Cat is a territorial animal, who develops very strong bonds with surrounded environment. As a result, house moves are potentially stressful while moving along with them. It is indeed very difficult to locate them into the new environment within short time. If you are just moving nearby, then there is a very high chance that they may return to the old house by finding similar routes. Following are some of the basic points which may help in a secure Domestic Pet Relocation.
1. Keep Moving Things Around Their Stuffs: Animals identify things by their smell and get used to them. It is advisable to keep container in which you are planning to move your cat, to be kept around their food and bed. This can be done 15 days in advance. So they become used to the smell of it and feel safe while move to the new home in that container.
2. The Important Moving Day: Before the removal process starts, it is suggested to place your cat in one room, ideally your bedroom. Think about where this furniture will be kept in the new location as your cat may see this as safer place in the future. Put the cat carrier, bed, feeding bowl, water bowl and litter tray in the room and make sure that the door and windows remain shut. You should put a notice board on the door so that removal crew and family realize that this door should be kept shut while packing.
The contents of the bedroom can be placed in the van last, after all other rooms’ articles are packed. Before the bed room furniture is removed, your cat should be placed in the cat carrier which was kept around her for many days and put securely in the car to make the journey to the new location. By mistake also do not move your cat in the removal van or in the boot of the car, as it wants personal care in these emotional moments.
If it is a summer time, make sure the car is well ventilated and never leave the cat inside even if you stopping a car on the way to stretch yourself. In long journey, you may offer water or a chance to use a cat tray, although most cats will not be even interested doing so out of anxiety.
3. A peaceful Relocation is Suggested: Once you arrive at your new home, the bedroom furniture should be at the back of the van will be the first to be installed in the new home. These were the last furniture your cat was with at the old house, so try to locate everything as it was in the old house, at least for some days. Once the room is ready to move in, your cat can be placed inside with its bed, food and water bowl and litter tray. Shut the door and if possible a family member can sit in the room with your cat for a while as it explores to the new environment. Offer your cat some food and water.
Once the removal procedure has been completed, your cat can be allowed to move around to inspect the rest of the house, one room at a time. It is essential to remain as calm as possible as a sign to your cat that it is a very secure and comfortable environment to be. Make sure that all external doors and windows are shut so they don’t find any escape in anxiety. You may also be careful while allowing your cat unsupervised to the kitchen or utility room as nervous individuals can often seek refuge in narrow space behind appliances, which may end up in some accident
4. Assist your Cat to settle in at the New Location: It is suggested to keep your cat indoors for at least 2-3 weeks to get familiar with the new environment. Provide them with small meals at frequent intervals. It is suggested to maintain routines adopted of your previous home to give a feeling of continuity and familiarity. Excessive care should be taken for indoor cat as a new environment will be potentially uneasy. This may take a little longer to adapt but having familiar furniture will always help in a peaceful relocation.
One more effective way is to rub a cloth on cat’s back to take the smell as they feel secure with their own smell. Then rub it onto the different walls and furniture of whole house at cat’s height. This can be repeated regularly for few days. When cat will move into the house and smell its own fragrance then definitely it will be more anxiety free and peaceful. The more they will find their own smell around on different things, the more they will get adjusted quickly.
5. Gradually Take the Cat Outside: Don’t be in hurry to take your cat outdoors and keep it indoors for a couple of weeks to get used to the new place. It is suggested not to carry your cat outside on your own, rather allow it to decide if it wants to explore or not. Make sure that your cat has some form of identification around neck with its name, address and contact phone number to identify if lost. It is also safe to microchip your cat to ensure it can be returned if it gets lost. If it is already micro chipped, then remember to inform the registered company about your change of address and phone numbers of new home.
Always chase away any other cats if you see them in your garden, as your cat will require your help to establish its territory. Gradually introduce your cat to the outdoors by initially opening the door and going together into the garden with them. This will create a bond of safety for your pet. Keep the door always open initially, so that cat can returns into house easily if something frightens it outdoors.
We, hope these will be a big help in initial stage of settling into a new home.