Getting ready to move is often stressful enough. Add to that the worries of moving your beloved feline and taking the proper steps to ensure the safe and comfortable arrival of your baby to the new place, and it’s enough to drive even the most devoted cat lover mad.
Never fret, fellow feline fanatics (no WAY we’re saying THAT three times fast)! A member of our staff recently faced this dilemma, with multiple cats (and completed the mission successfully, we’re proud to add!), and we’re here to say, with confidence, that we can help! Read on for tips on how to move cats of just about any type (and temperament) with ease.
Is your cat a nervous traveler? Does he or she tend to get sick to his or her stomach (or suffer from torn-up tummy) when going for a ride? There are several ways to reduce, or even prevent, this malady. First, start by not feeding your cat for about 6-8 hours before you put him or her in the car. Trust us; it’s not as cruel as he or she will lead you to believe! Your cat will travel better (and feel better during the trip) on an empty stomach!
Also, try sprinkling some catnip inside the crate/travelling bed. If your feline enjoys catnip, he or she will have a little something to keep him/herself occupied on the trip, plus something that will help him or her sleep. If your cat doesn’t often partake of catnip, he or she can still get some benefit from lying on the ground up leaves (or any bed linings you spritz with catnip spray) and absorbing some of the herb through his or her skin.
Stubborn Fur Babies
Even the sweetest, most docile felines can become quite hard-headed and difficult to handle when their hooman pets try to force them to do something they have zero interest in doing, ever. If your cat’s only experiences riding in cars or traveling in carriers or crates involves going to the vet for shots and prodding, he or she will likely rebel against your efforts with every bit of feline strength they can muster (and, for such small animals, that is a LOT!).
If you’re able, burn lavender or chamomile candles or incense throughout your house up until the big move. You can also buy calming collars (made from basically the same stuff). Also, if your cat, for whatever reason, seems to like harnesses (sounds crazy to some people, but some cats feel comforted by the snugness of a harness), strap him or her up in one before crating. DON’T try to introduce a harness if they’ve never been in one before, however; that would likely just add stress to the whole moving thing. If not, however, you can try tilting the crate/carrier (opening up, of course) so you can GENTLY slide your baby inside. He or she may still resist a little, but we promise this will not hurt your precious kitty (as long as you proceed with care)!
You can also add some of your feline’s favorite toys to the crate, or (with your vet’s approval, of course!) give him or her some form of mild sedative a couple of hours before preparing him or her for travel.
Does your cat go absolutely bonkers whenever you try to put him or her in a closed in container? Many cat owners are shocked when their darlings turn all teeth-and-claws over such a trivial (seeming) issue… but that’s actually pretty normal! After all, how would YOU feel if someone tried to shove YOU in a small, closed-in box?
Don’t worry; we have a couple of ideas for this, too! Wrap him or her in a favorite blanket or an oversized shirt of yours (if they don’t have one just yet, try letting them sleep with one for a few days before you’re ready to move them) before attempting to place them in the carrier. Keep it loose enough that they can wiggle free if they choose once inside the crate, but tight enough to avoid flailing claws when you put them inside. Spray the shirt or blanket with catnip and/or lavender spray, as well as the lining of the carrier/crate. As we mentioned earlier, if you cat likes catnip, generously sprinkle some inside the crate, sort of like a peace offering.
Also, trim the kitty’s claws a couple of days before the move. That way, they will be short and smooth, not rough or sensitive from being freshly clipped. This might also be another situation in which you might want to consult your vet about a sedation method; not just for you, but for the safety of your cat, as well.
Any Successful Moves in the House?
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