Moving with Pets Guide: Keep Your Cat Comfortable

Cats


Feline friends can often be very troublesome during a move. Cats are mischievous and they like their routine. Cats want their environment to remain the same and they also like to be in control. When their routine and environment changes they often become very upset.

You can help in the days before your move by keeping your cat’s routine as normal as possible. It may be of help to ask a friend or family member to keep an eye on your cat or to be solely responsible for your cat during these disruptive times. Giving this job to a younger child may be a good way to keep the cat and your child occupied during this hectic moving time.

When you move to your new location do not immediately allow your cat out in the new environment. Some supervised outings are advised until your cat gets used to the new surroundings. You might want to try using a long leash on your cat and connect it to a stake in the ground. This will allow your cat to wander the length of the leash for the first few days. Make sure to check that outside doors and windows are closed before you allow your cat to explore the rooms of the new house.

If you are traveling by air you may need to purchase an airline approved carrying case for you cat. Your airline should be able to provide you with all the details. If you are traveling by car you may also want to also use the carrying case to make the trip more comfortable for your cat.