John Cho is the founder of Moving FC, a site he created to help others find free moving boxes in their area. John got the idea to create this infographic after he forgot to do a few important things when moving his pet to a new home. As a pet owner, it's important to remind yourself that moving isn't just stressful for you, it's also stressful for your cats as well.
Are you a cat owner who will be making the move soon to a new home? Well, don't forget that moving will be a stressful experience for your feline friend as well! Cats by nature are territorial animals so moving to a new environment can be overwhelming for them. Fortunately, there are steps you can take before, during, and after the move to help your cat adjust. In the following infographic by Moving FC, you can get some quick tips on what to do for your cat.
Before the Big Move
Research is an important step to making a seamless move to the new home. Even if you do hire a real estate agent to find a new home, you should still spend some of your own time to research things like pet ownership regulations and new vet hospitals. Once you have located your new home, make sure you confirm with building management that cat ownership is allowed. Some places may want you to register your cat first before you move in so don't take any chances and confirm those details with the landlord.
If you are making a long-distance move then make sure you also invest in a sturdy travel crate for your cat. A few weeks before the move, start to help your cat adjust by putting him or her in the crate and traveling around the neighborhood for one or two hours.
During the Move
Find a friend or family member who would be willing to take care of your cat while boxes are being moved out. If that's not an option then keep your cat well away from the moving mayhem by keeping him or her in a quiet, secure room.
Also, once the time comes to travel with your cat, don't feed him or her right before departing. Rather, feed your cat a few hours before. This will reduce the chances of your cat having an upset stomach during the journey.
After the Move
Congratulations! You have finally made it to your new home but your responsibilities don't end there. Before you introduce your cat to the new home, spend some time inspecting the house or apartment for any cat hazards like household chemicals. Make sure those items are kept well away from your cat's reach. Once you have fully moved in, don't forget to visit your new vet to give your cat a post-move health check up.