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Moving is stressful for humans, and it’s even more stressful for cats. Cats are creatures of habit who hate having their routine disrupted, but there are things you can do to make the entire process less taxing for both cat and human.

This is the last post in a three-part series about moving with cats. Part one addressed how to prepare for a move. In part two, we provided tips on how to make moving day as stress free as possible, whether you’re moving locally or all the way across the country.

Today, we’ll offer some tips on how you can help your cats settle into your new home.

Cat proof your new home

Before you even move your cat into your new home, cat proof the entire house. Make sure window screens are secure. Check for any areas where a scared cat could hide and close them off. Make sure that any chemicals such as pest control traps or cleaning supplies that may have been left behind by the previous owners are removed.

Set up a safe space for your cat

Set up a quiet room for your cat that includes a litter box, fresh water, and his comfort items. If your cat is used to sleeping with you, your bedroom is the perfect choice for this safe room. Scatter some cat treats around the room before you let the cat out of her carrier to explore. “The first thing we always do is get Duncan out of the car and into a room with a litter box, water, and small amount of food and his crate so he can  hide and chill out while we are getting settled,” said Mary, who moved and snow birded many times with her cats.

For the first few days in the new home, especially while you’re still unpacking boxes, it may be a good idea to confine the cat to her quiet room. Make sure you spend time with your cat in her safe room, no matter how busy you are with unpacking and getting settled. Your cat needs to know that some things haven’t changed.

Let your cat explore slowly

Slowly start giving your cat access to the rest of the house and let him explore gradually. Supervise your cat during these exploration sessions until he’s comfortable. During this phase of the move, you should place litter boxes in their permanent locations. If you’re planning on getting rid of the litter box in the safe room, make sure your cat is using the other boxes first.

When Linda and her partner Joe moved with 11-year-old cats Chauncey and Grace and 8-year-old Maggie Mae from North Palm Beach, FL to St. Louis, MO, they chose a rather unusual method: they hired a private jet to make the move as stress-free as possible. They also hired a transition moving consultant, who set up litter pans for the cats at their new home in advance. When they arrived, Linda opened all three carriers simultaneously so each cat could leave the carrier at their own pace. “Chauncey and Maggie Mae exited immediately,” said Linda. “Gracie took a couple of hours to assess the situation before she left her carrier.”

No two cats will react to the stress of a move the same way. Some cats will immediately explore and take over their new house, while others will take weeks to venture out of their safe room. Let your cat’s temperament be your guide as to how long this initial settling in phase needs to take.

About Sleepypod’s Carriers

Sleepypoid’s multifunctional carriers are ideal carriers for moving. They can be used as cozy napping spots at home, and easily convert to safe car seats or airline carriers.

Sleepypod-mobile-pet-bed

The Sleepypod Mobile Pet Bed is so much more than just a carrier. It’s a luxury bed, lined with ultraplush foam. The domed cover unzips easily, so you can adapt it to your cat’s sleeping preference even while using it inside your home. Some cats may prefer the top removed, others may like the security of the cover.

When used as a carrier, the Sleepypod not only lets your cat travel in comfort, it’s also the safest cat carrier on the market. Velcro positioning points that secure a seat belt in place turn the Sleepypod into a safe car seat. The Pet Passenger Restraint System (PPRS) is a safety system designed by Sleepypod to secure a pet in a vehicle and restrict harmful movement resulting from a sudden vehicle stop or frontal collision. Sleepypod puts all their carriers through stringent safety tests at the same standards set for child safety restraints.

Sleepypod-Air

If you’ve ever had to research traveling by plane with your cat, you have most likely run into confusing size restrictions, depending on which airline you check with. The Sleepypod Air’s innovative design addresses this issue by providing size versatility through flexibility. The unique design allows the carrier to contract to fit under the seat during takeoff and landing. Once the plane is in the air, the carrier can easily be expanded so that your cat can have the largest possible space underneath the seat.

For more information about Sleepypod and all of their products, please visit Sleepypod.com.

