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Tips on moving with your cat

It goes without saying that moving is among the most stressful experiences in most people’s lives. No-one actually likes it, nor can you ever plan properly for it. But moving can be much more stressful for your pets, especially if we’re talking about cats. They are very territorial animals and when they get used to their surroundings and claim them, they form quite a bond. Considering this we probably can’t even imagine what it’s like for them, as they’re suddenly pulled away from their old home and thrown into a weird, new environment. Read on to find out how much of an impact relocation can have on your cat and how to handle it properly.

Stay positive during the move

         Yes, you’re here to find out how to handle your cat’s stress during the move, but the way you handle it can has a great effect on your cat. Your pet will sense that you are stressed, so try and stay cool. At least as far as your furry friend is concerned, you should do your usual ‘routines’ during the move, from petting to playing with their favorite toys.

Prepare your cat for the future

As we’ve mentioned before, most pets don’t like a change of scenery, cats probably more than others. So a big part of a stress-free move for your cat is going to be a preparation for what’s going to happen. Start packing a bit earlier and see how your cat reacts to all the mess of the move and all the moving boxes that will be around. The main aim is for your pet to get accustomed to the new situation.

Make pet carrier rides a habit

If your cat is not used to being in a pet carrier for long periods of time, you should try and change that. Depending on how far you’ll be moving, your cat might spend quite some time in a pet carrier which is why you should make it a ‘safe space’. You can do this by feeding it closer to the carrier. When you’re at a point where your cat is snacking comfortably in the carrier, you can try taking it for a small car ride around the neighborhood, so it can get used to getting a trip in the pet carrier.

The moving day

If your cat is prone to stress and still isn’t familiar with all the moving supplies and changes that are going on, it’s advisable to lock it in one room. This is advisable in order to make the move go as smoothly as possible. You can put the carrier, the cat bed and the food in that room.

Help your cat adjust

Once you’ve moved, your cat will be much more overwhelmed by your new home, and depending on what its personality is like, it may react differently. You can probably judge for yourself if your cat will enjoy exploring the new environment, or if it’ll prefer getting used to it slowly.
Hopefully, these tips on moving with your cat will prove useful in making the relocation as stress-free as possible for your furry friend. Don’t forget that when it comes to your moving stress, Cross Country Movers has got you covered, if you decide to hire professionals.

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Tips on moving with your cat

Stay positive during the move
Prepare your cat for the future
Make pet carrier rides a habit
The moving day
Help your cat adjust
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