Cats. They’re furry and purry and full of affection. They also have extraordinary senses, constantly scanning their surroundings and responding to even the slightest change. This being said, it makes sense that they easily pick up on pre-moving vibes from you and the quickly changing settings of their home. The stress you emit, the sudden appearance of boxes, etc., all of these things can cause your cat to become filled with anxiety. During all of the pre-moving stress and chaos, it’s important to take the time to step in and try to calm your furry friend’s nerves. Here are some ways to do so:
Keep their daily routine unchanged
Cats love a daily routine because it makes them feel safe and secure. When moving your cat to a new home, it’s a very good idea to keep their daily routine as unchanged as possible. Moving preparations are likely to add a bit of chaos to your cat’s regular schedule for food, play and sleep, but just try your best to keep things as consistent as possible so your cat will feel safe, confident and content.
Talk to your cat
Don’t deny it. If you own a pet(s), you talk to it, even carry on small conversations with it. There’s no shame in this. It’s normal and creates a bond between the two of you. While your cat probably doesn’t understand spoken English, it can definitely detect the inflection in your voice. Using calm and reassuring tones, talk to your cat and tell them what’s going on. Your cat understands much more than you think, so don’t be surprised if your furry feline suddenly becomes less stressed after some words of assurance.
Take your cat for a checkup
A pre-move checkup is very important for your feline, so be sure to schedule a full medical exam at your local vet. Your cat should be in good health before embarking on a relocation. If your cat is easily frightened or excessively nervous, it is a good idea to discuss this with your veterinarian. They may be able to provide you with specialized anti-anxiety medication to help make the relocation easier on them. While you are there, be sure to request copies of your pet’s medical records or any other documents you may need during or after your move.
ID your cat
Before moving day rolls around, it’s important to provide them with adequate identification – whether it be a collar and tag or a permanent microchip. Having your cat properly ID’d is the best way to ensure their safety. In case their stress level skyrockets and they manage to escape during the move, the chance is great for a happy return to you. Be sure that your cat’s microchip or tag is updated with the address of your new home.
Get proper transportation
In order to guarantee a comfortable and safe relocation for your cat, you will need a specialized pet container to transport them. The transportation carrier should be spacious enough so your cat can sit or stand comfortably, as well as turn around freely while inside. To purchase a proper pet carrier, visit your local pet shop.
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