling with your cat

On the big moving day, you may decide that your cat will feel better off riding with you. However, there are a few things to keep in mind about transporting a cat via vehicle.

Firstly, you will want to place your cat in a sturdy and purpose-built travel box. You do not want to use a cardboard box, or anything too far from your cat’s size; remember, too small a container will make them uncomfortable, but travelling in too-large a box could make get thrown around or injured.

Secondly, do not store the travel box in your foot well. Instead, have someone hold the box or secure it down (this is particularly important if you are thinking of placing it in the boot).

Thirdly, if the journey is particularly long then you may want to plan a few stops. Be sure to park in the shade wherever possible, ideally with the window open (provided your cat is still secured). You should also use these opportunities to give the cat a chance to have food, water or a bathroom break.

Finally, if your cat is a particularly poor traveller, you may simply want to sedate them for the trip. Your vet should be able to let you know the best way to do this.

Make a safe space

If boarding your cat isn’t an option, an alternative is to create a safe space in your home for your cat to feel comfortable in.

Start by selecting a room, packing everything inside away and then shutting the windows and door. Next, set your cat up with their belongings, such as their bed, toys, scratching post, water bowl and litter tray. Finally, let your removers know not to disturb your cat (it can even be an idea to hang a sign on the door).

With so many familiar sights and scents, your cat should feel calmer, even with the move going on outside their room! You may even want to provide them with a jumper, towel or sheet that smells of you in order to help them feel more secure.

Once you arrive at your new home, put your cat in a safe space. This can serve as a base camp to help introduce them into your new home. All you need to do is let them explore gradually, opening up a few rooms at a time over at least two weeks.

One final thing to keep in mind about safe spaces is that they can be doubly important when you are moving close to a public holiday. These can be particularly loud and disruptive, which can make the new environment even scarier for your cat.

Scents and pheromones

Anyone who is familiar with cats will know how important smells are for them. The right scents help kitties feel comfortable, secure and at home in familiar surroundings. Luckily, there are a few ways to make your move easier by using your cat’s nose!

Again, there is a lot to say for using clothing or sheets that smell of you. You can put one of these in your cat carrier, along with their bed once you arrive at your new home.

Another idea is to ask your vet to recommend some artificial pheromones. These can then be sprayed around to help your cat feel more comfortable, or you could even use a plug-in version like those available with Adaptil.

Finally, once you arrive at your new home, try to reassure your cat by rubbing a soft cloth over their face and neck. Rubbing this over a few surfaces in your new home should also help the cat adjust.

Tags and collars

One thing that you cannot afford to forget about before moving day is to update your cat’s identification. This will help you to recover your cat if they try to make a break for it.

Start by swapping the identity tag on your cat’s collar to one with your new address and phone number. Next, find the company associated with your cat’s microchip registration and tell them about your move. It will also be a good idea to register your cat with a new vet as soon as possible.

Don’t let them out

DON’T relax once you get to your new home (actually, do, because you’ve had a rough day and your deserve it!) Unfortunately, you will need to keep in mind that this is still unfamiliar territory for your cat.

Even if your cat is an outdoor cat to prevent them from getting out and making a run for it, make sure you close the windows and doors (again, it is a good idea to keep your cat indoors in a safe room for a while). Obviously if your moving to a house that has a cat flap, be sure to keep this locked.

Warn your old neighbours

If you are not moving too far away, there is a chance that your cat might try to get back to your old home. Just in case this happens, it will be a good idea for you to warn your former neighbours, as well as the new owners for your old home. That way, they can call you whenever your feline friend makes an appearance.

Keep in mind that if you do not warn anyone about your cat, they could end up encouraging it to keep coming back.

Letting cats out after moving

At some point, your cat will need to see the rest of the house and outdoors. They are, after all, independent creatures, and they’ll have an entire new kingdom to explore! However, this may give them the chance to run away, so it is still important to be cautious.

By this point you should have eased your cat into the new environment enough to make them feel at home, so being able to trust them outside shouldn’t be too much of a problem. Start by letting them out a few minutes at a time, ideally before meals. You can then extend this time, slowly at first, until you can trust them for as long as necessary.

A helpful trick is to sprinkle some used litter around your garden. This will make the area smell familiar to your cat whilst also letting the neighbourhood cats know that there is a new arrival.

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