moving with a catLet’s face it: cats don’t like a change and, if you would let them choose, they would prefer to stay at one place for the whole life. Nevertheless, most cats have to move on to a new location at some point in their lives. I know you love your kitty as if it was your family member, therefore I would like to give you some tips on making this transition as stress-free as possible for your beloved pet. Basically, there are three steps involved in moving a cat to a new home: pre-relocating preparation, relocating and settling into your new home.

Preparation for Relocating – It’s recommended to allow your pet enough time to get used to the carrier. You can do that by leaving it somewhere in your home with the door open and a cozy bed/blanket inside. If your cat enters the carrier, try to feed her while she’s inside it. Another clever preparation idea is to put out moving boxes at least one week before you start packing to allow your cat to get used to their presence. If you notice your pet’s nervous while you’re packing, close her in a quiet room, away from packing noises and activity.

Relocating – While movers are going inside out, it’s important to prevent your pet from running out the door. For that reason, close your cat in a room which will remain rather quiet; provide food, water, litter box and your pet’s bed. Inform the movers to keep the door shut. On moving day, your cat should have a very small meal to reduce stomach upset. While relocating, make sure you don’t open the carrier to soothe your furry companion, because cats are very likely try to dash out. Of course, if you think it’s absolutely necessary to open the carrier, make sure you’re doing that in a secure area.

Settling – First of all, you should cat-proof your new home. Immediately after you arrive there, take your pet to a room that is going to be relatively unoccupied for some time. Before you open a carrier, set up food, water, litter box and bedding. Keeping your cat in this home-base room for several days is highly recommended; an animal will gradually get used to the new surrounding area. Make sure you spend enough time with your beloved pet, offer her attention and playtime.

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