Moving house with a cat
At the beginning of February 2021, I was delighted to finally get onto the housing ladder; and buy my first home; however moving house with my four fabulous felines has required a lot of planning, and thought; to make it as stress free an experience as possible! Here’s my guide!
- Book a Mousers Toolkit consultation. When you first move house, cats who are used to going outside will need to temporarily become house cats for a few weeks to ensure they’re settled in; and adjusted to their new territory. It’s important to understand that they’ll miss the outside world and will need plenty of personalised and fun distractions to make their new home fun; but not too overwhelming! Mouser’s toolkit cat behaviour consultations can be designed around any of your cat questions; and help you bring the outdoors in!
- Get advice from your vet. If you are at all worried about how one or more of your cats will cope with the move; speak to your vet for advice. Don’t forget to update your address details, phone number and other contact details with your vet, pet insurance company and microchip register.
- Pheromone diffusers! Buy plenty of pheromone diffusers for your new home. Plug them in everywhere to help your cats feel safe and secure.
- Toys, toys, toys! Make sure your cats favourite toys are easily available for you to access in your packing when you arrive at your new home.
- Give your cat a safe space! Have a quiet room with a door that shuts and is easily securable prepared for your cat or cats when you arrive at your new home! Then the removals people can bring boxes and furniture in without fear of your beloved cats escaping. As an alternative, consider putting your cats into a cattery for a few days to reduce the stress further. This may be better if you have a particularly nervous cat.
- Lots of litter boxes! Provide plenty of litter boxes in a new home - ideally 1 per cat plus 1 extra, at least initially whilst they settle into their home.
- Space and time. Let your cat explore their new home at his, or her own pace. Provide plenty of reassurance, and before long your cat will have found many exciting new spots to do all their favourite activities.