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How to Prepare Your Cat for a Move

Moving with pets, in general, is difficult but trying to move with a cat requires a lot of planning and patience. Cats tend to be skittish by nature and do not like change. They are highly territorial creatures that like space they have claimed as their own and prefer to stay there indefinitely. Unfortunately, as humans, life changes and we have to relocate. This can be challenging if you have a pet, but the movers of our St. Louis moving company are sharing their tips to prepare your cat for a move.

Getting Comfortable in the Pet Carrier

Days before the move your cat will need to get used to their pet carrier since that is where they will be spending most of their time. You can help your pet adjust by giving them treats when they successfully go into their carrier. If they start to freak out or act out you can then put a blanket over the crate to help calm them down. It is very important you prepare your cat for a move by making sure they are comfortable and feel secure in their carrier.

Maintain the Same Routine

While you may switch your routine as you prepare to pack and making arrangements for the relocation, make sure you try and keep your cat’s routine the same. Your cat may sense the changes around them and will likely act out because they are scared or anxious themselves. Keep them in one room as the movers are loading the truck and hang a “Do Not Disturb” sign on the room, just make sure there’s nothing in there that the movers need to load onto the truck.

Feed Them a Light Diet

Your cat may have an upset stomach and may not want to eat a lot. To prevent an upset stomach, keep your cat on a light diet, but make sure they are drinking sufficient water. When cats are scared, they dehydrate quicker than usual. Their appetite might also be altered during the move as they cope with he changes.

After the Move

Once you have moved into the new house, let your cat out and let them slowly get the lay of the land; make sure to monitor them. For a couple of nights, keep them in one room with the door closed until they adjust to the new surroundings.

If you are in need of a pet-friendly moving company, the movers of All My Sons Moving & Storage love animals and understand the additional challenges as you prepare your cat for a move. Call today to speak to one of our moving consultants and learn more about how we can help you prepare for a move.