Moving home with a cat

by Housesimple on 10th October 2016

Moving with a cat shouldn't make you feel any more stressed than you already are, although you will need to think about your four-legged friend during the move. They're very territorial but – unfortunately for cats – moving is a fact of life.

This guide should help you to make things easier for your little buddy on the big day.

Create a safe space

Your cat needs somewhere to hide while all the moving takes place. A week before the move, put all of their things in one room. Feed them in this space too so they're comfortable and feel that it's theirs. On moving day, lock them in their room while the rest of your furniture is being taken away. This room should be emptied last and set up in the new house first, so it feels familiar. Lock your cat in there while the rest of the boxes and furniture are brought inside. Once everything's in its place, you can open the door and let them start investigating.

Let them get used to their new home

It's best not to let your outdoor cats start exploring the neighbourhood right away. If you're wondering how long to keep a cat in when you move, the answer is around two weeks. This gives them time to get used to their new territory and build up a bond with it. Once your cat is ready to go outside, make sure they have a collar with their name, address and phone number on it in case they lose their way. It's also a good idea to get your pet micro-chipped if they're not already.

Keep them calm

Animals respond to human feelings, so try to relax as much as possible during the move. If you're feeling stressed or anxious, it's likely that your cat will too. Feliway diffusers have special hormones in them that help cats to relax, so popping one in the living room can help them to calm down. Anxious pets should be kept away from kitchens, bathrooms and cupboards during the first couple of weeks as they might sneak into a small space to hide and become trapped.

If you haven't sold your home yet, read our guide to selling your house online for more advice.

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