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Q: moving a cat

April 15, 2009 | By Linda T. | 10 answers | Expired: 1919 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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PetAirways
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Apr 28, 2009

We would definitely say last, but be sure your cat gets comfortable in the carrier beforehand. Also be sure you surround your cat with familiar items to ease the move. Lastly, if you're considering traveling by air be sure you can take the pet on the airline and if not check out Pet Airways. At Pet Airways we fly pets in the main cabin, not in cargo and have a pet attendant taking care of the pets at all time.

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Bowne
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Apr 16, 2009

I would suggest moving the cat last. Keep the cat in a cat carrier or in a room with some of the things that he is used to. Once everyone is gone and the commotion is over, let the cat out. You'll need to spend time with him in order to help him adjust to the new surroundings.

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Amber
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Apr 15, 2009

i've moved twice with my dog but never with any of my kitties. i think the best thing to do is to keep them around familiar things as much as possible, and be careful that they don't escape in the hustle and bustle of moving. it might be best to move *some* stuff into a particular room of the new home and then move the kitty over into that room and keep them in there, again, with lots of familiar things like bedding, toys, and scratchers (and a familiar person if you can spare them). letting them get familiar with 1 new room first would be less overwhelming.

also, i've never tried this product, but there's something called Comfort Zone:

www.petsmart.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2755197

it's supposed to help calm cats in stressful situations. i tried the doggy version the 1st time i moved with the dog and it didn't seem to do much good if any, but you may want to check out the reviews of this product.

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kelly m.
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Apr 15, 2009

I have moved several times and also have had several different pets. I can't help but think of my furkids needs, so glad you asking the question. I like to keep them in an area they feel comfortable and with things that are familiar while all the moving hustle is going on. In a room or bathroom with music, blanket or towel, their food, litter box, plenty o water and a toy or two. I will visit them, calm them, pet, or treat them so they feel ok. I always carry them with me in the car, once I have everything for them in new place...perhaps again a bathroom or small room, so they are not overwhelmed by whole space. Give them their familiar things, talk to them. Let them get used to it. Then, at some point, I will open them up to the rest of the place and walk around with them. Cats are very adaptable, just watch for areas that might cause concern...things they could climb into, ways to get out...etc. In the car, it would be best to use a carrier is your cat has not done much car travel. That way you can again put in a blanket or towel and they are not roaming in the car. Some cats will cry, others not. Just talk to them in a soothing voice. Good luck with the move!

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Danielle W.
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Apr 15, 2009

Everytime I moved I moved my pets last...but I only had dogs at the time.

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Stacy H.
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Apr 15, 2009

I have always moved my cats last. I have read awful stories of moving disasters, so they are tagged with current info in case they get out and get lost. I also keep them crated while other people are helping move, again so they are not let out. I read this horror story of this lady who never put tags on her cat because it was an indoor cat and had put it in an empty room while the move was taking place and someone opened the door. The outside doors were propped open and out went her cat in a panic. On a happier note she stayed after everyone left and slept on the bare floor in front of the door she left open and her cat did return durring the night. Be careful and good luck, cats are a lot tougher than we give them credit for.

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tammy h.
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Apr 15, 2009

Beautiful cat, my cat Snowball has eyes the same color. I have always moved the cats last. Then they aren't trying to get out and don't get lost. I have never confined them when they were moved. Our 16 year old cat did well during the 3 moves. When I brought her into the house, I showed her where her dishes were, where the litter box was, and laid on my bed with her for a bit. That was her favorite place to sleep. Never had any troubles. Good luck.

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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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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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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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