Are cat’s really big fans of home relocating? Be aware, they are not!
Cats are well known territorial animals, they are very jealous and proud of their spaces and it happens, if too old, that moving house with your cat can be an anxious experience for the pet!
As Nobile creature in most culture, and also well represented Graphically in many ancient art representations worldwide, cats has been important also for the Celtic symbolic character, where cats represent the guardians of the Otherworld.
Take care of your “Guardian” while you moving the house!
Moving with cats can be stressful because they like to stay where they’re already comfortable in. They know all the spots of their home and they are already established settled in. In the fast UK property market, unfortunately, for our loved felines, landlords with cats must move on to a new location sometimes even often. Moving with your cat can seem easy but require extra attention and extra care for your loved guardian.
To help you make your cats happier during all the process, we have created these simple tips list to avoid what are the usual symptoms the cats may have such as House soiling, increasing meowing, deep hiding, crying, escape attempts or aggressive attitudes, but also to help you organize in a better way your house while moving with your cat.
Moving home with cats stress-free involves 4 main aspects:
- – Planning in advance the moving day
- – Settling your cat into the new property.
- – Letting your cat outside, but slowly
- – Prevent its way back to the old property
Planning your Moving day
It is necessary!
Before moving with your cat to a new place, planning everything in advance will help you drastically keep the cat quiet and not over-exciting him too much.
Unfortunately, Moving with cats requires most case the use of a cat carrier. Usually, the cat carriers are not well seen between cats…so to make the cats more comfortable we suggest to start teaching your cats, slowly, how to get used to its small cage, probably he will have to stay in the carrier the time necessary to reach the new home, or during particular moving operations. As you can imagine it takes time and starting doing it in time will allow you to give the right time to your cat to metabolize this necessary and quite uncomfortable change. On the day of the move, shut your cat or cats into one room that has been cleared up properly, leaving food, bedding, a small litter tray, and one piece of furniture in / under which he/she can hide and the travel box wide open, sometimes are too small for long journey. Make sure that your removal team knows which is the cats room, the room must be kept shut all the time to avoid him/her going missing or lost at the last moment.
Settling your cat into the new property
It is always better having access to the new property before the removal team arrives, it would be nice if you can plug in a Feliway diffuser, and it will make your cat feel more comfortable during the process.
Setting up the new home room by room will help your cats get used to it slowly. So start with one room, Here the cat can be settled in and he can rest and recover from (probably) a long car journey while you can sort out the rest of the new house.
Keep your cat indoors for at least two weeks to get used to the new environment. You should provide little frequent meals. Try always to maintain the same routines used in your previous home to gain again its familiarity easier. We suggest keeping using the synthetic feline facial pheromone diffuser in the room that has been settled first, until the cats are totally calm and quiet. Permanently indoor cats are more sensible to changes; it may take longer to adapt them to the new environment, having familiar furniture around the house will help your cats to feel at home again.
Letting your cat outside, but slowly
It is very important, before letting the cat exploring the new house, control if your cat’s vaccinations are up to date.
After you have kept your cat indoors for at least couple of weeks and double checked the vaccinations, before letting him out you need to check its identification, (it should be a collar with its reference and address, the phone number to avoid getting caught up.
You can also ask your vet a more innovative solution: the microchip! With the chip installed, your cat will be safe and it will be easier for the owner in case it get lost. In case he is already microchipped, call immediately the registering company of the chip, informing them of your change of address and phone number. They will update the system and your cat will be safer.
In case you have moved into a house with garden, help your cat to establish its territory again, so any other cats are around, push them nicely away. Your cat must be the boss of that little piece of land. Introduce your cat to the garden slowly and gradually by going together into the new garden. It will be excited. If it wants to go around alone, keep the door open, so if it will be scared of anything, can go back inside quickly.
Never force your cat outside, it must decide when it wants to explore and what.
The first time you allow your cat outside the new garden, you should be at home, and let them out before meal time so you are sure they will come back to eat, as they don’t know the new territory well. But sure they will know when time to eat is! Cats used to live outdoors have a less moving problem than the timid one. They usually take more time to understand the new environment and they should be escorted outside until they feel they are confident enough to explore by themselves.
Prevent its way back to the old property
Much time when people moving house the new property is only a few miles away from the old one. If your cat loves outdoors it may encounter old routes to before and it might return to the previous house, following these well-known routes. If this is the case, it means they haven’t gained enough comfort to break their old habits yet. It takes time. Tell your new tenants or new owners not to encourage the cat to stay around the old flat. Ask them to gently chase it so you can collect it without stress.
If your cat/s keeps persisting following the old routes, you can try this: Tasty meals!
You can create new walking routines and route signals using their favourite foods that your cat cannot resist!
This way you can try to convince your “guardian” to get back safe to your new property in time for tasty meals. Food can be a strong motivation!
Make sure your cat feel at home by refurnishing your new flat or house with your cat’s familiar scent, it will feel safe and comfortable.