Cats aren’t really known for being thrilled about change – and that means when you buy a new home in Lake City, your cat might become stressed leading up to, on and after moving day. Fortunately, there are three things you can do to make the process easier on everyone involved.
Check out these three tips from the pros on moving with a cat:
- Get your cat used to her carrier.
- Consider hiring a pet sitter on moving day.
- Let your cat explore your new surroundings at his leisure.
Here’s a closer look at each.
#1 Pro Tip for Moving With a Cat: Get Her Used to Her Carrier, ASAP
Experts suggest getting your cat used to her carrier as soon as you can – well in advance of moving day. You can start by placing it near her food and water dishes and keeping it open at all times. She’ll eventually warm up to it – but you may need to encourage her a little by:
- Putting her favorite toys inside
- Giving her treats and lavishing her with praise when she goes inside (or even near it at first)
- Placing her bed inside
- Putting her food and water dish inside
#2 Pro Tip for Moving With a Cat: Consider Hiring a Pet Sitter on Moving Day
Moving day is busy, and your front door will be open most of the day. That means you should consider hiring a pet sitter or taking your cat to a trusted friend or family member’s house – that way, there’s no chance that he’ll escape. If you can’t hire a pet sitter, clear out an entire room (furniture and all) the night before the move. On moving day, put your cat inside with his litter box, favorite toys, food and water, and his cat bed. Make sure your movers know not to open the door for any reason.
#3 Pro Tip for Moving With a Cat: Let Your Cat Explore Your New Surroundings at His Leisure
When you arrive in your new home, don’t rush your cat to explore – let him take his time. If he seems nervous or watchful, close most of the doors so that he doesn’t get overwhelmed. You can open them gradually, over the next few days or weeks, as he gets used to his new space.
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