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May 1, 2024 |8 min read

A Guide to Moving with Your Furry Friend

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A Guide to Moving with Your Furry Friend

Moving to a new home can be an exciting yet stressful experience, especially when you have a feline friend to consider. But did you know that your cat can actually help you manage stress during this time? Studies have shown that a cat’s purr can lower blood pressure and calm nerves.

But what about our cats? Cats are creatures of habit, and any change in their environment can cause anxiety, so understanding how to move with a cat is essential for their overall wellness. With the right preparation and approach, you can make the transition smoother for both your cat and yourself. In this guide, we’ll walk you through the steps to ensure a successful move with your furry friend.

Getting Your Cat Ready for the Move

Preparing your cat for the move is key to keeping them calm and comfortable throughout the process. By taking a few proactive steps, you can help your feline friend adapt to the changes and reduce their anxiety.

Make the Carrier a Familiar Place

Cats often associate their carriers with trips to the vet, which can cause stress. To make moving day easier, start introducing your cat to their carrier well in advance. Leave the carrier open in a familiar space, place some treats and toys inside, and allow your cat to explore it at their own pace. This creates positive associations and reduces anxiety when it’s time to move.

Update Your Cat's ID Information 

Before you move, confirm your cat's ID tags are up to date with your new address and contact information. Microchipping your cat is also a good idea as an extra safety measure. Having the correct information readily available can make all the difference in a stressful time.

  1. Double-check your information: Verify that your contact information on the ID tags and microchip registration is current.
  2. Invest in a secure collar: A breakaway collar with a durable ID tag can prevent your cat from getting caught on anything and still provide identification.
  3. Consider a GPS tracker: For extra peace of mind, a GPS tracker can help you locate your cat if they happen to wander off.

With these preparations in place, you’ll be ready to focus on the next phase: packing and transporting your cat safely.

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Packing and Transporting Your Cat

Packing up your home is a major part of the moving process, and it’s important to also consider your cat’s comfort during this time. Keeping familiar items accessible and ensuring a secure, quiet space for your cat can make the experience much smoother.

Include Familiar Items in Your Packing

When packing for the move, make sure to set aside your cat’s favorite bedding, toys, and other familiar items. These objects carry their scent and will provide comfort during the transition. Pack these items last so they’re easily accessible and can be placed in your new home right away.

  1. Create a moving box for your cat: Designate a specific box for your cat’s belongings. This box should be easily accessible and include all their essentials.
  2. Include comfort items: Pack items that your cat associates with comfort and security, such as their favorite blanket, toys, and even a piece of your clothing with your scent.
  3. Maintain routine: Try to keep your cat's routine as consistent as possible during the packing process to minimize stress.

Transport Your Cat in a Secure and Quiet Space

On moving day, it’s best to keep your cat in a quiet, secure room or their carrier to prevent them from getting underfoot or slipping out the door. Choose a room that isn’t being actively packed or moved and set up their litter box, cat food, water, and some toys to keep them comfortable. If you’re traveling a long distance, make sure to take breaks to check on your cat and offer them food and water.

  1. Choose a safe room: Select a room that is away from the hustle and bustle of moving activities. This can be a bathroom or a small room that isn't being used.
  2. Prepare for the journey: If you’re traveling by car, make sure the carrier is secure and ventilated. Covering the carrier with a light blanket can reduce visual stress.
  3. Breaks for long trips: Plan regular stops if you’re traveling a long distance. Offer water and check on your cat’s comfort during these breaks, and remember how many times a day a cat should eat to maintain their routine while on the go.

With these steps in place, you’ll be ready to help your cat settle into your new home comfortably, ensuring you know how to acclimate a cat to a new home.

Helping Your Cat Settle in the New Home

The initial days in a new home are pivotal to your cat’s adjustment. Creating a safe and comfortable environment promotes a feeling of security and reduces stress during this big change.

  • Set up a cozy space: Arrange the room with familiar items and a cozy bed. Keep the litter box, food, and water in accessible locations.
  • Limit access initially: Allow your cat to explore this room at their own pace before introducing them to the rest of the house.
  • Provide comfort and reassurance: Spend time in the room with your cat, offering treats and gentle petting to help them feel safe, especially if you notice signs of a scared cat.

Gradually Expand Their Territory

Once your cat seems comfortable in their safe room, you can slowly start introducing them to the rest of the house. Open the door to the room and allow them to explore at their own pace. Make sure other rooms have familiar items and smells to ease the transition. Monitor their behavior for signs of stress and provide plenty of positive reinforcement with treats and attention.

How PrettyLitter Can Ease the Transition

Moving with a cat is much simpler when you have the right tools. PrettyLitter helps maintain your cat's regular litter box routine, offering continuity in an otherwise chaotic time. Our lightweight formula makes it easy to transport, and the health monitoring feature is especially useful as it changes color to signal potential health issues, allowing you to keep a close eye on your cat’s well-being during the move. 

Additionally, PrettyPlease cat food provides the comfort of familiar, high-quality ingredients that your cat knows and loves. Keeping their diet consistent helps maintain their health and reduces the risk of digestive issues that can arise from the stress of moving. By using PrettyLitter and PrettyPlease, you can ensure your cat feels secure and healthy throughout the transition to your new home, allowing you to enjoy all the health benefits of having a cat, even during a move.

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Ensuring a Smooth Transition for Your Cat

With the right approach, moving with a cat can be a low-stress experience for all. By preparing in advance, keeping your cat comfortable during transport, and helping them gradually adjust to their new environment, you can make the transition smoother for your furry friend. With patience and care, your cat will soon feel at home in your new surroundings. Happy moving!


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Christina Scamporrino is a lifelong animal lover and began working in the petcare space in 2019. Christina’s passion for the community of feline owners and enthusiasts have led her to designing premium packaging for PrettyLitter cat litter, PrettyPlease dry food, wet food, and treats, and a litter box designed to solve common litter box issues.

Outside of her professional work in the petcare space, Christina is a longtime kitten foster and has worked with several cat rescues throughout Southern California. When given the option, she favors orange cats, but loves all cats equally.