Set up a quiet room for your cat in your current house, around a week before the big move. Fill it with her things: bed, toys, litter tray, food and water, and gradually introduce her to this safe space. When moving day arrives, leave your cat in here undisturbed, with the doors and windows closed.
Helping your cat settle in:
Let your cat fully settle before letting them outside You may be tempted to let your cat outside the house sooner rather than later, but it is generally a good idea to allow at least two-three weeks and up to four-six weeks before introducing them to even more new territory outside.
Although moving is stressful for all of the members of the household, cats are especially sensitive and can be easily traumatized by the upheaval. Through careful planning and early preparations you can help them adjust to the changes and minimize their stress.
It may take your cat a week or two to adjust.
How to Help Cats Adjust After a Stressful Move
Cats should be kept indoors for at least three weeks to allow them time to regard the new house as a secure place and to build up a scent profile to help them find their way back. Before letting your cat out, make sure they are microchipped so if they wander off they can be traced easily.
Introduce your cat to his new home gradually, restricting him to one room at first. Isolate other animals from your new cat during this time. Supervise children, advising them to always be gentle with the cat. Have the litter box ready when you remove the cat from the carrier.
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First, we should not assume that your cat’s personality change is behavioral. Among other things, the stress of moving to a new home can cause cat illnesses and/or your cat may have become ill just before the move. Dominance can play a huge factor in the amount of affection a cat may show to his or her owners.
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Any stress around moving boxes is likely related to their unfamiliar smell, so if your cat is showing anxious behaviors, spritz some organic catnip spray on a box to make them more enticing (preferably one you don’t intend to use, since catnip spray may make your cat scratch or bite it), or use a spray like Feliway,
Cats make a pheromone when they feel secure which helps them identify home. Cats spread this pheromone around their home by rubbing their faces on things. You can buy plug-in diffusers or sprays that infuse this pheromone into the air – this helps cats feel calmer and safer.
Ideally, the right time to let your kitten roam the house at night is when it’s already been litter trained and fully accustomed to its surroundings. There is no guaranteed time frame as getting your kitten settled in is a gradual process. Your kitten might get lost.
Also, cats often miss their previous owners when rehomed and try to find their way back. If you’ve just moved or taken in a new cat, keep a sharp eye on him for the first three weeks or so until he gets settled in his new place.
Butter Your Cat’s Paws Buttering up your cat’s paws prevents her from running off too quickly and forgetting how she got so far when you let her out for the first time. Instead of rushing out the door in excitement your cat will sit down outside and lick her paws.