Cat owner? Moving house? Check out this fantastic article on Tips for Moving House with a Cat from Compare My Move

We’ve got an excellent and informative guest post today from Compare My Move, a website allowing you to search for and compare removal companies and services for both domestic and commercial moves. Moving house is a stressful process, even more so if there’s an animal involved, and they’ve put together some excellent tips and advice on making the process as smooth as possible. Do visit their website for more information.

Cats are territorial animals, and a lot of their comfort stems from living in a familiar environment that they feel safe in. Moving house can disrupt this feeling of safety and make them feel incredibly stressed and anxious.

Moving House with a Cat
Moving House with a Cat

However, with some careful planning and preparation, your house move will go smoothly and your cat will be kept happy and reassured.

You have two options when it comes to moving house with your cat: you can have them stay in a cattery for a couple of days, or keep them with you. Every cat is different, so the decision you make depends on how they react to new environments and around different people.


Using a Cattery

Booking your cat into a cattery for a few days while you move house means you won’t have to worry about them during the chaos that surrounds moving day.

This might be the easier option, but you need to make sure your cat’s vaccinations are up to date before they go into the cattery. However, if your cat is easily stressed and uncomfortable around new people, it might be a better idea to keep your cat with you.

Keeping your Cat with You

If you decide to keep your cat with you while you move house, it will involve some preparation. Every cat is different, so this is a general guide that you can change to suit your specific cat and situation.

Approximately a week before the move, keep your cat in a room that has already been cleared and packed up. Remember to allocate a specific room to your cat in the new house, too. Make sure the rooms are in a quieter part of the house so your cat isn’t disturbed by removal staff.

Keeping all their toys and items (litter tray, toys, cat carrier, blankets and scratching post) will make them comfortable and help them recognize the room as their territory.

On Moving Day

On moving day, keep your cat in its designated room and make sure they have a fresh bowl of water, food and a clean litter tray. Make sure the door is closed to prevent them running off because of the noise and unfamiliar removals team walking in and out.

Before setting off for your new house, spray your cat’s carrier with Feliway. Feliway is an artificial pheromone spray that helps relax cats and will make yours feel secure during the journey to your new home. Make sure to spray it in their new room too.

At the New House

When you arrive at your new house, take your cat straight to their room with all their items. Give them some food and make sure the litter tray is there too. Once everything is in there, close the door and leave your cat alone so it can settle in. Let the removal staff and anyone else in the house know your cat is in there, so they don’t walk in and startle it.

Getting your Cat to Settle In

Keep your cat their room for a few days so they aren’t overwhelmed by the totally new environment of your new house. When they do decide to explore, leave the door to their room open so they can retreat if they’re feeling stressed. Remember to keep windows, doors and cat flaps shut while they explore, so they don’t run off and get lost.

Getting your Cat to Settle In
Getting your Cat to Settle In

When is it Time to go Outside?

Before your cat explores the outdoors, you need to make sure they are comfortable in the house. Many cats have gone missing or ended up at their old house as they weren’t yet used to their new surroundings. It’s usually advised that you keep your cat inside the house for 3 weeks while they adapt.

Have your cat microchipped, so if they do wander away and go missing, you can trace them and find them.

When it’s time for your cat to go outside, remember to:

  • Let them out before mealtimes. Your cat will get hungry and wander back for food.
  • Go outside with your cat to encourage them to explore.
  • Leave the door open so they have the choice to go back inside if they aren’t ready to explore yet.
  • Let them out for short durations until they fully adapt and recognize the house and garden as their territory.

Your cat is going to be exposed to a new environment, so it’s a good idea to register with your new vet as soon as possible – they will need your cat’s veterinary history from your previous practice. Keep these tips in mind and be patient while your cat settles in. It takes time for them to adapt, but they will settle into their new home in no time.


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  1. Great article and tips! Although leaving cats in a cattery is usually not the best option but sometimes cannot be avoided if the new place needs a lot of work.

  2. Great article and tips! Although leaving cats in a cattery is usually not the best option but sometimes it cannot be avoided if the new place needs a lot of work.

  3. Completely agreed that you should keep your cat inside the new house for at least couple of weeks. Took us months to trace back our cat that actually end up just a few blocks away.

  4. Excellent advice. I did try the old butter-on-paws trick with all my cats’ house moves and it worked. The act of cleaning their paws in their new environment gives them a sense of well-being, making them feel safe and secure in their new home. Definitely keep them indoors for at least two weeks and go out with them when they first start to explore the garden, making low soft comforting sounds. Give them treats when they come back indoors.


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