Moving home is one of the most stressful events that you will experience
in your lifetime, with studies showing that the majority of UK adults find it
even more traumatic than a relationship breakdown, starting a new job and even
going through a divorce!
Therefore, when you are undertaking this massively demanding task, the
last thing you need to be worrying about is your beautiful furry, feline friend
– your cat!
However, you most likely already are.
You may be concerned that your cat will get lost during the move itself,
might try and return to your previous property or simply struggle to cope with
their new environment.
Fortunately, there are ways in which you can ensure that moving home with
your cat is as seamless and stress-free as possible, for yourself and your much
to your normal routine
In the run up to moving day when you are packing up your home, try not
to disrupt your cat’s daily routine too much. Obviously, this may be tricky as
you are trying to organise all your belongings ahead of the big move, but it is
important that you try and stick to a routine so that your cat feels safe and
Try to carry on feeding your cat at the same time, in the same place,
and spend time with them as you usually would on a day-to-day basis.
the cat box
As a cat owner, you will know only too well that cats often fear their
travelling box! Normally because they associate it with having to leave their
safe and familiar surroundings and often they will be placed in it to travel to
the local vets – definitely a place they prefer not to visit! Therefore, it is
a good idea to leave the cat box out for a few days before you move home so
that your cat feels more comfortable around it.
with your local vet
Once you have made the move to your new home in Bridgend , your cat will
be more vulnerable to accidents or becoming lost, simply because the area is
unfamiliar. This is why it is crucial that you are registered with a new vet
before you move. You should also ensure that your cat’s microchip details are
up to date so that if your cat does wander off or suffer an injury, you know
you will be able to locate your pet.
your new home
Preparing your new home in Bridgend is vitally important if you want
your cat to feel comfortable and relaxed in their new surroundings as soon as
possible. You can prepare your new home for your cat by ensuring that it is
thoroughly cleaned before moving day, especially if the previous owners had
their own pet. Cats have very sensitive noses – around fourteen times as
sensitive as humans’ sense of smell – and will sniff out other pet smells
using a cattery
When it comes to the big day itself, you may feel more comfortable
putting your cat in a cattery for the day, so that you can move without having
to worry about them. This also has the added benefit of your cat being able to
experience your new home for the first time when you are calm and settled, with
familiar items around you, rather than preoccupied and stressed.
If you do choose to take your cat with you on moving day, then you must
ensure that they are safe and secure for the journey. Always use an enclosed
carrier with no faults and ensure that the carrier is safely secured in your
vehicle with a seat belt.
Make sure that your cat has access to fresh water, especially if your
journey to your new home is long, and keep them out of direct sunlight or they
could become overheated and dehydrated.
a familiar area in your new home
Before you bring your cat into your new property, first bring in their
belongings, even if it is just their preferred blanket, their food and water
bowls. Set these items up in a secure room and then bring your cat in. The
familiarity of their belongings will help them to settle by offering
reassurance during this confusing time.
allow more freedom
Depending on your cat’s personality, they may be keen to explore the
rest of your new home, or they may simply want to sit quietly in one room until
they feel more relaxed in their new environment.
If they are keen to roam, make sure you let them explore your new home
at their own pace, and keep all the windows and doors closed at first. It’s
important to let them outside in time too, especially if they’re used to being
Generally you should ensure you keep your cat indoors for at least two
weeks so that they familiarise themselves with your new home. After two weeks,
venture outside with your cat and let them explore for ten minutes or so. Then
take them back inside.
Every day you should increase the time spent outside until your cat
feels safe and knows the area better.
It’s important to remember that your cat may feel stressed in their new
surroundings, so make sure you give them extra attention to help them relax and
build a bond.
For impartial moving home and property advice, contact our expert team
at Moving You on 03334041188 and we will be delighted to assist.