Moving to a new home can be challenging for your favorite feline, as cats typically prefer stability and familiarity in their environment. Cats who face anxiety during a residential move may exhibit undesirable behaviors. However, there are several strategies that you can implement to help your feline friend adjust to his new surroundings more smoothly. Here are some helpful suggestions to consider as you prepare for your upcoming move.

Readying Your Kitty for the Relo

One effective way to help your cat adjust to the upcoming move is to prepare him in advance. Start by bringing moving cartons into your home several days or weeks before packing. This will allow your cat to familiarize himself with the new items, explore them, and gradually acclimate to the changes.

Additionally, introduce the cat carrier to your cat by placing it in a room with some treats and cozy blankets inside to entice your furry friend to investigate. Let your cat have unrestricted access to the carrier until moving day.

When the moving day arrives, secure your cat safely inside the carrier. Avoid opening the carrier to comfort your cat during the journey until you reach your new destination.

Ensuring your cat’s collar tags are up-to-date and adequately fitted is also crucial. Consider updating your cat’s vital microchip information before the move to increase the likelihood of reuniting with your beloved pet if they escape during the move.

While packing, confine your cat to a quiet and secluded room. Make sure to include his favorite toys, scratching posts, and other familiar items in the space. Place the food and water in one designated spot and keep the litter box separate.

Creating a Safe Environment 

Adjusting to a new environment can be a gradual process for cats. Set up a designated “safe” room for your cat in the new home, with essential amenities such as water, food, a litter box, and toys. You can also include an item of your clothing that carries your scent to provide comfort and familiarity to your cat. Add blankets and toys that have a familiar scent as well.

When you release your cat from the carrier, allow him to explore the new room at his own pace. Stay close by to offer support as he familiarizes himself with the surroundings. Your cat may stay in this safe room until he feels comfortable venturing into the rest of the house, which can take a few days to several weeks, depending on the cat’s temperament.

Reducing Anxiety

For generally anxious adult cats, you may want to consult with your veterinarian about potential calming aids. Products like sprays, diffusers, and plug-ins containing pheromones could help soothe your cat during the transition period. Your veterinarian can provide specific recommendations tailored to your cat’s needs.

Practicing Patience

Being patient and understanding with your cat as he adjusts to the changes is essential. Some cats may exhibit behaviors such as acting out, hiding, or refusing to eat in response to the upheaval of a move. To help your cat associate positive emotions with the new house, you can reward him more frequently with treats and engage in playtime. Check with your veterinarian if your cat’s anxiety or challenging behavior persists beyond three weeks post-move.

Seeking Moving Assistance

Feel free to contact us if you require assistance with your upcoming move. We offer various services to help with every aspect of moving, from packing to transportation to unpacking. Contact us today for a free quote.