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Moving With Cats: How To Keep Your Feline Healthy During a Move

Moving With Cats: How To Keep Your Feline Healthy During a Move

There are a million things to think about when planning a move. In addition to all of the boxes, appliances, furniture, and everything else, you can’t forget about your more animated cargo – namely, your pets. And while traveling with a dog is usually pretty easy – most like cars, after all – the same can’t be said for cats.

If a cat never ever rode in any sort of motorized transportation, it would probably be fine with him. But this just isn’t an option for a move. This is why when moving with cats, you need to do things to make your kitty feel comfortable and keep him safe and sound during the entire process.

Reducing Cat Stress

Because cats are such creatures of habit, anything new or different can cause stress and anxiety. According to PetMD, signs to look out for include reduced activity, trembling, and hiding.

If you have a naturally high-strung cat or you’re worried that the move may be too upsetting, there are ways to help her relax, such as by using a synthetic feline pheromone spray. There are also more natural remedies you can try. Of course, it is always recommended that you talk to your vet before administering anything new.

Calm Your Cat with Herbs and Flowers

There are a variety of herbs and flowers that can help soothe your cat while moving, including:

Catnip

Wait, isn’t catnip supposed to make a cat hyper? Yes, but once it wears off, he will be nice and mellow.

Chamomile

The same thing you may drink in your tea can help your cat relax. Dried chamomile flowers provide the best calming benefits.

Valerian

While Valerian may also make your cat a little crazy like catnip, this is also an excellent way to induce a nice nap.

Beach Rescue Remedy

Not only can Beach Rescue Remedy reduce stress and anxiety, one of its biggest benefits is that it works very quickly.

Hops

It makes sense that an ingredient found in beer will help calm a cat. Just be sure to give him dried flowers and not a pint!

Catnip can have a calming effect on your cat after a stressful move.
Catnip can have a calming effect on your cat after a stressful move.

Preparation is the Key to a Successful Move with Cats

To make moving with cats as painless as possible, it is important to plan for each stage of your moving journey.  

Before the Move

An essential thing to do ahead of time is to try to keep routines the same, and perhaps the most important part of this is sticking to the regular feeding schedule. And if your cat expects attention at certain times, do you best to accommodate her.

You should also gradually start putting out the moving boxes so she can get used to them. She may actually love this part and think the boxes are for her.

Also, be sure to put the carrier out well before you need to put her in it. Eventually you should start putting treats in it and her food dish so she becomes more accustomed to it.

During the Move

If you have ever moved before, you know moves can get hectic. This is why you should put your cat in a quiet room with food, water, the litter box, and the carrier. Keep him there until it’s time to go.

Once in the car or moving truck, while you may be tempted to take him out of the carrier – especially if he’s crying and whining – don’t do it. Your cat’s safety is the priority, and he’ll stay protected inside.

When you arrive at your new home, repeat the isolation as much as you can by putting him in a quiet space with all of his stuff.

After the Move

Cats are pretty resilient, so even if the move was a little traumatic, it probably won’t take her too long to get settled in. (After all, how long did it take when you first brought her home?) Just don’t push her to do anything she doesn’t want to do.

Give her time to get used to her new surroundings. Of course, once you have a permanent space set up for the litter box, make sure she knows where it is. And if there are a few accidents at first, don’t get too upset. Also be sure to give her lots of love and affection. (Plenty of treats don’t hurt either.)

Moving with cats can be difficult, but it doesn’t have to be. Following these tips and advice can help ensure both you and your cat have as pleasant an experience as possible.