6 Tips to Moving House with your Feline Friend
Moving house can be a stressful time at the best of times, so much to do and often the challenge of a new home, job, school, etc can be a little daunting. So for your smaller family members, particularly cats, the stress can have a greater impact. Of course stress levels can be minimised when you choose a professional moving and pet transport company such as Wridgways, after-all we’ve been safely moving people, their belongings and their pets for over 120 years!
So how do you minimise stress levels and make the move a pleasant experience for your feline friend? Here’s a few tips to assist you:
1. Prior to introducing your cat to its new home, take time to clean the room where your cat will be staying in the initial ‘settling-in period’
Cats are territorial by-nature, they mark their home territory by rubbing their scent over furniture and objects in their home. ‘Scenting’ alerts other cats that this territory is already ‘owned’, and defines your cat’s boundaries. When a cat is relocated to a new home, the experience can be quite stressful, particularly if the new home has scents from a previous cat occupier
2. A few days prior to packing and moving day, have your cat collected or arrange for cat boarding for a few days.
Remember cats don’t like dramatic changes in their environment and the noise and activity of packing boxes, arrival of your removalists and moving furniture can confuse and frighten your cat. Its natural instinct is to run or hide, so be aware that your cat is safely secure or on a mini vacation until the removal is completed.
3. It’s worth the peace-of-mind to enrol the services of a professional pet transport company!
Professional pet carriers, such as those used by Wridgways, are the experts in pet transport and they perform this day after day and they love it! It’s worth the extra security and peace-of-mind to engage such a service when transporting your feline friend. You may be surprised at how affordable such a helpful service can be. They also provide expert veterinary advice and support during every stage of the moving process. Find out more here.
If you are moving locally and choose to take your car in the car, be sure to securely lock her in a suitable cat carrier, include a familiar toy or blanket and don’t forget the seatbelt. If you are unsure, always refer to your vet.
4. Getting your cat ready for arrival to her new home
It is important to confine your cat to just one room until unpacking is completed and your cat starts to become accustomed to their new environment.
There are a number of products on the market such as Feliway, a synthetic pheromone, that can be sprayed or ‘plugged-in’ in her new environment to add reassurance and reduce stress for your cat. Of course ensure your cat has fresh food, water, a litter tray and their favourite toy, or cat bed in the room. Be very aware that your feline friend may be a little stressed and looking for escape hatches, so do not place her in a room with a chimney, open windows or large cracks.
Also remember to leave their cat carrier in the room for reassurance and give her a place to hide. We recommend your cat should remain in the one designated room until the removal delivery is complete and a further 1-2 days following. During this adjustment time, be sure to regularly sit with and talk to your cat, reassure her that everything is fine and will soon return to normal.
5. Update her ID – don’t lose track!
Your cat may already have detailed identification on her collar, or registered via her microchip, if not be sure to look into this, and if you already have this covered, remember to update all address and contact details on existing ID.
So after a few days post-move, settling-in your feline friend is ready to explore her new environment. It’s suggested the best approach is to simply allow her to do this in her own time. If your cat is used to being outdoors during the day, check first to make sure there are no dogs nearby and probably best to keep her indoors for at least the first few weeks. Allow her to fully adjust to the new home, all the rooms, smells and noises before letting her venture outdoors. Check with your local council as to their local laws too as often there are ‘cat curfews’ in most parts of Australia and European countries.
A little pre-planning and preparation can make a huge difference to the transition of your cat into their new home.
6. Remember to reduce stress for the yourself, your family and your pets use a reputable, professional moving company like Wridgways – after-all it’s what we have perfected in over 120 years – We Make It Easy!
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