Moving house can be the start of an exciting adventure in a new place. Unfortunately, your cat may not see it this way when they find themselves in unfamiliar surroundings. At The Insurance Emporium, we want any relocation you and your pet might have to go as magically as possible. That’s why we’ve put together these tips for moving house with a feline friend.
Getting ready to go
In the days before you move house, your cat could become unsettled while familiar furniture and objects are put into boxes. To deal with this, you could keep your furry friend in one room that remains untouched until moving day. It might take a week or so to get your cat used to staying in this room only. Otherwise, you could book them into a cattery or have them stay with a family friend.
When moving day arrives, there are some things you could do to make the journey less stressful for your cat. Move them into a cat carrier that they can get comfortable in and can’t escape from. Putting a blanket over it or spraying a pheromone inside could help to keep your pet calm. Ensure the carrier is secured, such as strapping it in with a seatbelt in the car, so that it can’t move while you’re travelling.
Once you arrive at your new home, it’s likely to take some time for your cat to adjust. Getting them set up in a new room by putting their cat toys and litter tray inside it could help your pet settle into their new surroundings. It might be useful to introduce them to new rooms, one by one, as they become more confident in the new house. The next point might be particularly useful with this.
As your cat will be surrounded by unfamiliar smells when they first move in, they might feel uncomfortable until they have been able to rub their scent around. You could help with this by rubbing their face and neck with a cloth and then rubbing this cloth around the house. As well as putting your cat’s scent around the house, using a pheromone diffuser could help your cat to become more comfortable.
It’s worth keeping your cat indoors for at least the first two weeks of living in a new house, while they become familiar with the place. When your furry friend is ready, begin letting them outside for short periods of time. You could use meal times and treats to tempt them back into the house. Before you start letting your cat out, it might be worth ensuring their microchip and collar are up to date in case they get lost.
While your cat might feel a bit apprehensive about moving house at first, a bit of care and know-how could help them settle in well. Yet, just in case something goes wrong, it could be worth having pet insurance. The Insurance Emporium’s Cat Insurance policies could include cover for Loss By Theft Or Straying for up to £1,500*. New customers could also get a 20% Introductory Discount^ and a further 10% Multi-Pet Discount. If you want to get moving with a quote, stop by The Insurance Emporium today!
*Only available on Gold levels of Time Limited, Maximum Benefit and Lifetime lunar monthly policies.
^20% Introductory Discount only available for the first year of new policies.
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