Moving house is supposed to be an exciting prospect, however, when you are faced with moving cats to a new home it can almost become stressful.
Here at AVM Storage and Shipping, we offer specialist removals and pride ourselves on offering a fast, efficient and friendly service so that you can focus on the important things at hand. So, no matter where you’re looking to move, make sure to get in touch with our team of experts today on 0800 833 932 who’ll be more than happy to give you all of the advice you need.
What Preparation is Needed when Moving Cats to a New Home
Of course, when moving home, all you want to do is ensure that the whole process is as stress-free as possible, not only for yourself but also for your cat. Cats are very territorial animals, who love spending their days in familiar environments and therefore, can be very resistant to changes in routine!
When preparing to move your cats to a new home, the process will begin long before the removals van arrives at your door. Doing this can make everything a whole lot easier, as whilst your cat is in their normal environment they’ll likely be more curious as opposed to feeling stressed.
Taking these steps early will ensure that your cat is comfortable with all of the steps involved with the process of moving and when moving day rolls around, everything will go smoothly.
Make Sure Your Cat is Comfortable in a Carrier
At the end of the day, a comfy cat is a happy cat! Therefore, it’s important to ensure that your cat is comfortable in a carrier, especially as it is very likely going to spend most of your moving day there.
If you’ve been a cat owner for long, you’ve likely experienced how your cat reacts to the dreaded cat carrier on vet visits and understand how much your furry friend dislikes it. It’s important to ease this dislike long before the big day.
A great way to do this is by leaving the carrier open in a room your cat frequently visits, to make sure that they have a chance to explore it in their own time. Perhaps put their favourite toy in there at the back to encourage them to go inside, or maybe put some treats in there. If you find that your cat is very reluctant to go inside, start putting their food in there so that they have to go in to eat.
Keep Up Your Cat’s Routine
When moving cats to a new home, it’s important that you make sure that their usual routines are kept up. That includes meals, playing and some cuddles!
A new home can seem very stressful to your cat as it is such a rapid change of environment and routine, and whilst you can’t change the former, you can take steps to maintain the latter. Make sure to maintain your routine throughout the move, including on moving day itself.
Get an Expert’s Advice
Some cats are much more anxious than others. If your cat is prone to stress, make sure to talk to your vet long before moving day for the best way to keep your cat safe and secure. This may include anti-anxiety medications, calming aids and behavioural tips, which can all go a long way towards helping your furry friend to feel at ease.
Once moving day arrives, it’s important to make sure that your cat is safe and secure at all times. All it takes is some kindness and attention to make the whole process much easier.
One of the most important things to remember on moving day is to keep your cat contained. You and the rest of the moving team will likely be opening and closing your front door frequently and the very last thing you want is your cat bolting out.
Whilst you are loading the truck, empty out one room completely and leave your cat in there with food, water and toys along with their bed and litter box. Whilst your cat may not appreciate being shut in, at least they will be safe and comfortable in a familiar space.
When you arrive at your new home, only open the carrier to let your cat out when they are in a room with a closed door. Repeat what you did in your old home and make sure they have the same familiar food, water, toys, bed and litter box so they have comforting scents around them.
The Final Steps of Moving Cats to a New Home
Now the move is finally over, it’s important to help your cat ease into the new house as seamlessly as possible.
Follow your cat’s lead and make sure everything is more gradual if they are stressed. Sometimes, it can simply be too much to have free reign over the whole house straight away! Make sure to spend time with your cat, interact with them lots and do other normal activities with them.
Moving cats to a new home is by no means easy, and the most important thing is to ensure that they are calm and comfortable throughout. Here at AVM Storage and Shipping, we’ll be more than happy to cater to all of your removal needs, whatever your requirements. Therefore, you’ll be able to divert all of your attention to your furry friend and make sure that they are completely comfortable. To chat with our removals experts, call us today on 0800 833 932.