Cat and moving: how to prepare him well?

A move is always a significant moment in one’s life as well as a major source of stress. For pet owners, and especially for cats, it adds an extra parameter to manage. Indeed, the cat is an animal very attached to its territory which can easily be disturbed by losing its bearings.

Stay calm!

The first advice could be applied in all circumstances in everyday life. Try, throughout your move, to stay calm. This is important for you, but also for the well-being of your cat. Animals are very receptive to emotions and if you are anxious, your little four-legged friend may develop the same symptoms.

The days leading up to your move

You’re in the process of packing, and your home is upside down. Your cat loses his bearings and his stress grows. To help him, we advise you to isolate him in a room, with his litter box, his food, and possibly his toys. By doing so, you will create a secure space where he can find some serenity. Go to see him regularly, reassure him. On the day of the move, lock him in the room to make sure he doesn’t escape during the comings and goings of the move.

How to transport your cat?

The most common way to transport your cat is in a crate. If it has a side entrance, we recommend leaving it in the middle of a room and waiting for your cat to slide in naturally. If your cat is reluctant, you can use a cage with a top opening. This will make it easier for your cat to get in. Consider putting blankets in the cage, especially for a long trip. This will make your cat more comfortable. Finally, don’t forget to provide your cat with fresh water and possibly a small treat.

The first steps in his new territory

Let your cat discover his new environment little by little. This change of territory is likely to disturb him, even though you’ve made all the necessary arrangements. Ideally, you should give your cat a room in your new home, just as you did when you moved in. There too, put its litter box and food. Once you’ve finished setting up, let him out. He will be able to discover his new home, without the tumult of your move.

A few days before you move in, think about plugging in a Feliway diffuser in the main room of your new home. This product releases pheromones that will have the effect of soothing your feline.

The transition from apartment to house requires extra vigilance. If you are moving from an apartment to a house with a garden, be careful that your cat does not wander too far away. Ideally, if you can, don’t let your cat go outside immediately and wait at least 2 weeks so that he/she can get used to his/her new environment. You can use a harness at first, so that he can’t escape your vigilance.