Cats! The internet loves them and so do we, but when it comes to moving house, they’re often more harm than help. Though their fussing might normally be cute, it’s not really ideal when you’re attempting to pack up and move your home.
There are an estimated 7.4 million domestic cats in the UK, making the issue of ensuring they feel safe and comfortable during the move a vital one. As a leading fixed-fee online estate agent, we’ve helped countless people move and picked up some vital tips along the way.
So, just how do you move house with a cat?
- Make space for your cat somewhere in your home. About a week before you move, take the things your cat needs (water, food, toys, bed) and move them to one room in your home. Don’t shut them in just yet, but get them used to the notion that this is where their things live. It’ll make them that much more comfortable when you need to keep them away from the move.
- Keep your cat away from the action. Cats are naturally inquisitive and will want to check out whatever’s going on in your home, but for their sake, do try to keep the away from the packing, moving and cleaning. It will cause them distress and slow you down as you attempt to move around your cat.
- Set up a room in your new property just for your cat. During the first few days of the move, leave them in that space to acclimatise. It’s also a nice idea to leave some of your unwashed clothes in there to give them a familiar scent.
- Rub your cats smell around your home. When you’re allowing your cat explore your new home for the first time, do it in stages and ensure that you’ve taken a favourite blanket or cushion and rub it around various points in the room. You won’t notice the scent, but your cat will, and that’ll ease any sense of uncertainty they have.
- Keep your cat inside for a couple of weeks. Your cat needs to know that this is its new home, so give your cat a couple of weeks to settle in and explore the property before you let it outside. After those two weeks, if your cat still isn’t ready to go outside, don’t force it. Just let your cat come and go as it pleases.
- Make an extra effort to treat your cat. Most of us don’t need any encouragement on this front, but it’s important that in the early stages of your move, your cat feels safe and loved. That means avoiding loud noises if possible, but it also means enjoying a few extra cuddles and dropping a few treats in their bowl every now and then.