Moving Your Cats: Protecting Your Felines During Relocation
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Of all pets, cats are the type that really like the routine of day to day life. Though they might seem lazy at times, they really are just comfortable with knowing their surroundings and their lives. From where their food is kept and when it’s refilled, to where the litter pan is kept, your cats are happiest when things are calm, quiet, and the same from one day to the next. When you’re moving, however, things tend to get a bit crazy, and this can create havoc with the schedule and life of your beloved pets. Some people think it’s better to find their cats a new home at this point, but the reality is that moving doesn’t have to be impossible for your pet. Consider the following advice and see about moving your cats with you to your new home without so much stress on anyone.
One of the most important parts of moving includes planning for the various things that you’ll have to take care of along the way. When you have pets such as cats, then you’ll have to plan for them as well. It might seem like they will be out of the way for most of the move, but once the changes start happening, you’ll be surprised at how uncomfortable they can become. Furthermore, you can’t simply let your cat ride in your lap to your new home, especially if you aren’t driving there. As such, make sure that you plan ahead for the following:
- Figure out how you will be transporting your cat to your new home. If by plane, or if you don’t already have a carrier for your car, be sure to look into the right carrier and any other requirements you may need to meet.
- Visit the vet and get a copy of all medical records for your pet. If they are in need of any shots that are required for transport or in your new neighborhood, go ahead and get them out of the way.
- Consider sedation for pets that have a very hard time with travel. You will need a vet’s prescription for this and you’ll need a note to give to any airlines you plan on having transport your pet.
- If you don’t want to transport your pet on your own, consider hiring a specialty pet moving company. Get quotes ahead of time and find one that you are happy with well before moving day.
The Packing Process
Of course one of the most difficult aspects of a move for any pet is the packing process. This process can last weeks and can take their normal environment and turn it upside down. Things begin to change dramatically around them when owners begin packing, which is why certain steps should be taken to help your pets realize that not everything is changing.
- Keep food dishes and litter trays in the same place that they have always been. This will serve as an anchor for your pets and help them realize that not everything is changing.
- Be careful with open boxes. Cats love boxes, so don’t seal anything up unless you are careful to check it first. This is especially true for households with animals who like to hide when stressed.
- Don’t leave anything out that might be damaged by an animal who is acting out. Cats under stress can digress in behaviors such as litter training. Avoid problems by keeping things put away and not left out overnight or when you aren’t around.
- Set time aside to spend with your animals. They need to know that you still care and even a few minutes alone with your cat will help them feel more stable and less stress throughout the packing process.
Moving day is going to be chaotic for you and your pet, which is why you’ll need to take some special precautions to avoid trouble on this day. Regardless of whether you’ve hired a moving company to handle the move for you, or if you’ve opted for a more ‘do it yourself’ route, be sure to take care of your cat before the moving activities begin.
- Clear out an entire room to start with and put your cat, food and water, a carrier, and any toys your pet loves in the room with them.
- Place a note on the door and lock the door so that no one opens the door or bothers the room while the move is going on. This will prevent your cat from getting out when the main door of the home is being opened and closed throughout the loading process. It also keeps people from being bitten or scratched, which especially important when you’ve hired movers.
- Consider using a room that will be as far as possible from the main action so that your cat isn’t stressed by lots of noise.
- Keep the crate open so that your pet can get used to it.
Making it through your move with your cat isn’t difficult if you take these things into account and plan for the difficulties that you might face. While you will have to put some time and effort into it, your pet is well worth it. Now, moving with your entire family intact doesn’t have to be the nightmare that you originally imagined.
Missie Morrison, the author of this article, prides herself on helping consumers save time and money on moving each day. Visit her website to get a free moving estimate and lots of helpful moving information before you start the moving process.