Posted on January 29th, 2016
Ever wonder why there are so many cat videos on YouTube? The answer is simple, pet owners adore their cats.
If this is you, then you’ll probably worry about how your cat will handle your upcoming move.
Dogs are typically more accustomed to travelling in the car and visiting other places. Cats, though, are more independent. Moving can disrupt their routine and leave them stressed and anxious.
Before Moving Day
Before the movers arrive to load your belongings, you need to have a plan for your cat. Your cat will probably get tense with all the packing and loading. He or she might even run away in the confusion.
To put your cat at ease, arrange for someone to watch him or her while you move. You could even have your cat stay at a cattery for a few days.
As the move gets closer, take your cat to the veterinarian. Update your pet’s shots if necessary. Ask your vet about any health concerns your cat may experience while moving. Also ask your vet whether you should give your cat sedatives to reduce his or her stress during the move. Request a health certificate for your cat-the
moving company or your new vet might ask for it.
If you’ll need to stay at hotels along your way, make sure you book pet-friendly hotels. Don’t rely on what it says on a hotel’s website; call ahead to verify that your cat can stay with you.
As moving day nears, make sure your cat spends time in his or her carrier every day. That way, they won’t feel as shocked to spend long periods of time in the carrier during the move.
During the Move
Even when you’re prepared, moving with a cat can be difficult. Your cat will probably feel confused in an unfamiliar environment, so put some of your cat’s favourite snacks or toys in the carrier. Also line the carrier with paper towels in case your cat has an accident.
Since the over stimulation can stress out your cat, place a sheet over your cat’s carrier for the first few hours of the trip.
Don’t forget to give your cat food at the times he or she is used to, and give him or her some water every few hours. If your cat is accustomed to being outdoors, you can let him or her out when you stop for breaks.
If your cat isn’t used to the outdoors, bring a litter box along and let your cat out of the carrier to use it every few hours.
When you stay at hotels, don’t leave your cat alone for too long. If you must leave your cat in the room, keep him or her in the carrier. Otherwise, housekeeping staff might open the door and accidentally give your cat a chance to escape.
You can simplify the entire moving process by letting a removal company move your cat. An experienced removal company can transport your cat to your new home. They can even arrange boarding while your cat awaits your arrival.
After the Move
When you arrive at your new home, inspect it thoroughly. Look for any dangers to your cat, such as wires or glass.
If the home looks safe, set up a familiar space for your cat. Place their bed, litter box, toys and food inside. Now, let your cat explore. They will soon become familiar with your new home.
Moving with a pet can be taxing, but it’s much easier when you are prepared. To make the process easier, ask a local removal company to move your cat.