Moving between houses can be stressful enough for us humans, can you imagine what it would be like for a cat? Due to the fact that cats bond with their territory, a sudden change to this can lead to them becoming unsettled. It is crucial that you take steps to ensure that this change is as stress-free as possible for your pets.
In this blog post, we have put together some tips to ensure your house move runs smoothly for everyone. Allowing your furry friend to adjust to the new environment as quickly and safely as possible.
Start Preparing Long Before Move Day
If possible, we recommend that you take your cat to the house before the day of the move. This gives them the opportunity to adjust to the new space, allowing associate this new house with exciting smells and places to hide. We understand that this may not be possible for everyone, but if you get the opportunity this small task can make all the difference.
Complete Lockdown The Night Before
Many of us cat owners love our pets to get out and enjoy their local community, I believe this is absolutely great for their health. Problems lie when you need to pin them down for the day of the move. If your cat comes home every night to sleep, make sure you properly lock up the house. The last thing you want is the cat going out for a stroll on this all-important morning.
Make Your Pets The Number One Priority
When the day of the move finally rolls around please focus on looking after your pets and not the possessions within the house. Hiring a removal company will ensure that all of the possessions are taken care of properly, therefore freeing you up to focus on the wellbeing of your cat. Travelling separate with you cat is great and can help them feel more comfortable during this stage of the move.
Time To Settle In
We are now in the new home and its time to start settling in. Both you and your cat have earnt some time to relax. Go perch yourself on the sofa and watch a nice film. Its the start of a new chapter of your life and it’s the same for the cat, spending some quality time together can be a great way to help your cat settle after this stressful day.
Bring The Cat’s Favourite Toys With You
Every cat has their own idea of fun, for some, this could be chasing a laser and for others, it might mean chewing up a little furry toy. These sort of activities will help prompt you cat into feeling more at home and comfortable in the surroundings, especially if you have a big cat tree for them to play with.
Scent Is Everything for Cats
Have you ever noticed your cat rubbing its head on the corner of the sofa or on your clothes, well this is there a way of spreading scent! Bringing some old pieces of furniture from your old house into the new can be a great way to spread the scent of the cat in your new house. Creating a smell that they are countable will be the best way to help them feel comfortable.
Allow Them To Explore The Local Community
After a good two weeks of keeping them inside, its time to let them out and about. A good way to help ease them into the real world is spreading some small bits of used litter into the corners of your garden, again this helps to spread the scent and make them feel comfortable.