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Moving with Cats
Moving with cats can be especially difficult. Cats tend to become more attached to their environment rather than to people. When relocating with a cat, it is necessary to prepare in advance. Show your cat plenty of attention and constantly reassure it with familiar items and scents so the move does not come as a shock. Cats may not be as familiar traveling in cars as dogs are. Several weeks prior to the move, it is recommended that you take your cat on short trips in the car around the neighborhood and then slowly increase the distance.
On moving day, confine your cat in its favorite room along with its favorite bed and toys. This is to make sure that it won't run away. Seeing everything packed and empty may make the cat feel unstable. Pack a travel case for your cat and count on numerous rest stops.
As you settle into your new home, spend some more time with your cat. Sit down with it and provide your cat with a comfortable living space. Keep it in and around the house for as long as it takes them to become acclimated. Limit the cats' explorations to just the new house and then gradually accompany it on tours outside.
Confining the cat may seem a bit cruel, but cats are more likely to run back to the old house, no matter the distance. This process could last up to a month before the cat becomes completely familiar with the new house, the scents, and noises it makes on the new carpet and floors.
If you are moving to an area with a different climate, for example, from Florida to Minnesota, it is advisable for you to consult with your veterinarian.
What to pack in your pet's suitcase
Whether you are moving locally or a longer distance, make the drive with your pet more accommodating by packing a travel case. The following is a list of items to pack in your pet's suitcase.
  • The contact information of your regular veterinarian and a referral vet at your new residence.
  • Medical records.
  • Spare collars with ID tags and leashes.
  • Plenty of bottled water. Your pets' stomachs can be upset by a sudden change in the water.
  • Enough pet food and treats for the entire trip.
  • Can openers.
  • Several water and food dishes.
  • Plastic spoons for mixing and dishing out the food.
  • Your pets' favorite toys and blankets.
  • Combs, brushes, and flea powder.
  • Plastic bags for picking up waste.
  • Paper towels and sponges.
  • Cotton balls and q-tips to clean eyes and ears.
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