Cats and Moving – Helpful Advice
So you’re ready to move into your new place and kitty is not so happy about it? That’s because cats are territorial animals. What’s theirs is theirs and what’s yours is theirs. Cats thrive on routine and having their own space without people or other pets infringing on them, but when you have to move, a cat must relearn how to cope with this situation. There are some helpful hints and advice on how to make the transition a little easier on your cat.
If at all possible, bring something from your new place to the cat so they can get used to the new scents, and new territory.
Along the same lines, take your cat’s scent to the new place so that it will help the stress level from skyrocketing. Rubbing an old t-shirt onto your cat and then rubbing that scent most places in the house will help your cat’s anxiety level decrease.
Do not move the cat in first. The cat goes last and keep them in a room at your old place with their bed, food, water and a litter box.
Once you have moved, cat proof your house, make sure there is no way for kitty to escape and nothing your kitty can get hurt on.
Once everything is in place, slowly introduce your cat to all areas of the house. SLOWLY. This will help ease the stress and changes your cat must make. It’s also recommended to use a calming spray such as Feliway to ease the transition even more.
There is a great article that gives you pointers, as well as information on a person to contact if you are having severe difficulty with behavior issues with your cat. I have not contacted the person, but I love the website the article comes from, so I am thinking the person is reputable and helpful!
Good luck if you are moving and keep the kitty stress at bay with patience and love.