It can be a stressful time to move houses and often it gets even harder when you are concerned for the well-being of your cat. There are many things that you can do for minimizing the anxieties that is experienced by your feline, which will lessen the risks of cat loss when he first explores the outdoors in your new home.
Before the Move
Make sure your cat has an ID tag or a collar that has an updated address. Have a clear picture of your cat that is up to date so that you won’t have a hard time searching for your cat around your new neighbourhood if necessary. If your feline is unused to riding with you in a vehicle and you happen to be going on a long journey, it is a good idea to do some short trips a few weeks before the move. This way your cat will slowly become accustomed to riding in a moving vehicle. Make sure that all your pet feline’s vaccines are updated. Acquiring pills that are anti-sickness if you think your pet will go through travel sickness is also a good idea. In addition, ask a vet for a referral in the area you are moving to so that you can make a smooth transition.
On the Day Itself
When you take your cat with you on the day itself, this will require some planning. If your cat has never been boarded in a cattery in the past, taking him with you is the obvious option. In the course of moving to the new home, make sure you stop now and then to let your cat drink water so that he does not become dehydrated. In warm weather, never leave your cat alone in the car. If this is impossible, let air circulate by opening windows and make sure there is available fresh water. There are pheromones sprays available for cats that will help keep your cat calm while you travel. Put some newspaper or plastic beneath blankets in a carrier if you happen to be using one.
In The New House
If your cat does not seem to be willing to get out of the carrier, do not force him. Allocate a quiet room for your cat to relax in once you have moved. Ensure familiar belongings such as toys and beddings are near your pet cat. Before the move, do not wash the bedding so that there are familiar smells that will help relax your cat. It can take a couple of weeks for your cat to get used to the new house, but rest assured, there will come a time where he will finally feel at home.
Mark Perry is a dedicated veterinarian for Canada Vet with over 20 years experience. A farm boy born and breed, Dr Perry loves all animals but he has a special place in his heart for working animals, particularly working dogs and horses.