10 Tips for Making Your Move Easier on Your Cat

10 Tips for Making Your Move Easier on Your Cat

Published On: October 10, 2022|Categories: Blog, Moving, Pets, Tips, Life Hacks & How-to|Tags: , , , |

10 Tips for Making Your Move Easier on Your Cat

Moving is stressful for people – and it’s stressful for their pets, too. If you’re moving to (or from) Jasper with a cat, you probably already know that your feline family member may struggle to adjust. Fortunately, there are ten things you can do to make the move a lot easier on your cat. This guide explains.

10 Tips for Making Your Move Easier on Your Cat

Check out these ten tips to make your move easier on your cat:

  1. Get your cat used to their carrier
  2. Leave moving boxes out for your cat to explore
  3. Stick to regular feeding and cuddle routines
  4. Talk to your vet about calming your kitty
  5. Pack a bag of essentials just for your cat (and hand-carry it)
  6. Keep your cat confined (in a carrier or a locked room) on moving day
  7. Feed your cat a small meal on moving day
  8. Take your cat out of your old house last – after the movers are gone
  9. Set up your cat’s litter box, food and water bowls, and bed immediately
  10. Let your cat explore at their leisure

Here’s a closer look at each.

Tip #1 for Making Your Move Easier on Your Cat: Get Your Cat Used to Their Carrier Early

Your cat’s carrier will be their safe space during the move – so it’s important to make sure they’re used to it well before moving day. If your cat hasn’t been in their carrier for a while, start by leaving it out in an open area of your home several weeks before the move. Encourage your cat to explore it and sleep in it by putting treats and toys inside. On moving day, put a towel or blanket in the carrier to make it feel even more like home.

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Tip #2 for Making Your Move Easier on Your Cat: Leave Moving Boxes Out Ahead of Time

Cats love to explore – so give them something to explore in the days leading up to your move. Leave out a few empty moving boxes (with no tape or other hazards) for your cat to investigate. They may even enjoy sleeping in them!

Tip #3 for Making Your Move Easier on Your Cat: Stick to Regular Feeding and Cuddling Routines

During the hectic days before and after a move, it’s easy to let things like regular meal times and cuddle sessions slip. But try to stick to your cat’s usual routine as much as possible. This will help reduce their stress levels and make them feel more comfortable in their new surroundings.

Tip #4 for Making Your Move Easier on Your Cat: Talk to Your Vet About Calming Your Kitty

If you’re worried about your cat being particularly stressed during the move, talk to your veterinarian about products that can help calm them down. There are a number of safe, effective products on the market that can help ease your cat’s anxiety.

Tip #5 for Making Your Move Easier on Your Cat: Pack a Bag of Essentials Just for Your Cat

Make sure you have everything you need for your cat on moving day by packing a bag of essentials ahead of time. Include things like food, water, bowls, a litter box, litter, toys, and a towel or blanket. And don’t forget to pack any medications your cat is taking.

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Tip #6 for Making Your Move Easier on Your Cat: Keep Your Cat Confined on Moving Day

On moving day, it’s best to keep your cat confined in a carrier or a locked room. This will help reduce their stress levels and keep them out of the way of the movers. If you have to leave them in a carrier for an extended period of time, put a towel or blanket over it to help muffle any sounds and create a sense of calm.

Tip #7 for Making Your Move Easier on Your Cat: Feed Your Cat a Small Meal on Moving Day

Your cat may not have much of an appetite on moving day, but it’s important to make sure they eat something. A small meal will help keep their energy levels up and prevent them from getting too stressed.

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Tip #8 for Making Your Move Easier on Your Cat: Take Your Cat Out of Their Old House Last

When the time comes to leave your old house, put your cat in their carrier and take them with you. They should be the last thing to leave the house – after the movers are gone and all the doors are locked. This will help reduce their stress levels and make them feel more comfortable in their new surroundings.

Tip #9 for Making Your Move Easier on Your Cat: Set Up Their Litter Box, Food, and Water Bowls Immediately

As soon as you get to your new house, set up your cat’s litter box, food and water bowls, and bed. This will help them feel more at home and give them a sense of security.

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Tip #10 for Making Your Move Easier on Your Cat: Let Them Explore at Their Leisure

Once everything is set up in your new house, let your cat explore at their own pace. They may want to hide at first – which is perfectly normal. Just give them some time to adjust and they’ll be back to their old selves in no time.

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