Handy tips to make moving with your feline a breeze
July 18, 2012
The summer months are a time of year when many apartment dwellers will be relocating to new buildings or new cities altogether. As a cat parent, this can cause all sorts of problems that may seem frightening or confusing to your furry friend. With your home filled with boxes and items slowly disappearing, your cat may not be able to adjust to the transition. According to CatChannel.com, there are a few tips you should keep in mind before making the move to help your companion hit the ground running in his or her new place.
1. Make preliminary preparations. Consider visiting your vet's office or a Bideawee Animal Hospital if you're in the New York area. This will give you a chance to get a copy of your pet's health information to give to landlords, as well as ensure that your feline is able to handle the stress of moving. This is also a good time to ask your vet about recommendations for cat boarding or sitters when your moving day finally rolls around.
2. Prepare a cat room. According to Our-Happy-Cat.com, one of the most important steps you should take before moving into a new place is to prepare a cat-safe area. This will be a quiet retreat for your feline to use while he or she adjusts to your new home. Put some of your cat's favorite items like bedding, toys, a litter box and other interactive items that your feline will recognize. It may be a while before your cat starts to explore your new location, so give him or her all the time needed to make the adjustment.
3. Moving day. On the day of the move, feed your cat a small meal and let him or her be the last thing you place into the car. Put down a small blanket on the bottom of the carrier to improve your feline's comfort level, and keep a supply of water handy. When you reach your new home, put your cat into the prepared room and try to keep the house as quiet as possible.
Putting your cat's well-being at the forefront of your moving plans is one of the best ways to speed the transition to your new home and make the process far less stressful on your companion.