Make Your Next House Relocation Stress-free For Your Cat
Creature Companions|December 2019
A move to a new house?
Neha Gupta*

Mention it to Your Cat, and she’d probably tell you, “Are you Kidding? This IS my Home, and I ain’t Moving! I have my Favourite Window, have birdies to Watch, Eat my Lunch, Take a Nap in my Favourite Spot, Guard My Territory, and enjoy Our warm Bed. And you’re telling me, I have to let go of these, sit inside the dreaded Carrier, have a Scary Bumpy Car Ride, and it’s all topped off by the arrival in an Unfamiliar Territory?? Thanks but no thanks!”

Cats are creatures of Habit, and from a cat’s perspective, Moving Day isn’t the best day of her life. Since moving to a new house is something that most cat parents will have to do at some point, making it as painless for your cat as possible will make a Big difference to you and your cats’ stress levels. Cat Parents often overlook this plan-ahead precaution and their cats disappear before the move. So, start preparing your cats for the move at least Ten Days Before the move. If you have a cat who goes outdoors, about 10 Days before the move stop letting her outside.

The week before the move is usually crunch time for people: their packing becomes more intense, they’re sleep-deprived, and the stress level rockets off the scale. Your cat, ever the observant one, will sense something is afoot and may choose to lay low for a while by not returning home at night. The last thing you need is to have to spend the day of the move searching outdoors for your kitty. It’s tragic to think about the fear and confusion that the cat must feel when she does head back home and finds no one there for her.

Let us break down the entire moving process into smaller bits, so every step of House Relocation is easy on your feline friends:

The Dreaded Carrier

Most Cat Parents are guilty of using the carrier only during vet visits or car rides, and hence, your cats don’t have a very positive association with the carrier as it reminds them of a not so great experience. It is time to bring out that Cat Carrier, line it with a soft and comfy blanket and leave it in your cat’s favourite spot. Remove the door of the carrier, so that your kitty can move in and out freely without worrying about getting trapped. Feed your cats their favourite wet food and a few treats every time they go inside the carrier and spend more than 10 seconds. Leave their favourite toy in there as well. Do this at least 3-4 times in a day.

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