Reducing Your Cat's Stress While Moving
1. THE PET DURING THE MOVE
Relocating is an extremely stressful challenge which can affect your pets just as much as it can affect you. The moving of the chairs, the tables, the wardrobes and every other piece of furniture can create enough noise and chaos until your cat or dog finds itself in a place it can barely recognize. An animal can't figure out what and why is happening and will most likely get frightened and panicked which is not good especially when it comes down to very small pets. If you are a loving master to your pet you have to take care of it properly. While you are preparing for the move you can do a lot of things that might harm your pet, like ignoring it or creating too much chaos around it and confuse it. Every living being in your home will be affected by the move and you will have to take care of them all even if your cat would be the last.
2. TAKING CARE OF YOUR CAT DURING THE RELOCATION PREPARATION
Cats are very capricious creatures and will most definitely be affected by a move. The first thing you need to come up with is a new spot for the cat's bowl-somewhere where it won't be disturbed so much by all the moving belongings. Your cat needs to get used to that new place and still feel like home when the chaos finally breaks out.
3. TAKING CARE OF YOUR CAT WHEN TRAVELING INTERNATIONALLY
If you will travel to another country don't forget that after all your cat will be a passenger and that it needs certain documents in order to be allowed to move across borders. You must prepare all of them and you have to take your cat to a veterinary in case it needs to receive any medical shots. Keep in mind that not every transport system allows the transportation of pets so find one that does. Also, get your animal a proper carrier. It shouldn't be too small because you wouldn't like your cat to feel like being imprisoned. It shouldn't be too big or otherwise it might not fit in the vehicle or may prove an obstacle for the flight crew for instance or the other travelers.
3. TAKING CARE OF YOUR CAT WHEN TRAVELING ON SHORT DISTANCES
Naturally, a much less expensive and elaborate case would be if you were moving simply to another neighborhood or in another city. This way you can simply entrust your pet with a cattery for a day or two and then when you are free you can take your pet back. However, you might still need to pay more if there is a long way between the cattery and the destination of your new home. Regardless, if you want to save more money simply take the cat with you. Put it in a carrier or on the back seat or the seat next to you, or in your arms. If you do have a carrier you should let the cat live in it for a couple of days in order to be prepared for the relocation day. Most importantly, never forget to feed your cat not just for the sake of the animal but for yours as well. The last thing you want is the constant meowing of your pet while you are trying to handle the relocation process on the moving day.