Top tips for moving your cat

Moving house can be a stressful activity, and not just for humans! 

To try and make the move as stress free as possible, we have teamed up with Pets at Home to provide you with some useful tips and advice that will hopefully keep your cat content while they settle into their new home.

Take a look at our video below. 

Tip One

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Moving to a new home can be a frightening experience for any pet.

As cats are timid animals, the huge change of moving can be very scary for them, and it can take a while for them to adjust to their new surroundings as there is a variety of new smells and sounds for them to get used to.

To start, we'd recommend creating some comfortable and familiar surroundings for your cat to make the moving process easier.

This will cut down the stress for your cat and hopefully make settling into their new home much easier.

A couple of tips on how to do this are:

  • Make sure your cats belongings are easily accessible when you are moving to the new home. This means you can immediately put them at ease and surround them with all their favourite toys and goodies as soon as they step in the door.
  • Often homeowners like to start afresh and buy new equipment such as food bowls and toys, but after a restless journey to your new home, your cat will appreciate the the comfort and familiarity of its own things. Having them around will make the moving process easier and help them to settle in to their new surroundings!
  • Try to introduce your cat to its new home gradually by keeping it in one or two rooms at first. This will mean they won't feel overwhelmed by everything, and it will give them time to get used to their new surroundings.
  • You should try and make sure you keep calm whilst you are around your cat in your new home as they will be able to sense if you are feeling anxious or nervous.

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Tip Two

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Even though your cat is in a new environment and is likely to want to explore, it is not the best thing to let them do straight away. 

For at least 2 weeks it's important that your keep your cat inside the house even if you think they have settled in. This time allows your cat to bond with its new home and learn the layout.

Try to play with your cat and give it lots of attention to make sure they don't get bored during this two week period.

Once the two week period has come to an end then you are able to let your cat venture outside. When it is quiet, go outside with your cat and let them explore the surroundings a little.

If you cat is timid then it may take a longer for them to become used to the new area but if you accompany them outside as much as possible at the start then they should start to become more confident.

Always ensure that your cat has a form of up to date identification on them, whether this be an ID tag or chip.


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Tip Three

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Our pets can get stressed just like we can.

Big changes such as moving to a new home can cause unwanted behaviours in our cat due to the stress that they encounter.

There are many options to try and treat a stressed cat but many owners would rather not use drugs.

An alternative is to used pheremones based products.

Cat pheromone products are said to mimic natural cat pheromones and come in various forms, including sprays, plug-in diffusers, wipes, and collars.

They help to calm your cat when they inhale them. A good tip is to spray the pheremones inside your cats carrier before you transport them to the new home. This should keep them calm and minimise the stress of the move.

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