Moving with cats

Moving with cats

Moving to a new home is always very exciting for us humans. We break old tents and start again in a new environment. Our cats often see it differently. They are reluctant to leave their old territory, so relocation is a sheer stress to them. With a few tips, you still manage to bring the move with the cats stressless and harmonious across the stage.

Important preparations before the move

So that the stress for the animals is limited, you should already as possible Begin with some preparations a few weeks before the move.

Practice driving

Many cats are not new to driving because they have often had to be transported to the vet. However, very few animals find transportation in the car pleasant. Especially if a longer transport route is required on the move day, you should practice driving with the cat first. The following tips will help you:

  • Place the transport box open in your apartment and lay it out with a soft blanket. Soon the cat will not be afraid of it and may even volunteer to sleep.
  • Clicker training is also a great way to practice with the cat, to go into the transport box on your own Under no circumstances should you forcibly force the cat into the pits, as it will forever associate the transport box with a negative experience.
  • As soon as your cat stays relaxed in the closed box, you can practice driving. First, make small laps and then travel larger distances.
  • If the journey takes more than an hour and your cat is very anxious anyway, you should think about using medicines. Gentle remedies such as emergency drops with Bach flowers or cat pheromones are suitable for this purpose. In really tough cases, you can get a vet sedative prescribed by the vet. Then the animal notices almost nothing of the entire procession.

Pay Attention to the Animals

When everything changes in the cat's environment, familiar game and feeding routines are particularly important. Cats need as habit animals a lot of structure and regular processes in their everyday lives. They notice the smallest changes and often react to the boxing of their people with fear. Even if you're going to be under stress yourself because of your move: Keep the usual play and grooming rituals so your velvet paw has a constant in the stressful time.

Take care when packing

Most people are starting some already Weeks before moving with packing the boxes. Cat owners should be careful, as many box tigers do not care about the numerous boxes.

Curious cats are attracted by open boxes and cupboards. Take advantage of this and let your baby cuddle play or watch while packing.

Feared velvet paws should be moved to another room because they feel insecure even by the slightest change.

Do not clean the cat toy

So Your cat in the new environment has something familiar, you should not clean their toys a few days before the move.

A district change is stressful enough for the cat. Therefore, avoid additional changes: New toys are now taboo! The cat will feel much more comfortable on her old scratching post anyway.

As soon as your cat gets settled in its new area, you can gradually replace old toys and clean out the cat's stuff.

Sensitive cats should be evicted

There are very sensitive cats that react with massive stress at the beginning of their move. They crawl under the sofa, refuse the food or get dirty. In such cases it is definitely advisable to remove the velvet paw. Surely you have animal-loving friends or relatives who look after your cat for a few days or weeks. A good cat board is also well-suited for this purpose.

Tips for a stress-free move with your cats

So that nothing can go wrong on the move day and all parties have as little stress as possible, you should consider the points in the following checklist:

Is the new home safe for a cat?

  • Are there any familiar items in the new apartment?
  • Where are the kittens housed?
  • Where does the cat stay on the move day when you load the car?
  • Is there a sufficiently safe transport basket available?
  • How do you package the most important cat utensils so that they are immediately accessible upon arrival?
  • Do you have tranquilizers or Bach flowers for emergency use?
  • Will you have enough food and litter? For the first few days in your new home?
  • Who will look after the cat reliably on the move?
  • Ideally, you should place your cat in an empty room in the old apartment on the move day. There are all the items that are important to your cat to the last, such as the transport box, the food and water bowls, the litter box and the favorite toy. Lock the room so nobody accidentally opens the door and the cat disappears through the open front door. Only when the moving car is ready, the cat is put in the car. Of course she should be allowed to drive with you in the car and not be transported in the truck of the moving company. As you drive, you can talk to the beast, for the familiar sound of your voice will soothe the velvet paw.

In the new home: How the tiger-tigers quickly settle in

When you arrive at your new apartment, you have that Worst survived. Now, most of the time, the animal needs time to adapt to the new environment. Here too, there are a few things to keep in mind.

The cat should be allowed to explore their new home bit by bit

It is best to first provide the cat with a room in the house. There you place the bowls, the litter box, the scratching post and the toy. In the beginning, the door of the room remains closed so that the cat feels safe. As soon as you realize that the velvet paw is no longer afraid and comfortable in this room, you open the door. Let the cat decide when to leave their retreat and explore the rest of the apartment. Some animals are very curious and go exploring immediately. Other cats and kittens may take a few days to get out of the room for the first time.

Catnip makes for happiness

Catnip is an insider's tip for anxious cats. The scent of mint triggers in the tomb tigers outright happiness. Distribute catnip in several places in the new apartment, then the velvet paws curious and live faster in their home. Toys with catnip are also suitable.

Do not buy all new furniture at once

Moving is often accompanied by the purchase of new furniture. But a new sofa or bed can cause more confusion for the cat. It is better to first of all take the old pieces of furniture into the new apartment. They give your baby tiger a sense of familiarity and security. Replace the pieces of furniture gradually, if your cat has already settled in.

A cat-fair decor is the nuts and bolts

How well your cat feels in the new area, depends decisively on the establishment of the Flat. For this you can follow the following advice:

Scratching Trees Should Be Set Up Close to the Window

  • In addition, the scratching posts should be close to human beings, because the four-legged friends would like to participate in their lives
  • Many scraping occasions such as scratching boards or scratching waves allow the cat to mark their new territory without them Urine must be used
  • A catwalk on the wall offers baby tigers in small apartments great viewing platforms and climbing opportunities
  • Retreats like caves or baskets are especially important at the beginning
  • If a balcony is available, it can also be used for the cat
  • In principle, the faster all the furniture and the cat equipment are in their final place, the easier it will be for the cat to settle in.

The free-fallers will have to go to room

Moving around with free-range cats is often once again much more difficult than the move with pure cats. Since they are very freedom-loving, they often do not keep it in the apartment long. They become restless, scratch at the door, meow loudly and may even become unclean.

It is not advisable to keep a cat that is already used to freewheeling after the move as a housing cat. She will most likely develop behavioral problems. Therefore, the new apartment should be selected so that clearance can be allowed again.

Under no circumstances may a free-range cat be released into the open air immediately after moving. No matter how much your velvet paw begs for clearance, be sure to stay tough. She must first get used to her new home and really feel at home in her area. Especially if the new apartment is only a few kilometers away from the old home, otherwise there is a risk that the cat will run back to its old district. But even if the old home is out of reach, a freewheeler who is released too early may be lost in the new environment. For this reason, we recommend that you keep keepers in the apartment for at least four to six weeks after the move. Only then may she slowly enjoy excursions in the great outdoors. For most free-range cats, parental arrest is the worst part of the procession, so you should make this time more bearable with lots of play and cuddles.


The cat is even more attached to their territory than, say, a dog. That's why moving to a new home is a lot of stress for them. If you plan and carry out the move like a cat, the stress level is kept to a minimum and ensures that the velvet paw can quickly settle in the new area.

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