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Moving with Your Moggie: Making it Work
Posted on : 11/11/2014 10:55:45 AM

Studies indicate that moving house is amongst one of the most stressful life experiences there is with one property website putting it on par with divorce, but if you think a change of address is trying for you then spare a thought for your feline friends; cats by nature are territorial animals and taking them away from the familiar environment of home can be the ultimate upheaval. One so called 'pet detective' says that she finds the largest percentage of missing cats are those that run away soon after moving house. This is usually because they have not accepted the new house as their territory and are motivated to look for their old home. Aside from runaways, cats can also become extremely anxious and distressed during a move which can be bad for their health, particularly in older animals. Sounds pretty hairy right? But with a little forethought and consideration there are things that you can do to make the transition as stress-free as possible for your precious pussy-cat.

Before the move

In the weeks leading up to your move the chances are boxes will be brought in and things will start being packed. Cats are sensitive even to subtle changes in their environment and the sight of familiar things being moved and the scent of strange boxes will automatically unsettle them. Try and leave one 'safe room' in the house where things don't need to be moved until the last minute. Leave their little tray, their favorite piece of furniture and some toys and encourage them to spend time in there. At this stage you should also try and get them used to the container they will be travelling in. Leave it in the safe room with the door open and perhaps put some bedding and treats in it so your cat can investigate at it's own pace. Before moving day it may also be worth investing in some calming pheromone diffusers which can be used later.

On the day of the move

Shut your cat in the safe room with the windows and doors closed. Put a sign on the door telling anyone helping with the move not to open the door. This will keep your cat away from the hustle and bustle of the removal process and means you won't have to go searching for him when it is time to leave. When everything else is ready put your cat in his container while you remove the last bits of furniture from the safe room then secure him into the car with a seat belt for the journey – do not put him in a van or car boot as there may be moveable objects and noise which will distress him further. If you are facing a long journey make stops to offer him water and a litter break but under no circumstances leave him alone in a stationary car even if you only anticipate a short break. Each year animals die in vehicles because the temperature can rise to dangerous levels in a matter of minutes.

Settling in at the new house

Once you arrive at the new house try, where possible, to fashion a 'safe room' similar to the one before. Then install those pheromone diffusers at a low level so when the cat is let out he will automatically be met with a calming environment in his new home. Leave him in his carrier until everything is unpacked and then give him some time in the safe room, with the door of his container left open to adjust quietly. Remember that cats mark their territory by rubbing their scent on walls, doors and items of furniture so encourage this and even help with the process by rubbing a soft cloth around your cats face then wiping it onto low lying items. Ensure doors and windows are kept shut and allow your cat to explore room by room at his own pace with lots of reassurance. Like children, cats appreciate routine with Petco suggesting that this is the basis of their comfort and security, so try and keep mealtimes and lights out regular.

Going outside

After 2-3 weeks you may feel that it is time for your cat to explore outside. The best time to do this is when he is hungry so that he will be eager to come back for food. Ensure that the garden is quiet and there are no other cats about then accompany him for reassurance. Call him back in for food soon after and repeat this method of 'short exploration', gradually allowing him longer outdoors, until he feels more familiar with his new surroundings. If he isn't already, it is worth getting your cat microchipped or getting him an identification collar so that if he does become lost there are ways of getting him back to you. Be aware that new environments come with new risks such as new road networks and new (and sometimes bigger) cats who may initially want to fight, so ensure that his pet insurance is up to date which will protect your animal from things such as accidents, disease or theft.

What if he runs away

If you haven't moved far from your old property it is possible that you cat may pick up familiar scents outdoors which may motivate them to try and return to his old home. Warn the new residents of this, give them your contact details and advise them not to feed him or allow him access to the house. Keep him indoors for a few more weeks to give him longer to accept your new house as his new territory then try again.  

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