Moving Home With Your Cat
Moving home is stressful for people and pets alike. Cats depend on familiar smells, sounds and surroundings to feel relaxed and secure, so careful planning is needed to help them integrate into their new surroundings.
- You may wish to book your cat into a cattery for a few days whilst you move so that there is no worry about escaping. Remember to make sure his/her vaccinations are up to date before you book them in!
- If you wish to take your cat with you as you move, put your cat in a small room in the new house where they can be shut in safely whilst your belongings are moved. This allows your cat to be left quietly and to become accustomed to the smell of the new house. Putting his/her bed, blanket, toys, litter tray, food and water in the room will increase their feeling of security.
- Consider the use of a facial pheromone diffuser (eg Feliway) plugged into the new room or a Feliway spray. These mimic the cat's own scent rubbing and make them feel more secure.
- Restrict your cat to one room for a few days as having access to the whole of a new house can be quite overwhelming. Keep all their familiar objects with them. Gradually allow them access to different parts of the new house.
- Make sure your cat is fully relaxed INSIDE the new house before allowing him/her to go outside (usually at least 3-4 weeks). The commonest reason for cats to go missing is that they are allowed out too soon and often try to find their way back to their old house.
- Make sure your cat is microchipped (don't forget to register the address of the new house with the microchip database).
- When you do let your cat out, do it when they are hungry so that you can tempt him/her back in with food. Leave the door open so that they can get back in quickly if they panic! and initially only allow them out for supervised short periods.
Hopefully if you follow this advice you should have a very happy settled cat!