Ideally it’s better to have your cat out of the way on moving day. If they are conducive to going into a cattery for the day, for example, or if you have someone who can suitably take care of them; this would be a better option to keep them out of harm’s way.
Once the removal company have unloaded your possessions into your new home and are out of the way, it might be best to release your cat from its travel box into one room first. This way they can familiarise themselves with one contained space first, rather than being overwhelmed with the new smells and unfamiliar layout of the entire property. Unpack your cat’s equipment first. Have their litter tray set up, unpack bowls and fill with cat food and water and have their bed and favourite toys close by. Having an item of your clothing, maybe an old t-shirt, carrying your scent will also calm them down and make them feel more at home.
Regular meal times are important to give cats a sense of stability and structure. Re-instate their regular feeding times as soon as you can so that things seem more normal to them.
Creating different places for them to hide in the new property will help your cat settle in. It might be that they hide under the bed, in a certain corner of a room, under a desk or even in the bottom of a wardrobe. Leave blankets and cat beds in these locations to make the areas private and comfortable for your cat.
If your cat is an outdoor cat, you will need to keep them indoors for the first three weeks to ensure that they identify with the new property as their home and reduce the likelihood of them trying to roam back to their old home. This can be incredibly dangerous as there is a risk of them getting lost or being run over.
When you do start to lose them into the garden, taking it slowly and keep your eye on them only allowing them out for short periods. Lure them back in with food, so they learn to associate the new premises with food and shelter. Certainly ensure that your cat is microchipped and that their microchip details are up to date with the new address before your cat puts a paw outside.
For further information on the best ways of moving home with a cat and helping a cat to settle into their new home, take a look at such points of reference as Battersea Dogs and Cats Home.
If you would like any further advice on planning for a stress free moving day, our home removals experts are on hand and can be contacted on 01902 714555 or via firstname.lastname@example.org. They can answer your questions and can arrange for a surveyor to complete a free moving home survey of the effects you want to take with you, either in-home or via a video survey and generate an accurate quotation.