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Moving with cats: tips and checklist for the process


Would you like to move and have your kitties with you? So that a move with cats does not become an ordeal for your nerves, but takes place in a relaxed manner, planning is the top prerequisite. With the following tips, you don't have to fear the day of moving home. Here we go! With the right tips, the move can also be stress-free for your cat - Shutterstock / Mi Ha

Changes in the immediate environment? This does not go down well with sensitive velvet paws. Moving with cats can therefore pose real challenges. But no worry! There are a number of things you can do to make your pet's situation easier.

Moving with cats: make the transport box tasty

Get the cat used to the transport box before moving. It is best to put it down at a favorite spot of your cuddly tiger a few weeks beforehand and cushion it with a soft blanket. After an extensive period of exploration, your cat will soon make it comfortable and feel comfortable. As a test, you can close the box and carry it around a bit.

Short car trips practice before moving

Once this hurdle has been overcome, you can slowly improve: take a short drive in the car with your cuddly tiger. Gradually increase the duration of the trip and leave your pet alone in the box in the car for a few minutes.

Tips for nervous cats

If your pet is a nervous strain, you should talk to your veterinarian about a sedative for the move. As a result, the fur nose sleeps away all the stress. If possible, you should take your cat into the new home before the big moving day so that she can explore it in peace.

Tips for the moving day

Ideally, you can save your pet from all the hustle and bustle and keep it with a familiar person for the duration of the move. If this is not possible, you can resort to an animal boarding house. If this is not possible either, put the cat in a quiet, closed room, including a bowl, litter box and some toys. Depending on the location of the new dwelling, you should arrange the move with cats in the morning or in the evening.

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Acclimatization in the new home

The move is done, but your animal roommate is alienating you in the new environment? Give the salon lion some time and, for example, react with sudden diarrhea with understanding and not with anger. This is a sign of fear and the cat has to find its way around. However, if your cat still looks sick the next day or if the diarrhea doesn't stop, go to the veterinarian.

If your pet is a pet, leave it in the apartment at the beginning. You can only let it out when there are no more abnormal behavior. Otherwise there is a risk that the cat will flee to the old home. Extra tip: Do not clean the litter box immediately after moving. Familiar smells, including your own urine, help with orientation.

Other countries other manners

If your new place of residence is abroad, you must observe the respective entry requirements for animals. A check-up at the veterinarian is a must, and a health certificate is often required. If the cat is to board a plane, sedatives could also have a supportive effect. Extra tip: You should no longer feed the fur nose immediately before the trip.

The checklist for moving

Before you start, you should check off the following points:
• Is the new apartment safe from cats?
• Do all cat utensils (feeding bowl, litter box, cat tree) also have space?
• Where does the cat go during the packing phase?
• Is the animal familiar with the transport basket?
• Should a sedative be used?
• Do you know the number of a veterinarian nearby?