Moving to a new home with a cat can be hard on both you and your cat.  So making the move to a new home as stress-free as possible for your “kitty” can have big benefits, including reducing the risk of fear-based house soiling, excessive meowing and crying, hiding, escape attempts and aggression.

Moving a cat successfully to a new house does involve some planning and preparation. Here are some suggestions from WEBMD/Pets:

Before the Move

Get the cats used to the ‘evil’ carrier. Place a favorite blanket or piece of your human clothing (that you’ve worn but haven’t washed) inside the travel carrier. Drape a blanket over it for an instant play cave.  Leave the carrier open near a favorite hangout and place stimulating kitty toys inside or some favorite treats.

If your cat is very skittish, nervous or easily stressed, speak to your vet about using anti-anxiety medication to make the moving process easier on him/her.

On Moving Day

  • To prevent your cat from dashing out the door while movers are going in and out, close kitty in a bathroom with food, water, a bed and litter box. Place a sign on the door asking the movers to keep the door shut.
  • Feed your cat a very small breakfast on moving day to reduce stomach upset.
  • The last thing to do before leaving your house is to move your cat. Pop them in their carrier with a comforting blanket. By leaving them till the very last, it will help to reduce stress and also keep the trip as short as possible.
  • While in transit, resist the urge to open your cat’s carrier to soothe him. A scared cat may try to escape.
  • All cat lovers know, cats are not to be transported in the moving truck or the trunk of the car. :-)

Tune in next week for some tips on settling your cat into her new home.

While doing our research, we ran across this funny cat moving story.  How about your last cat move?   We’d love to hear your cat moving stories.