Even if you love your cat to death, you must admit that it is a very poor travel companion. Cats grow very used to their home and exhibit very avid dislike towards any attempt to change their environment. That is why you can imagine moving homes for them is an even more stressful endeavour than it is for you.
But thankfully, there are some ways to make this easier for yourself and your pet cat.
Practical tips that can get you and the cat through the move with as little stress as possible:
Get your pet familiar with the travel carrier
If your cat has never been in a travel carrier or even seen one, chances are they will not be very comfortable with it. To ease the situation, you should get one and set it out a few weeks in advance. The goal is to have your cat used to its presence and even make it a preferable retreat for them with toys, towels and treats. Don’t lock them inside it, but rather let them explore it and get used to it.
Reduce their stress during the move
Sometimes, things get too hectic and so you should do your best to keep the pet calm. Some products can help you out with it, like pheromone-based sprays that can ease the nerves of your cat, without causing them to freak out by the hustle and bustle of the move.
Pick a safe room
When moving is underway, you wouldn’t want your cat to dash through an open door, once all of the unloadings of furniture starts. Establish a safe room, such as the bedroom or bathroom. Add the litter box and food/water bowls there, along with the carrier. Close the door and be careful when you go in and out of the room.
Be careful when moving by car
You should not feed your cat a very big meal before the trip, because the extra stress and movement can make them feel nauseous. Make sure the cat carrier is tightly secured and get a disposable litter box if you expect a long journey.
Be patient with them
Even an otherwise calm cat can be very vocal when they are faced with all of the extra commotions of moving. Most cats will usually exhibit some symptoms of nervousness, such as being very uneasy and/or meowing repeatedly. You have to be patient and understanding about it. When such symptoms begin, wait them out. There is hardly anything you can do about it anyway: you cannot just tell your cat to stop meowing. You should try to comfort the cat as best as you can and be there for it if the going gets tough.
Introduce the cat in your new home
When you arrive, things will likely get pretty hectic. Furniture and boxes will be unpacked, leading to quite a lot of chaos around. That is why you should put your cat in an enclosed room, keep them there while things settle and only then let them out and explore the new place on their terms. This is a process that will take several days so you have to be prepared and allow your pet more time to get used.
Moving with a pet cat can be quite a challenge but you should always be mindful of how to make it less stressful. Thankfully, all of the aforementioned tips work well, so you should see to their implementation in the moving process.