When you have cats, moving can be tricky. They’re scared and unaware of what’s happening.
Stress in cats is the same for humans. When we’re feeling anxious, it takes a toll emotionally and physically. It changes our behavior and sometimes our physical appearance.
For cats, it’s the same thing. Their bodies react to stressful situations, and they can develop a urinary tract infection or something worse. Avoiding the litter box is also a common problem when moving.
When it comes to a household move, there are easy steps pet owners can take. Ready to find out what they are?
Let’s take a look.
Kitty-Proof the New House
Your cat is used to the layout of your old home. They know all the ins and outs.
For this new home, they may become scared and rush to the nearest opening. To prevent mishaps from happening, ensure all windows and doors are locked. Make sure that screens are secure as well.
If you allow your cat to go outside, you will want to make sure the plants in the yard aren’t poisonous.
Keep Your Cat Hydrated the Night Before the Move
When it comes time for the move, be prepared with food and plenty of water. Give your cat a light dinner so he or she will be less likely to vomit.
As the move begins, your cat will become stressed. Cats sweat the same as humans.
So it’s vital you give your cat plenty of water before and during the move. Your cat will most likely reject the water once in the new place, so hydration is essential.
Confine Your Cat to One Area in the House During the Move
Cats are very territorial. They become familiar with the places they live.
Once change happens, they don’t know how to react. Cats become unsettled, and that’s when behavioral changes set in.
To offset these changes, confine your kitty to one room. Place their bed, food, water, litter box, and a couple of toys in there with them.
They’ll soon realize this room is theirs and begin to feel more comfortable. When they begin to wander beyond that threshold, they’ll know that room is a safe one.
Include Familiar Smells Around the House
You may have noticed at one point or another your cat rubbing itself against an object. They rub against objects to inject their scent into whatever they claim as theirs.
The key to a household move with a cat is to include items that have their scent into the new house. Once they find them, it gives them a sense of comfort and safety. The same goes for dogs.
As for the litter box, you may want to leave it uncleaned during the move. This way, your cat will notice his or her scent inside of it. You won’t have to worry about them not using the litter box.
Let Them Be
If you notice your cat is hiding under the bed for long periods of time, don’t worry. It’s normal for cats to hide after a big change.
When they’re ready, they’ll come out. They’re still getting used to all the new smells and sounds. Forcefully dragging them out will only cause more stress.
Wrapping Up on Household Relocation
Huge changes that happen quickly are stressful for cats. When the time comes to move, remember to gradually introduce them to the new place and let them take their time.
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