If you think that moving can be stressful, just ask your grown-up cat. Adult cats are usually set in their ways and very protective about their current environment. Therefore, a sudden change can be stressful, scary and worrisome for your furry companion.
You should consider how a change in environment can be burdensome for your cat before moving day. The secret is to prepare in advance and plan for a structured change in environment for your cast. While the removalists are doing the heavy lifting and ensuring that your items are safely transported, here's how you can keep your cat comfortable and safe on moving day.
1. Start with a visit to the vet
As you would expect, an unhealthy cat will become even worse during a move. This is why you should ensure that the pet is checked by a professional before they change environments. In addition to a basic check-up, ask your vet whether the kitty needs any special attention when shifting climatic zones.
Cats that are used to the warm, coastal sun may struggle to adjust in rainy and cooler slopes of the country. Your vet will be able to provide adequate advice regarding environmental changes.
2. Keep a separate room for your cat on moving day
While your removalists are busy making the moving process as efficient as possible, having your cat running around the house can be dangerous. Adult cats may feel threatened by new people in their environment and rapidly shifting furniture.
A better idea is to prepare a room for your cat where you can place its litter, food, water and toys. Make sure the cat is familiar with this room and its layout before moving day. This will ensure that your furry companion is kept comfortable, busy and distracted from the activities of moving day.
3. Transport the cat in your personal vehicle
After loading is complete, make sure you transport all pets in your own car. Keeping an adult cat in a truck can be devastating to them. Furthermore, you'll be able to monitor how your cat is doing throughout the drive. Give it plenty of water and ensure that they're getting fresh air from time to time.
4. Prepare a room in your new home
Once you get to your new home, don't simply let the cat out the bag. A better idea is to slowly accustom the kitty to its new environment. Start by preparing a room where it can locate the litter box and food. As you arrange the rest of your home, you can open up sections for your car to explore.