Prepare To Move With A Cat
Moving homes is a big deal and can be very stressful. There are lots of considerations to make when choosing a new home, and as a part of your family, your cat should be a part of those considerations. Not only that, but the stress you may be feeling over this big move is not unique. Your cat will feel the stress just the same. There is, however, a good amount that you can do leading up to the move to prepare your cat to better help it cope with its changing surroundings and routine. One key thing you can so is get your cat used to its cat carrier.
Before Moving With A Cat
The place you choose to live your life will have an impact on the wellbeing of your cat. If you are moving into a condo or an apartment, you need to make sure that they actually allow pets. Some complexes disallow any type of animals or specific breeds. Some require a pet deposit or even a monthly pet fee. Take these into consideration while also ensuring your new home will allow you to keep your cat upon arrival.
Train Your Cat To Like its cat carrier
Cats are fickle creatures. Depending on yours, it might already be comfortable with a cat carrier. Unfortunately, most cats are not. Trying to transport your pet in a car any way other than in a carrier is a bad idea. Cats can spook easily and change moods on a dime. You do not need the extra distraction while driving. Cats can even become scared and seek shelter under your seat, or worse, under your feet, impeding your ability to use the gas or brake pedals. Here there is an easy method to condition your cat to be comfortable in a cat carrier.
- Take the carrier out of the closet or wherever you are storing it and display it prominently. Allow your cat to investigate, sniff, and interact with the carrier at its comfort level.
- With the carrier on the ground, place its food and water dish inside the carrier along with a familiar blanket, towel, or toy your cat loves.
- Close the door during mealtime to train your cat to be comfortable with the enclosed space.
- Try carrying your cat around in the carrier with the door closed or taking it with you on short trips in the car. Maybe drive around the neighborhood a few times or go on short errand. This will get your cat used to being in the carrier while on the move.
- Continue to allow your cat to familiarize itself with the cat carrier until the move in complete.
It is important to note that your cat should lead this process. Do not advance to the next step of the process until your cat is comfortable with the one you’re currently on. It could take days or weeks to advance steps of this process.
Let your Cat Lead
Cats are creatures of habit. It is very important to maintain their usual routine while adding this crate training in. Maintaining your cat’s routine will keep them from becoming stressed. If your cat becomes stressed, you will notice; they may lose hair, become lethargic, lose their appetite, or lash out irrationally.
If you are moving or planning on moving with your cat and you have questions about how to handle the transition, call the Catonsville Cat Clinic. We would love to talk to you about this important time in your life and help you and your cat through the process.