If you are getting ready to move, you may be wondering how to get your cat used to a new environment. Moving can be stressful on cats, so it is important to be aware of how they are taking the move.
One way to reduce their fear and stress is to introduce them to their new environment in the right way. This can set the tone for the new house and how they feel about it.
How to Introduce Your Cat to a New Environment
If you are moving to a new house with your cat, there are a few things that you should know to help them get used to their home and get settled in as quickly as possible! The last thing that you want to do is stress out or scare your cat during the transition.
Create a New Normal
Start to get your cat used to the idea of moving by creating a new normal for them. This could include moving furniture around, packing things, or having more people come over.
All of these small changes will help to prepare them for when the real moving actually starts – especially for when movers come over to take your stuff and the house becomes empty.
These small changes to their environment can help to prepare them for those bigger and scarier changes to their routine.
Get Your Cat Used to a Carrier
If you are going to be driving a ways to your new home, it is important to get your cat used to their carrier. This can help to reduce their travel anxiety and make the trip less scary.
Even if you are only going to be driving an hour or two away, it is still a good idea to get them used to a carrier.
You can do this by setting it out so that they can familiarize themselves with it. Next, try to make it look appealing by adding toys or blankets inside. If you’re lucky, they just might settle down inside the carrier and go to sleep!
This is a great way to limit the stress that they will feel when they have to travel in a carrier.
Introduce One Room at a Time of Their New Environment
Once you do get to your new environment it is a good idea to make the transition slowly. Put your cat in just one room of the new house and sit in there with them.
This can help them to avoid feeling overwhelmed and scared by the change in environment. This is especially important for older cats as they can be more easily stressed by change.
If they still seem uneasy, you could either leave them in that room for an hour or move them to a new one. Try to pay attention to your cat’s behavior to see how they are adjusting and act accordingly. You don’t want to overwhelm them.
Have Their Stuff in the New Environment
Before you move your cat into your new home, try to make it somewhat familiar to them. You can best do this by putting a few of their items throughout the house.
You can put a different item in every part of the house to help it smell like them, which will ease their fear and stress.
Let Them Explore the New Environment
Many cats are going to want to immediately explore their new environment. And if it is safe to do so, you should let them.
If they aren’t afraid, it is best to let them roam to their heart’s content and see the new house. It will make them feel more at ease and help them to transition faster.
Many younger cats will be more eager to explore, and they will feel less stressed out about the change in environment.
Tips for Traveling with a Cat
If you have a long trip ahead of you to get to your new home, you may need to learn how to travel with a cat. It is slightly easier than traveling with a dog, but it still should be approached in the right way.
Get Them Used to a Carrier
Like we talked about above, you will need to get your cat used to being in a carrier. The last thing that you want to have to do is force them to get into one.
Sit it out for a few days and let them get used to it themselves.
Make it Comfy
You can make their traveling carrier ten times more comfy and appealing by adding blankets and toys.
If your cat is hesitant to go inside of the carrier, this is the best way to gently coax them inside. They might even find it so comfy that they make it into their new bed!
Keep it Airy for Them
When traveling with your cat, you will need to make sure they are getting enough airflow. They will most likely be in the back seat with other items, so it is important to make sure they are getting enough cool air.
Have the windows cracked or have your AC on with the air vents pointed towards the back of the car. Also, always make sure that you can see your cat at all times when driving.
It is always a good idea to take breaks with your cat to check up on them and see how they are doing. They may need a potty break or need some water. Just be very careful and make sure they don’t try to bolt out of the car.
You can also use this time to give them some reassuring cuddles if they are feeling scared or stressed.
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