Posted on: 12 May 2015
Moving can be stressful enough on you, so just imagine how drastically it can affect your cats. By their very nature, cats are territorial animals, so uprooting them and introducing them to a brand new space is never easy. However, there are a few steps you can take to help make the transition a little easier on your indoor feline friends.
DO Pack Kitty Toys Last
Cats use their scent as a territorial marker, so keeping some toys and other items around that have your cat's scent on them can help ease their transition into the new space. Try to hold off on packing up your cats' favorite toys until immediately before the move; the same goes with any cat beds, blankets, or other items your cats spend a lot of time on or around. Then, when you do move your cats into the new space, make sure those items are made readily available to your cats, which will help them feel at home more quickly.
DO Move Cats in Last
Always wait until all of your personal belongings have been moved into your home before you introduce your cats to the space. There are several reason as to why this is important. For starters, you don't want your cats in the home while your moving company (such as E-Z Moving & Storage) is walking in and out with large furniture and boxes, as this could prevent an escape opportunity for your stressed out kitties. Furthermore, by waiting until all your furniture is in place and boxes are moved in, you can avoid further stressing your cats out by having furniture being moved around them, so they'll be more easily acquainted.
DON'T Disrupt Routines
Finally, try to stick to your cats' routines as much as possible. For instance, if you feed your cats around the same time every day, try to continue doing that once you get moved into the new place. Believe it or not, cats rely heavily on routines to maintain a sense of normalcy in their lives. Even a change in a routine that seems minuscule to you could be extremely stressful to your cat. If possible, keep your cats' litter box in a similar location as it was in the old home.
As you can see, there's a lot you can do to help your indoor cat or cats become better acquainted to your new home in practically no time at all.Share