Moving can be an extremely stressful time for both humans and cats. If you’ve never moved with a feline friend before, it can be difficult to tell how your pet will react. Some cats can just take a move in stride, walking with confidence through the mess of boxes and new house smells. However, other cats will react out of stress, and they might use the bathroom in unusual locations, meow, hide, or develop erratic eating habits in the new home. It is so easy to buy a house but turning it into a home is a different task altogether. Home is a warm, cozy, safe feeling than emits in the place where you reside. It can make the walls and roof you call a house, into a warm, welcoming place where you can be whatever you want and live however you want. Home is not just piles of bricks and cement molded together, it’s a place where you can let your hair down and wear threadbare track pants and chill. Have you heard of the expression “home away from home” when you go for a vacation? It is said so, because that place makes you feel warm and welcoming like your own house does. To find a home that is perfect for you would be regarded very lucky. People spend a fortune on remodeling their houses to make them into a Perfect Home for their family. Here are three ways you can minimize the stress on kitty when you move.
When you’re all of your belongings are in chaos during a move, your cat won’t understand what’s going on. Once you take your cat to the new home, they might become anxious if they don’t know where you are. You can minimize these feelings of disorientation and fear by placing a sweater, or some other piece of clothing with your scent, into their pet carrier and near their food dish. This can help reassure them during the move process, especially since your new home will smell completely different. If your cat has a bed, make sure it’s there waiting for them at the new home.
If you have more than one cat, try to introduce them to the new environment at the same time. They will rely on each other to explore the new territory, and it can be far less stressful than if one cat is isolated from the others. If you have a particularly adventurous cat, he or she might be able to pave the way for your other pets, so that they don’t feel so intimidated about exploring your new home.
Try to arrange litter boxes in quiet areas of the new home, away from the chaos of your move. This can minimize your cat’s anxiety and ground them with a stable location to use the restroom. Sometimes cats will urinate in unwanted areas of your new home in an attempt to mark territory. You can prevent this by providing them with safe litter box placement.
The business of moving can significantly affect the moods of your pets. You can reduce the amount of stress by exposing your cat to familiar smells, bringing them along with other pets, and using safe litter box placement. These efforts will have them settled into your new home in no time!