If you are moving your household a long distance and have a cat, you may wonder if there is any way you can make your furry friend's trip easier. If so, use the following tips to make your cat feel more at home, as well as see to its basic needs.
Make Your Cat's Carrier Feel Like Home
Before putting your cat in its carrier, try to make it feel as much like home as possible. Especially if your cat is not used to traveling in a vehicle, it may be very anxious and upset during the move.
For example, if your cat has a favorite blanket, use it as padding on the floor of the carrier. Do not wash it beforehand since the smells of your old home will still linger in the fabric's fibers. You could also place a small pillow or cushion that your cat frequently lays on at home.
If your cat has a favorite toy, put it in there with your feline friend. Not only does it give your cat a sense of normalcy, but the toy can also keep your kitty entertained during the trip.
Pack Travel-Sized Portions Of Food And Water
Depending on how long the journey to your new home is and how often you feed and water your cat, pack enough food and water to make the trip in a separate bag or box that you can keep with you in your car or truck. This keeps you from having to scrounge through the moving van to find what you need.
When packing the food, use small zippered plastic bags that hold one meal each. This keeps you from having to pour and measure out the food while you're away from home. For water, plan on a bottle of water for each time you want to give your cat a drink.
Teach Your Cat To Walk On A Leash
Eventually, your cat is going to need to use the bathroom. While you could just let it do its business in the crate, this would require you to stop and clean out the carrier. One other option is to teach your cat to walk on a leash prior to your trip so you can take your cat out to use the bathroom whenever you stop to go.
One way to do this is to hold your cat and gently place a collar on its neck. After a few hours of getting used to the collar, attach the leash, then practice walking around the house with your cat on it. While it may be resistant at first, your furry friend should grow accustomed to being led around.
The above are just a few tips to help you move when you have a cat. If you have other questions, you may want to speak with your long-distance household moving company to discuss your concerns.
For household moving, contact a company such as Wheaton World Wide Moving.Share