If you’re moving day is looming and you have a cat (or three), the chances are they’ve already let you know how upset they are by all the upheaval! You might have had a tantrum or two, cats that won’t come back in the house when they’re called and in more serious cases, your pet has gone on hunger strike!
Believe it or not, these are all perfectly normal reactions from your pet when you’re moving home although a loss of appetite should be something you have a vet take a look at. What I’m trying to point out is that whilst we humans can verbally communicate all the stresses we feel when moving home, your cat can’t. This is why you will see strange behaviour you’re not used to. However, all is not lost because once they’re settled into your new home it will be like nothing ever happened!
On The Day
When the big day arrives, your cat should be the first priority. Make sure you have a secure basket that is big enough (especially if you’re going on a long journey). You should also make sure the cage contains a nice blanket that smells familiar to your pet, and it should have compartments for food and water.
Water may pose a problem for you because after all, it’s a liquid and this can splash about. For short journeys, you probably won’t need to worry about this too much as long as you have some waiting in your new home. For longer journeys consider popping a large piece of ice into the water compartment instead.
When You Arrive
There will be a lot of hustle and bustle going on when you arrive at your new destination, and the main thing you need to consider (wherever possible) is that your pet has somewhere quiet to “mull” over their current situation.
If you can, set aside a room that can be closed off (preferably upstairs) and place all your cat’s favourite things inside. They will need food, water a litter tray and a comfortable bed to sleep on. You may also want to consider making sure there is furniture already in this room so your pet can hide (don’t worry, this shouldn’t last long). Last of all make sure their favourite toys are around.
To stop people from accidentally opening the door to this room, put a sign up outside that clearly states there is a VERY grumpy cat beyond the door that needs some peace and quiet.
If you’re not moving too far away, you could ask a family member, friend or trusted neighbour to take care of your pet until all the disruption is done with. The other option you have is to put your pet into a cattery for a short time.
If you’ve just found out that your move is an “all systems go” and want some advice on how to deal with everything in the beginning, take a look at http://removalstoeurope.blogspot.com.es/2014/02/moving-with-your-cat-heres-what-to-do.html for some handy tips.
Author: Julie Coburn