Moving with Cats Tips
Moving homes while bringing along your feline companions is a unique experience that should only be carried out with some preparation. Here’s a guide to effectively handling your move with your cats as prepared by the residential moving experts at Noah’s Ark Moving and Storage.
Don’t Change your Cat’s Routine
- Keep feeding your cat like you normally do. Same food, same feeding times.
- Try to play with your cats at the same times that you normally do.
- Make sure to keep giving your cat attention throughout the move.
Keep your Cat Relaxed
- Try to stay calm yourself, as your cat can likely tell if you’re stressed out. Try to keep your cat in a separate area from lots of strangers, so it can relax and stay around only people that it’s familiar with.
Bring your cat to the Veterinarian
- Make sure to get your cat a checkup before a long distance move. Get a full medical check-up of your cat, and ask for full copies of your cat’s medical records including it’s immunization passport so that you can sign your cat up with a new veterinarian when you arrive at the new city. You may want to speak to your cat’s doctor about possibly giving it anti anxiety medication for the move.
Bringing a Cat Transporter
- Make sure that the cat’s shipping container is big enough that your cat can move around, sit, stand, lay down, and turn comfortably.
- Make sure that your cat carrier is made of metal, wood, or plastic – or another rigid material. Make sure that the top of the carrier is solid, and that it has ventilation openings on its sides. Make sure that the door can securely latch so that the cat can’t escape during the move.
Keeping your Cat Safe
- Ask a trusted friend, family member, or friend if they can watch your cat during the packing and moving process.
- If you can’t do this, make sure there’s an area you can keep your cat away from the loud noises and frenzy of packing, and keep the door sealed with a Do Not Disturb sign that prevents anyone from suddenly opening the door and disturbing your pet.
Packing for your Cat
- Arrange your packing so your cat is the last thing that gets placed in your vehicle.
- Bring a bag of all the essentials that your cat might need including it’s favorite food, water, toys, blankets, or pillows.
- Don’t let your cat loose in your car because it might give it extreme anxiety.
- Stay in pet friendly hotels or motels along the way.
Once You’re Moved In
- Make sure to leave your cat in a designated room with all food and water essentials as well as comfort objects.
- Make sure the room is clean and has no scents or signs of other animals or pets.
- Make sure that escape routes from the room are blocked in case your cat panics and tries to leave.
- Leave the pet carrier open in the room because it might help the pet stay more comfortable.
- Let the cat out of the room when it seems to have calmed down and relaxed.
- Close all windows and doors in the new location that leads outside to prevent the cat from being able to run away.
- Make sure that your cat has a collar with your cell phone number on it.
- Keep an eye on your cat’s behavior to ensure that it’s not depressed out of your move.
- Once you’re moved in, devote as much time to playing and spending time with your cat as possible.