You know how moving can be stressful to humans that’s why you have plans in place to help you and your kids cope with the change. In the midst of the commotion and rattling loose stuff inside heaps of boxes, don’t forget the stress level of your pet cat. This is a stressful moment for Sylvester, too, so be sure to help your pet cat cope with moving to a new, unfamiliar territory. Mind you that pet cats are a bit of challenge to acclimatize to a new home than dogs, so be sure you’re ready.See also:
Hours before Moving
You cannot tell your cat you’re moving. However, cats can sense the break from the normal routine, and the presence of men in uniform jumpsuit or the pile of boxes in the hall shall confirm their suspicion of something’s up. The unusual sights and sounds typical when you’re planning to move can be frightening to a cat. And if something’s not up to the taste of your cat, expect it to disappear from your sight to retreat to its favorite hiding place.
So if you don’t want to organize a search team to look for Sylvester hours before leaving, help your pet cat cope with moving by placing him in a quiet room or in a crate while you execute the move.
What to Pack for Your Pet Cat
Although your pet cat can’t help you pack, be caring enough to pack few stuffs for your cat too. In fact, it’s necessary to bring something that belongs to your cat to your new place like its blanket or its curler. Don’t wash your cat’s personal belongings days before moving so that it’ll have something familiar to its sniffers in your new home. There’s a reason cats mark their territory with their scent, and your pet cat would appreciate it if he has something familiar to sniff around his new home.
Other old cat essentials that you should also bring are the following:
– Cat food and water bowl
– Kitty litter box
Moving Your Pet Cat
Cats in general don’t like to move to an unfamiliar place. You’re lucky if you have a cat that’s used to travelling; it’s very easy to coax it to go into the car or to its carrier. But if the furthest your cat had gone before was to the neighbor and back, it could be extra challenging. For unruly cats, you might have to visit your vet days before you leave to ask for prescription cat valium. If the travel is long distance that you need some stopover along the way, help your pet cat cope with moving by crate training it a couple of weeks before you move. It’s even more advantageous if you can train Sylvester to use a leash. Don’t forget to pack enough sustenance for him too.
Acclimatize Your Pet Cat to Its New Home
Helping your pet cat cope with moving doesn’t end when you manage to get your cat into your car. Half of the work is when you reach your new home, which is a strange territory to your pet cat. This is when you can use your cat’s personal stuff that you packed with you. Before letting your cat out of the crate, set-up you cat’s curler and toys in the most undisturbed room in your new house first. Take your cat in the crate inside your new house and place it near its curler, preferably under your bed or even in the closet if it’s big enough. Let your cat out of the crate after 30 minutes or so to allow it to check the new place. But be sure that the windows and the doors are shut – frighten cats can run away in wayward direction. You don’t want to knock on your new neighbors’ doors to ask if your cat paid them a visit ahead of you.
Introduce Sylvester outside for the First Time
The final stretch of helping your pet cat cope with moving is introducing it to its new surroundings. After a couple of days of locking Sylvester in your house, he’s ready to be introduced outside for the first time. Take your cat out in a crate and place the crate on the lawn gently opening the door. Allow your cat to explore the area by itself for few minutes and then bring it inside. Gradually increase the number of minutes you let your cat out until it’s fully used to its new surroundings.