It’s important to consider the effect that moving house can have on cats. Moving home changes their territory and completely removes their familiar marks, which can leave them disorientated.
Using Feliway helps maintain the sense of security that cats need to feel calm and happy. The following video explains further:
To keep cats feeling at ease and comfortable in their new home, there are a few simple steps that can be taken to ensure that they are feeling their absolute best, both before the move and after. This will help you and your cat transition into a new happy home.
On the day of the move, shut your cat or cats into one room that has been cleared, leaving food, bedding, a litter tray, one piece of furniture in / under which he/she can hide and the travel box wide open.
Make sure that the removal team knows that the door to the room must be kept shut to avoid him/her going missing at the last moment
If you have access to the new property before the removal van arrives it is helpful to plug in a Feliway Diffuser to make your cat feel more comfortable when he/she arrives
Try to unload one room first. Here the cat can be shut to rest and recover from the car journey while you sort out the rest of the house
When you first allow your cat outside, it is best to choose a weekend when you are at home and let him/her out just before meal time.
Ensure your cat is micro-chipped in case he/she gets lost
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For even more information on moving home please go to ICC (International Cat Care) Moving house with your cat.
Consider plugging a Feliway Diffuser in the former home to comfort your cat whilst preparing for the move.
Plug in a Feliway Diffuser, if possible, 24 hours before moving in.
The Feliway Diffuser lasts four weeks and will help your cat adjust to its new home.
You can also spray Feliway on their bedding for additional support.
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