Moving With Your Cat: How To Move Your Kitten or Adult Kitty To A New House

Moving to a new house or apartment can be stressful for human beings, nevermind for a cat who has no idea what’s going on.

Few felines won’t feel irritated, terrified, or reluctant to move, but there are a number of ways to help your kitty move and settle into your new home easily.

Get The Right Equipment To Make Things Easier

You’ll need to stock up on all the necessary essentials. Getting a cat carrier or a cage is an absolute must. While you’ll be preparing yourself and your personal belongings for the trip, you’ll also need to prepare your furball. This means familiarizing the cat with the boxes, packages, and all that noisy hustle and bustle which is about to go down.

Allow the cat to get used to the carrier by making it comfortable with blankets, catnip spray, or treats.

Place her food bowl or dispenser near the carrier and start moving it closer each day. After a few days of moving the tray it’s time to put the cat food inside the carrier. By this time your kitty should have started feeling relaxed and familiar with the carrier.

Allow your kitty to explore the boxes, suitcases, and other storage equipment. Instead of scolding it each time it goes near them, apply the positive reinforcement practice with treats or verbal praises.

If your cat is acting out or is getting scared by loud noises, take it to a quiet room on the day of the move and make sure it stays there undisturbed. You’ll need to move the food trays and the litter into the room for the sake of your kitty’s comfort.

Moving Day

Make sure your cat is safely locked inside its carrier or cage. Chances are it will feel frightened, and you don’t want it to escape on moving day.

Don’t ever open the kitty’s carrier while moving. You’ll probably feel the need to soothe it with petting, treats, or strokes, but your little guy will see it as a chance to bolt. Securing it with a harness is optional, but it will give you something to grab if your pet decides to make a break for it.

Feed your feline pal several hours before the move and allow it to have access to its litter. Don’t overfeed it, otherwise the moving may cause vomiting, motion sickness, and other types of stomach upset.

If your pet is severely stressed out, you may need to use a mild relaxant for its anxiety or Rescue RemediesRescue Remedies in order to reduce the stress levels.

How To Settle Into The New Home Or Apartment

Step 1: Make Sure It’s Cat Proof

Before you focus on familiarizing the cat with the new environment, make sure said environment is cat-proof. This means that all hazardous chemicals, cleaning detergents, pest traps, cable cords, unbalanced piles of boxes, etc., should be out of your cat’s reach.

Step 2: Put Kitty In A Designated Room Where She Can Adapt

Close all windows and doors and move your kitty into a quiet room (for example, a bedroom), which will act as the cat’s new home for the upcoming week. Equip the room with the kitty’s bed, scratching posts, food and water bowls, and litter.

Basically, it’s a nice way to get her used to the smells and sounds of a new place. If she has the whole house to discover all at once, she may be overwhelmed.

After you’ve unpacked, start carrying out quiet activities around the kitty and keep it only in its designated room for a week. Encourage your kitty to explore the room with treats and verbal and physical praise.

Step 3: Make Sure You Keep The Same Feeding And Playing Schedule

Keep up the same feeding and playing schedule as you did in your previous home. Changing the feeding and interaction schedule will only stress out your kitty. After a week or so your furball should be feeling comfortable with its new room.

Step 4: Allow Her To Explore The Rest Of The House

Now it’s time to allow your pet to explore the rest of your house or apartment. Encourage it with verbal and physical praising, treats, and playtime. Start moving the food and water bowls a few feet away with each new day until they reach the ideal room – for example, the kitchen. Same goes with the litter tray.

Equip your new home with a large variety of scratching posts and pads for your kitty and make it as appealing and as interactive as possible with cat trees, condos, and toys. Use catnip spray if necessary.

If your precious furball is feeling particularly interested in your new furniture (or even old furniture in new places), you’ll need to shift its attention back to the scratching posts. Be patient with it and don’t scold or punish it. All cats, especially indoor cats, will feel stressed and frightened when they’re moving into a new home, so allow your pet to get accustomed to its new surroundings and be patient with it.

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Emily Parker is the Content Manager at Catological. She's passionate about helping cat parents love their cats better by providing the best information and recommendations about everything you'll need to know about your cat, from kitten to senior years. She believes natural, biologically-appropriate products are best...why wouldn't you provide the best for a member of your family?!

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