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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Helping Your Cat Survive a Move

By D J Bromley
 
Moving home can be a stressful time for all the family including the cat. Animals, especially cats seem to have a sixth sense when things are about to change and generally they do not like it. Also as you all make preparations you may not have as much time to spend with your cat as normal and this too can be unsettling.

Ideally you need to plan ahead of time to prepare your cat for the move. Firstly, even if your cat does not normally wear a collar you should put one on so that they get used to it. Once you move your cat really does need a collar and tag for the first few months in the new neighborhood. On the same note you should get a tag with your new address already on it ready for day one at your new home.

At this stage you will also need to consider how you are going to transport your cat to its new home. It will probably travel with you in your car but however you travel you will need a secure pet carrier. Some cats are perfectly happy in a carrier whilst others will complain continually. However, this is better than losing your pet during the move.

Curiosity is said to have killed the cat and many cats find boxes and wrapping irresistible. At best you may spend hours searching for a cat that has curled up and gone to sleep in a packing case or at worst got trapped in a nailed down chest. Ideally it is best to confine your cat to a single room away from all the activity. This is particularly true on the day of the move itself when you are going to have removal men shifting heaving items around the place. The last thing that you will need is a cat getting under everyone's feet. There is also a danger with the open doors and general upheaval that the cat may make a break for freedom to get away from the turmoil.

Once at your new address again it is best to put the cat in separate rooms whilst the furniture is moved in. Do make sure that you provide water, food and a litter tray as it may be in there for some time. Don't forget to make sure that you have also put tag with the new address on the cat's collar.

It is going to take some time for your cat to adapt to its new home and at first he may be resentful of the changes to its life. It is a good idea if you can to spare a little extra time with your cat during the period of re adjustment. Finally do not forget that you will need to find a new vet and get your animals records transferred from your previous vet.

It will take both you and your cat time to readjust to your new surroundings but with some care and consideration you will both adapt quickly. In no time at all your cat will be "King or Queen of the castle" and ruling its domain just as it did in the old home.

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