Moving to a New House or Apartment with Your Cat

If you’re soon moving to a new house or apartment and plan on taking your cat with you, use these guidelines from a Broken Arrow vet to make the transition as smooth and healthy as possible.

On Move-In Day

The day you move in, it’s best to keep your cat secured in a locked back room. Provide a bed, food and water dishes, and a litter box. Make sure all your family members and the movers know to keep the door shut—this will eliminate the chance of your cat escaping. Since move-in day can be a very stressful time for a cat, even normally calm and collected cats may consider escaping.

Cat-Proof Your New Home

One of the first things to do for the safety of your cat is thoroughly cat-proof your new living space. Look for hazardous spots—tape down or hide cords, secure window screens, check to make sure all houseplants are safe, and make sure mousetraps and pest-control poison traps are hidden where cats won’t run into them.

After move-in day, move your cat’s litter box, water dish, food dish, and bed to their permanent locations. Remember to put the litter box in a quiet, low-traffic location that your cat will prefer.

Let Your Cat Explore

Don’t be afraid to let your cat explore the new home—with your supervision, of course. If there are any areas you don’t want him going into, be sure to have the doors closed while your cat is investigating. Take note of areas your cat seems to like. These can work well for bed locations or a litter box space.

Remember that cats may take a bit to acclimate to a new home. Don’t be concerned if your cat seems reclusive for a few days—he’s probably getting used to the new territory. Talk with your Broken Arrow veterinarian to learn more about how your cat might react to a move, as well as further ways to help ease him into this new stage.

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