Moving house is a stressful process for people. For your cat it can be stressful in different ways. While your feline companion won’t have to worry about dealing with solicitors or packing boxes, they will face the upheaval of leaving the place they feel most comfortable.
Luckily there are a number of things you can do to make the process a little less stressful for your cat.
The Metro recently offered some advice on how best to tackle moving home with your pet. If you have a particularly nervous feline, you may want to consider booking your cat into a luxury cattery in Buckinghamshire.
This can help keep them out of the way on the day of the move, as well as giving you a chance to unpack and make your new abode feel homely before you introduce your cat to their new home.
Getting them settled is one of the most important parts if you want to make the move as stress-free as possible for your feline companion. The newspaper recommends unpacking your cat’s essentials first and setting up a room where they can start to get used to their new home.
Sticking to a regular feeding routine is one of the best ways to help your cat settle in too.
It’s also advisable to prevent your cat from going outside initially. The newspaper notes that it can be best to allow them to acclimatise in your new home for the first two weeks, to make it less likely that they’ll try to return to their old abode.
Before you let them out, make sure your cat is microchipped and that you’ve updated its details with your new address.
Earlier this year the Express shared a plea from animal welfare charity Blue Cross for all cats to be microchipped. The charity revealed that 80 per cent of the felines that came through its centres for rehoming were not microchipped and therefore they couldn’t reunite them easily with their owners if they were lost, rather than strays.