Moving Home With Cats

Cat sitting on windowsill of new home

When you’re moving house, there’s a lot to think about. Organising the day is difficult enough when you consider all the belongings that need to be packed, transported, and unpacked in your new home, let alone when you think about your pets.

Cats are famously very sensitive animals and moving house can be an even more stressful experience for them. Strange people and dramatic changes to their comfort zone and territory can be hugely disruptive, particularly for older cats who have become accustomed to their homes.

But don’t panic, moving home with cats is not an impossible task. It can, of course, be done. And with our advice for preparing your cat for moving day, you’ll know how to move home with cats in the most seamless way.

Weeks Before The Move

The more prepared you are for the move, the more comfortable your cat will be during the moving process. This involves easing your cat into the new and disruptive, little by little. The following are our top tips for the days and weeks before moving day.

To make the move more gradual, why not consider household storage as a solution? With our flexible terms and affordable prices, gradually packing your belongings in a storage unit can be a great way to help your cats adjust to a changing environment.

 

Cat Safe Zone

When you begin packing up your home, the rooms your cat has become used to will become transformed. Senses are vital for cats, and the sights and smells around the house will begin to change - and fast. Your cat could become uneasy, stressed, and unwell with these huge alterations in their surroundings. 

We recommend creating a room or a zone for your cat where they can be completely at ease. Fill this room with their favourite bed and toys, as well as the essentials like food, water and a litter tray, if they have one. Creating this room long before any changes to yo will help to get your cat used to this little safe haven, where they can retreat to when the rest of the home becomes too stressful.

Stressed cat staring alert out of a window

Routine

In the same way, new routines and timings can throw your cat off balance, causing unnecessary stress and behavioural changes. Feeding times are best kept as regular as possible while you pack up your belongings - this goes for the times at which you let your cat out if your cat is an outdoor cat. This will provide some sense of order while the spaces they are used to change dramatically. 

 

Travel Box

Cats typically don’t enjoy being enclosed in small spaces. When taking your cats to the vet, you’ll likely have noticed that they often dislike being put into travel boxes. To avoid the sudden stress that could occur on moving day when your cat sees their travel box, it could be a great idea to introduce your cat to the box days before the move. Cats will therefore feel calmer when encouraged inside on the big day and feel more comfortable during the move.

Cat sitting in a moving box

In the New House

After moving day, your cat might still feel uneasy and stressed in their new environment. There are certain steps that you can take, even in your new home, to make your cat fee comfortable.

 

Pheromones

As mentioned already, scent is a very important part of of a cat’s life. Scent can dictate whether a cat feels comfortable or not in a room. They can often be seen rubbing their scent on their owners and furniture to make their environments more familiar to them. To speed up the aclimatisation for your pets, you can fill your new home with scents that they recognise. This can be done by covering your new home with their toys or blankets that they often sleep with or near, or even using calming pheromone diffusers. 

 

Slow Introductions

In the same way that it’s a good idea to create a cat safe zone in your old home, it’s also recommended that you open up your new home piece by piece. This might mean initially setting your cat down in a spare bedroom with all their favourite items and smells. After they are confident and used to this one space, then you can begin opening up the rest of the house. If they are typically outdoor cats, many vets would recommend keeping your cats inside for around 2 weeks before allowing them outside.

 

Moving home can be a stressful experience for the whole family. Our blog is full of moving and storage advice, including how to deal with moving anxiety, so make sure to have a read to clear up any worries before moving!

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