Are you getting ready to move? This promises busy days: boxes to pack, future layouts to prepare, logistics to think about… And in the middle of it all, there’s kitty! Cats are very routine animals, for whom moving is often a source of stress. Here are some tips to make moving from one house to another go as smoothly as possible for your cat and for you.
A move often goes hand in hand with a lot of turmoil. For this period to be the least traumatic possible for kitty, prepare it gradually. If you can, first leave a few empty boxes in the rooms for a few weeks before starting the storage stage. Thus, your feline will be able to adapt to their presence and make it a new territory of exploration.
During the period of preparation for the move, also make sure to preserve your cat’s routine: meal times, moments of play… Minou will be able to cling to these landmarks which will reassure him. Finally, you can plan to entrust your feline to relatives or a cattery during the high points of the move. This is the ideal solution, especially if your cat is naturally very anxious or if you plan to do some work after moving in. Unfortunately, this is not always possible. In this case, follow our advice for the second step.
On the very day of the move, there will surely be a lot of people, a lot of noise and moving around, which are all sources of stress for your cat. To avoid him as much disturbance as possible, lock him in a quiet room before the start of operations. Leave with him his litter, food and water.
When they arrive, you will have to warn the people who are helping you to move not to enter the room where your feline is. For added security, you can place a small sign on the door. Move out all the other rooms, with the one where your cat is (if it hasn’t already been emptied) being the one to be taken care of last. Once calm has returned, all you have to do is take your cat to its new home: find advice for this step in our article “How to travel zen with your cat?” “.
If you arrive in a large house, it is advisable to first leave your cat locked in a single room with its belongings (litter, bowl, etc.). He will thus be able to adapt calmly to the noises and smells of his new environment. After a few days (watch your cat to see if he is ready), you can let him explore the other rooms little by little.
In order to help kitty feel at home and be soothed more quickly, you can impregnate his new territory with facial pheromones. You can use a synthetic pheromone diffuser or spray, or just gently rub a cloth or sock around your cat’s head. Then pass this fabric over the furniture and the edges of the house (doors, walls) at the height of your cat.
Our last tip: don’t let your cat go outside right away. Allow a minimum of two weeks to pass during which you will ensure that the doors and windows remain firmly closed to prevent kitty from escaping. Then, when you feel he is ready, you can let him out to explore the surroundings. The first few times, choose times before his meal (so that hunger brings him in) and keep an eye on him.