We just moved and my cat is not too happy about it. How can I make this transition easier?

Moving is among the most stressful changes in life for humans. Imagine what pets are thinking when ‘home sweet home’ is packed up and relocated.

While you and your family may be excited about your new home, your pet may feel confused or disoriented and will take some time to adjust to the new surroundings. Be patient and offer lots of love and affection to soothe their nerves.

There are many things you can do to prepare a pet for a move before you actually relocate and during those first few weeks in the new home. Since you’re already in your new residence, just pretend you’re starting over to acclimate kitty to the new home.

For the first few days in a new home, cats will benefit from being confined to a single room while you organize the rest of the home. Unpack their bedding, toys, food and water dish and litter box and consider a window perch for them to enjoy the new view. After a few days, introduce cats to one new room at a time, always reminding them where the litter box is located. Return them to the original room for some alone time, allowing them to feel security in the most familiar room. Eventually, kitty will gain comfort and confidence and will adjust to the new digs.

If your new home is in a new city or state, be sure to choose a new veterinarian for your pet and know where the clinic is located. Talk to neighbors or contact local veterinary association for help. Also, find the nearest emergency vet hospital and take a practice drive to find it so you don’t waste precious time in a crisis.


Written by:
Kristen Levine, pet lifestyle expert

September 05, 2009

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