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8 Comments on Moving with Cats Part Three: Settling Into Your New Home

  1. Hey, Gang…
    Love to hear from everyone!

    I will have to move to a new home, sometime soon. My 2 indoor girls, (Lucy,20, and Twinkle,,,11-ish) live together now in the home of my deceased parents. Lucy, – 20 years old, was my mom’s kitty, she’s NOW mine. Twinkle,11-ish, is a wild woman… found a a feral kitten, neutered and saved… she’s MY kitty( as IF she “belongs ” to ANYONE. She’s VERY jealous and possessive of any time I spend with little,old Lucy, and will torment her, chasing her, keeping her away from the main water source,( but I have MANY, believe me!)
    VERY, VERY STRESSFUL….VERY
    My #3 kitty is neutered female I’ve been caring for for nearly 4 years. She’s gotta come WITH me, I can’t leave her here… she’s lived on our deck for all those years… Now, she’ll have to adapt to indoor life, solitary, for the time being. She won’t allow me any closer to her than about 5 feet. I have a problem! I am really worried about all 3 of them!
    How, in the WORLD, am I gonna make this WORK… I’m really scared for my 20 yo, and my little feral,about 4yo? Maybe? Maybe 5yo?
    I’m scared stupid about all this. All I care about is the safety and mental well-being of my girls…

    • I can so relate to your situation…..the cats are like family.
      Being in limbo right now, the only things I can do is have faith and trust.
      I have been in such uncertain times before, and it has always worked out, better than I could have imagined.
      So I do what I can each day, and not keep thinking about tomorrow.
      Something that I do is ask myself if I have done everything I can today, and then I will give myself permission to worry again tomorrow.
      That really helped me.

    • I can so relate to your situation…..the cats are like family.
      Being in limbo right now, the only things I can do is have faith and trust.
      I have been in such uncertain times before, and it has always worked out, better than I could have imagined.
      So I do what I can each day, and not keep thinking about tomorrow.
      Something that I do is ask myself if I have done everything I can today, and then I will give myself permission to worry again tomorrow.
      That really helped me.

  2. I have Tasha’s carrier on the stair landing. She sleeps in there sometimes, but it is good to have it there in case of emergency.

    • Is Tasha your friend? Or is she a thorough? If she is pharaoh, how did you tame her? I’m so worried about my little feral girl…Suzie…

      I Believe I’m supposed to care for her, comma but she won’t allow me near her. It’s very sad, and very disappointing. I know that Susie must come with me, because once I leave my parents home there will be nobody here to feed the little feral girl and and a little brother, (I think, who is pure black with brilliant green eyes and just lovely. NOT friends with Suzie (OR me!)
      REALLY, REALLT WILD, and SOOO BEAUTIFUL! Been feeding HIM, too! Pretty sure this gorgeous cat is male… He often turns up with scratches on his face and teeth marks in his ears. And. And hes never turned up pregnant in the last 2 years, so I so I therefore, exception as exception as a male feral cat. He is absolutely gorgeous, I call him Precious.
      So, gang, comma what are we to do about this cat situation??? It’s very troubling. I could really use some input.

      Thank you for reading And caring And listening. We all love these cats with our entire hearts, don’t we? Don’t we have to help each other? Don’t we HAVE to?

      I so badly want to save my to save my crazy cats I love you all enduringly, love ren I so badly want to save my to save my crazy cats I love you all, enduringly,

      love Wren

  3. How timely is this….I will be moving at some point….don’t know yet when or where…I am on a waiting list for subsidized housing.

    It will be a one bedroom place, And what makes me so sad is that the cats will have to be indoors, after having had 14 years of a wonderful property to roam on. I look at them outside and it breaks my heart to think of them in a small place.
    They are brothers but not buddies….

    • Depending on where you move to, you may be able to make them a catio. I have a balcony in my upstairs one bedroom apartment. I simply attached wooden strips to the stucco, framing the open air portion of the structure and used a staple gun to frame it. It literally changed my cats lives and my life! They love it. I have a big wicker chair, an elevated cage with a hammock, cat friendly plants and their litter boxes out there. They have a view of all the action on the street below, plus the distant harbor and the ships as the come to port, not to mention the surrounding trees and birds that occupy them. Also, the fact that I have screened in my balcony is not even noticeable when you look up at my place from the outside. Just do it if you can. You do not need a balcony to make a catio though. Just check out youtube. Either way, remember, you are their mom and you have provided them with a home. Good luck!

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