Making the move to a new apartment with your feline
June 18, 2012
Summer is finally here, and for many individuals who live in large cities, this is the time of year when leases are up and they'll be moving into new abodes. As a cat parent, this can be especially difficult on your companion, and having your feline's environment constantly in flux while you're packing can cause unneeded stress. However, there are a few preparations you can make throughout the moving process that can help your furry friend adjust to the changes as they come and be ready to move into your new place.
1. Put out empty boxes early. Picking up an assortment of cardboard boxes will be one of your priorities before moving, but CatChannel.com recommends leaving a few empty ones around your living areas. This will give your cat a chance to explore and play with the boxes and help ease his or her anxiety while furnishings and other items slowly disappear.
2. Stay consistent. While you're going to have to set aside a good amount of time to do your extra packing, don't let it come at the expense of your cat's routine. The news source suggests staying on the same meal, play and grooming times in both your old and new apartment to give your cat the consistency he or she needs.
3. Set up a sanctuary room in the new apartment. When it's finally time to bring your cat across town or to a new state, consider setting aside a space that can be your feline's quiet environment in your next home. Put your cat's favorite cat bed, a few toys and other comforting items in the room to speed the transition to your new apartment and lessen the potential stress your pet will feel.
4. Keep visitors to a minimum. During the first week after the move, your feline will have to get used to many new sounds and scents in his or her environment. Your pet will gradually be able to meet new people, but DWMTech.com suggests giving your cat about a week to settle into a new routine.
If you're in the New York area and are in the process of moving with a feline, consider taking your feline in for a routine checkup at a Bideawee Animal Hospital to ensure that your companion is in tip-top shape for the move.