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Q: moving a cat

April 15, 2009 | By Linda T. | 10 answers | Expired: 1918 days ago

moving a cat

we are moving in a couple of months and have one beautiful cat, Angel. She's always lived in our present house. I've never moved a pet. Is it best to move the pet first or last? Any tips would be greatly appreciated.

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Jayke
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Apr 15, 2009

First of all, your cat is beautiful!
It's best to move a cat last, make sure that you confine her to one room while you are moving so that she doesn't get out in all of the confusion.
You want to start your cat out in a small space in the new home, like a spare bedroom, someplace that isn't used much and is quiet.
Put her litter box, food, and scratching post in there, along with a place for her to hide if she is scared (under a bed or in a closet is fine.
After a few days, gradually increase the amount of the house your cat has access to.
This is done because cats aren't like dogs, they get stressed about changes in their environment, if she is suddenly thrust into this completely new and large environment, she will feel very unsafe and will probably retreat to a quiet place to hide, this takes the guess work out for her, and provides her with a 'safe' area that she can retreat to if she is stressed out.
Good Luck!

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Heather L.
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Apr 15, 2009

Wow, what an awesome kitty. You'd almost think she was wearing blue contacts, that eye color is so spectacular. I always move my pets last because it seems to be easier for them to acclimate to a new house or apartment if their stuff is there and your familiar items are there.
My cats have always been a little nervous at first but as soon as they notice our furniture is the same and their food and litter is there, they tend to come out of the funk pretty fast. I usually give them a few hours in one room, like a bedroom, then open the door a bit and let them come out when they are ready at their own pace. They usually spend the first 24 hours skittishly creeping around from room to room trying to figure it out and then the following 24 hours getting into mischeif as they find new places that are cool to hide in and tons of boxes and newspaper, etc. to play with.

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Courtney L.
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Apr 15, 2009

Move the cat last! It will be better for them if you are there with them. They will feel more comfortable being around all the familiar scents and items, even if the surroundings are different. Don't fret. Cats acclimate grear!

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