Moving with pets

June 25, 2014

Moving home in Geelong? We’ve got some tips to keep your cat happy.

Moving is a stressful experience for we humans. That stress is compounded for our furry friends, with whom we are incapable of having a chat over dinner to explain precisely what will be happening when we move to a new home.

Most cats are not big fans of change. If they could choose, they would generally prefer to stay where they were comfortable and settled. And it’s not just the house that an animal settles in to – they have also created an existence where they have relationships carved out with the other local pets and wildlife. Like us, those relationships and boundaries have to be developed all over again when we move.

Making the transition to a new home as stress-free as possible will have big benefits for you too, including reducing the risk of fear-based soiling in the new home, excessive meowing and crying, hiding, escape attempts and aggression.

If, for example, you are leaving Melbourne and heading for a new home in Geelong, we would advise the following three moving tips: pre-move preparations, the move itself, and getting settled into the new home.

Preparation

  • Allow your cat time to get used to his or her carrier. Leave it sitting close by with its door open. Leave a comfy pillow or blanket inside, and it would be even better if it is one your pet has used before. Every now and then leave a few pet-treats inside the carrier so that they can become accustomed to the space.
  • Bring out some of your moving boxes a few weeks before you need to start packing so that your pet has time to get used to them being in their environment.
  • If your cat is particularly skittish, nervous or easily stressed, visit your vet and talk to them about using anti-anxiety medication to make the moving process less difficult on him or her.

The move itself

  • On the day of the move, ensure your cat is securely shut away in a room the movers don’t have to access – the bathroom or laundry are often a good idea. You don’t want your cat dashing out the door.
  • Feed your animals a very small breakfast on moving day to reduce any stomach upset.
  • If you are choosing to take your pet with you in your vehicle rather than using a pet transport service, remember to carry a roll of packing tape in case the carrier needs emergency repairs along the way.

The new home!

  • Make sure your new house is cat-proof before arriving. Are windows securely closed? Confirm that no pest-control poison traps have been left in or around the house.
  • On arrival, take your cat to a room that will remain relatively quiet. Before opening the carrier, put out a dish of water and food, litter box and any familiar pillows or toys. Place a few cat treats around the room to encourage your pet to explore.
  • Allow your cat to gradually get used to the sights, sounds and smells of their new home. This can take a few days and will him or her to settle in without becoming overwhelmed.
  • Once the urgency of moving and unpacking settles down, introduce your pet to the rest of the house. Remember to supervise your cat for the first few days when they explore their new home.
  • You know your cat better than anyone. After a few days of access to the whole house, start to introduce him or her to the garden. Again, start with small periods of time and gradually extend the time they spend outside.

Whether you are moving from Adelaide, Sydney, Ballarat  or Geelong, moving tips from ACE Removals will make your relocation as easy and stress-free as possible. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any concerns or queries about your upcoming move, or if you are ready to lock-in a date.