Moving With an Anxious Cat? A Few Tips to Get Kitty to the New Home Safely
Some believe felines are more even-tempered when compared to dogs, but cats can get just as anxious during a move as your dog — and possibly even more so. Cats, too, are incredibly territorial, and they are not big fans of change. As you work to get yourself and your family transitioned to a new home, you may need a few pointers to keep your cat safe and happy as well.
1. Invest in a Good Cat Carrier
A suitable cat carrier will be a necessity during the move. These containers will keep the cat safe and secure, so there is no risk of it darting out a door or getting hurt. Once you get to the new house, you can also use the cat carrier to contain your kitty and give it a familiar spot. Getting a room prepared with a litter pan and food bowl and unpacked and ready before releasing your pet is an excellent way to soothe the transition.
2. Maintain a Recognizable Routine
Even though you will be in the middle of moving and the surroundings may look different, do what you can to give your cat a recognizable routine by:
- Providing food and treats at about the same time as usual
- Working in some cuddling or playtime as you usually would, even if it is brief
- Offering the cat some time outdoors per your typical schedule
3. Update Your Pet Identification Tag
Losing a cat during or directly after a move is a possibility. If your kitty gets agitated and scared, it will be more likely to escape. Pet ID tags come in numerous forms, but you can pick up some relatively inexpensive ones at pet stores that you can print with either a reference number or your contact information. Anyone can key that number on a web address and get your contact information with a reference number.
Also, if your cat has a microchip, make sure you update that just before moving so that your current information is available in case anything happens.
4. Talk to the Vet
If you have an especially anxious cat that you fear will become distressed during the move, you may want to consult your cat’s vet. The vet may prescribe your cat something to keep it calm during the few days of the transition.
Another option to consider if you are merely moving somewhere local: boarding your cat at a boarding facility for a few days can mean your pet avoids the commotion during the move. The vet can usually offer guidance on what is available for pet boarding and may even offer pet boarding at the facility.
5. Be Mindful After the Move
Experts recommend waiting at least two weeks before allowing your cat outdoors after moving if you usually allow your cat outside. Keep the initial outdoor trips brief and supervised, and using a harness may even be a good idea. Avoid letting your cat out alone at night or when hungry because it will be less likely to stay close to the house.
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