Pets who thrive on regular routines will be sensitive to any alterations in their schedules or surroundings, so the experience of moving to a new home can understandably make them anxious.
If you currently planning on moving house with a cat, it’s important to keep your pet comfortable and safe during all stages of the moving process.
In this fun collaboration between Jessica Brody of Our Best Friends and Cat Care Solutions, we’ll be discussing some tips you won’t want to forget in all the moving madness!
In case you missed Jessica’s last post, be sure and read, “5 point checklist for new pet parents with small business entrepreneurship dreams.” She shares a lot of great tips for small business owners who are pet parents too!
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1. Make sure your pet is up to date on everything.
You don’t want your pet to get behind in vaccines, wormers, or hygienic care, especially prior to moving. Aim to get all treatment and grooming done in advance so you aren’t hustling to get up to date right before the move, as some vaccines may make your pet uncomfortable.
Additionally, a visit to the vet could induce stress even before the move begins. Worse yet, delaying treatment can lead to more serious health concerns down the road, as well as mounting vet bills.
Some states and countries have strict requirements for what your pet will need to move there. Call ahead to determine if where you are moving is one of them.
Find out what they require and what kind of proof you will need to show. This way, you avoid any stressful situations before they even begin!
See if area shelters offer discount veterinarian services, and research your new location for a reliable and affordable vet in advance of the move.
Moving house with a cat doesn’t have to drive you crazy! In our post, 5 simple tips to help you become the best cat parent possible, we discuss the importance of finding the perfect Vet for your needs. You’ll even find some helpful links to help you locate who is available in your new area.
2. Have all identification and records in place.
Pets acquired from breeders or shelters may be equipped with microchips to make them traceable through a pet recovery database, so find out if your pet has one.
However, if your pet is not microchipped and you worry that the procedure could be pricey, simply keep their identification tag on them, in case they get lost or injured.
Make sure all vet records, permits, and registration forms are in one place and easily accessible should you need them.
An easy and cost-free security measure is simply to have plenty of good photos of your pet in case you need to identify them or ask others to do so.
3. Keep your pet safe while preparing to move.
If you’re packing a lot of boxes and going in and out a lot, be sure your pet is comfortably secured where they can’t get injured or slip through a door and get lost.
If you have movers assisting you, it’s especially important to keep your pet out of harm’s way.
If you have a larger pet, be mindful, as movers may be wary about working around them. It’s best for all concerned if your pet is away from the hubbub in a dedicated safe place.
These tips for how to keep your cats calm during home improvements easily apply to moving house with a cat as well!
4. Use correct devices for securing your pet while moving.
Depending on the kind of pet you have, and their size, you will need to have a comfortable and reliable carrier to suit their needs.
You should also have good quality collars, leashes, and harnesses, for when you take your pet out of their carrier. If you need to purchase additional pet supplies, turn to your favorite online boutique, or shop at popular retailers using promo codes and cashback offers to get what your pet needs.
Our favorite online store for pet care needs is Chewy.com. Their prices are always reasonable, they have great sales, and the customer service is fantastic. Plus – they ship lightning fast.
We’ve been doing their auto-ship program for a couple of years now and absolutely love it!
5. Make sure they have access to basic needs at all times.
Moving house with a cat can be stressful for all involved. Just remember, no matter how busy or stressed you get during the moving process, never forget to prioritize your pet’s well-being.
That means they should always have access to water, and their feeding schedule should be kept as close to normal as possible.
If your pet has a toy or bed or any other item that they use for entertainment or comfort, try to keep it with them throughout the move.
Purchase a sizable quantity of good quality food they’re used to in case they require a special formula that’s hard to find in your new neighborhood.
Even if moving creates some anxiety for your pet, don’t worry — as long as you are there giving them the assurance they need, they should settle in quickly after you arrive.
Before you know it, you and your pet will be happy and thriving together in your new home.
Treat moving house with a cat just like an extra family member
… Because that’s just what they are – beloved family! These sweet babies rely on us for all of their care. They get stressed out just like we do.
Moving with pets may take a little extra planning but it doesn’t have to be overwhelming!
You might even talk to your Vet about giving your pet Benadryl to help with the anxiety of the move itself. In many cases, it’s an absolute blessing to help calm them and give you some peace of mind!
How about you, friends?
- What have been your experiences moving house with a cat?
- What worked for you? What didn’t?
- Did these tips help you prepare?
- Do you have any other questions for us?
We’d love to hear from you in the comments below. As always, please share this with your followers on social media. I appreciate you so much!
Today’s Guest Post Author
Jessica Brody created Our Best Friends so others could find a place to share stories and photos of their beloved animal companions.
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