Whether it is for a new job in a different city or a growing family that needs more space, for most people changing homes is part of life. For domesticated cats, changing homes can be an incredibly stressful experience.
Cats are very territorial animals. They find comfort in the pleasant experience of predictable routines. Compared to dogs, cats do not easily take new places. Many times, cats long for what is familiar and comfortable for them. With this, many cat owners struggle with making sure that their cats stay sane during the moving experience.
Your cat will need to check all the boxes to be allowed to enter your new state or country. Additionally, you must also prepare to keep them comfortable through the entire moving experience. Undoubtedly, there are several things to keep in mind when moving your pet to a new home.
Steps to Prepare Your Cat for A Trip
Before the trip even begins, prepare the necessary things in advance. On its own, traveling with pets is no easy feat, let alone when you are trying to keep track of your other personal belongings as well. Here are a few things that you should definitely not forget when moving homes with your cat:
Check Entry Requirements
Each state or country will have its own requirements on entry permits for various animals. For example, some areas will require you to microchip, update vaccinations, and so on. Taking the time to understand and comply with all the requirements before your trip can save you a lot of frustration at the borders.
Get Your Cat Medically Evaluated
Finding a good vet in a new town can be challenging. Before making a move, check that you have fully updated your pet’s vaccinations and get them checked for any suspicious illnesses. Before sending your cat alone in the plane cargo, make sure you have ruled out any possible issues that can occur mid-flight. For older pets and cats with medical conditions, make sure to get a thorough evaluation and vet approval before booking a flight.
Prepare Tick & Flea Prevention
Rented homes often carry the risk of ticks and fleas from pets of the previous tenants. By investing in preventive tick and flea treatment, you can decrease the likelihood of infection upon arrival. There are also several ways you can treat your new home against ticks and clear before even bringing in your furry friend.
Update Their Identification Details
As many cats struggle with new environments, some cats will an urge to run away and go back to what is familiar. It is not uncommon for cats to attempt to run away when they do not take a liking to their new home. To avoid losing an escaped cat, it is best to update their identification details before moving into your new home.
If you have not already, microchips are affordable lifetime identifiers that can be easily updated for every move. For those looking for less intrusive options, collars can also be made to have your contact details at the back. Most of the time, having both is a good way to cover all your bases in case of pet theft or loss.
Invest in a Comfortable Cat Bag or Cage
If your cat will travel in the cargo of a plane, make sure that the cage they are in is comfortable enough for their size. A sturdy cage will protect them if other items might topple over them mid-flight. A comfortable bag or cage for your cat should also have proper ventilation to prevent suffocation.
Bring Portable Food and Water Bowls
Long road trips mean that you are not the only one that will be hungry. Be sure to have a good bowls and enough food and water to keep them content during the entire trip, plus delays. Many people forget to factor in causes of delay and are left with hangry pets in the back seat. For cats that will be sent through air cargo, be sure to also leave them enough food and water inside the cage during the trip.
For long rides, your cat may become uncomfortable being in its cage for long periods of time. You can prepare calming music, entertaining videos, and even several toys to keep them distracted from the stress of moving. While some cats are comfortable in cars, many associate them with terrifying vet trips and become anxious during this time.
Ask for Help from Friends and Family
Moving requires managing a lot of moving parts. It is no secret that you are going to need a lot of help to make sure everything goes smoothly. If you were initially planning to through this experience alone, you may want to consider asking for additional help. Whether it is having extra hands to help load and off-load your belongings or a trusted friend to watch over your beloved pet while you deal with everything else, having help can make the entire experience more manageable for you and your cat.
Do Not Rush the Moving Process
Moving is a challenging experience for everyone, especially your cat. You are bound to encounter issues and unexpected events. However, it does not necessarily mean that it has to be extremely stressful. While many things can go wrong, most things can be avoided by research and caution.
Take your time to make sure your cat is emotionally and physically ready to move with you safely. Make sure that you get them properly evaluated by a medical professional. Not taking the proper precaution during a move can have effects that are mild to potentially lethal.
When planning for a move, be sure to plan to protect your cats from all kinds of harm – illness, injury, and emotional stress. It definitely merits taking extra steps to rule out any possible preventable concerns that may arise.
Our pets rely on us to make decisions that will benefit them and their overall well-being. While the many things on this list may seem like a lot to think about, they are all necessary to make sure that your cat does not hate you. Follow these steps to reach your new home happy, healthy, and ready to start a new chapter of its life with you.