Depending on your cats personality, moving to a new home may be easy or stressful for them. We've put together four tips to help make the transition more smooth.
Step 1: Bringing The Familiar
Unpacking a new home can take a very long time, there are lots of decisions to be made and things to be sorted. So it is understandable that your cat's belongings may get forgotten. But even if you are planning on upgrading their toys, it is important to bring their old favourite things with you. Unpack them and set them up in an appropriate spot as soon as possible.
The smell will comfort them and remind them that not everything has changed, and that they still have a spot in your home.
Step 2: Give Them Views
It can be very stressful for cats to be hearing new sounds without being able to see where they are coming from. Even if the sounds have not changed, their senses will be more alert because of all of the new smells. They will want to be able to see as much of what's going on as possible.
Set up boxes and ledges with comfortable seats under windows. Let your cat have as many views and freedom to explore as possible so that they can find out for themselves that there is nothing more dangerous about this place.
In time, your cat will adjust to the new surrounding just like you will. If you can get through the first couple of weeks with these tips then you will soon have your happy relaxed cat again.
This post was written by Sarah Nicholson, a guest blogger and friend of the clinic.