Moving with Cats

How to Move with Cats

Relocating house and travelling with a cat or Kitten to your new property can be stressful not only for us humans but also for animals too! Learn how to move with cats with ease. A careful ahead planning will ensure it's a smooth relocation for everyone.

Moving House With Your Cat

Cats are creatures of habit, so moving house with your cat can be stressful for them. They have strong bonds with their environment as they are territorial species. It is important for you to plan ahead to make the transition of moving to a new home easier for your cat. Elephant Removals has nearly 2 decades of experience as a London Removals Company. We have moved just about everything you can imagine within London or across the UK, we have stories that could fill one of our removal vans.

  • Before the removal van arrives, it is advisable to place your cat in one room, the bedroom would be a good option.
  • Put the cat carrier, cat bed, food bowl, water bowl and litter tray in the room and ensure the door and windows remain shut. Place a notice on the door so that removal men and family know that this door should be kept shut.
  • When all other rooms have been emptied, the contents of the room can be placed in the van last. Before the furniture is removed your cat should be placed in the cat carrier and put safely in the car to make the journey to the new home.
  • If it is a long journey you may want to stop and offer water or a chance to use a cat tray, although most cats will not be interested.
  • Once you arrive at your new home, the bedroom furniture should be at the back of the lorry or van and therefore the first to be installed in the new home.
  • Once the room is ready your cat can be placed inside with his bed, food bowl, water bowl and litter tray and the door shut. If possible, a family member can sit in the room with your cat for a while as your cat explores.
  • Once the removal has been completed your cat can be allowed to investigate the rest of the house, one room at a time if there are any signs of anxiety.
  • It is important to remain as calm as possible to signal to your cat that it is a safe environment.
  • Ensure that all external doors and windows are shut.
  • Do not allow your cat unsupervised access to the kitchen or utility room as particularly nervous cats will try and hide in narrow gaps behind the appliances.

Moving House With An Outdoor Cat

It is best to be prepared when you move house with an outdoor cat. These simple steps could help you find your cat if it does go missing.

  1. Check your cat’s microchip details are all up to date. A quick call to the microchip provider to confirm they have your current and new contact details could make all the difference of becoming reunited if your cat goes missing.
  2. Make sure that you're up to date house and mobile number is on your cat’s collar.
  3. This may sound dramatic, but it is always better to be safe than sorry!  Prepare a lost cat file with recent photos, description, names of local rescues etc. Then if your cat does become lost, at least you have everything you need to make lost posters and the numbers you need to get the word out.

Moving House and Travelling With Cats

  • If you still live in the same area your cat may try to return to your old home. It would be a good idea to speak to the new owners and ask them not to feed your cat! Or allow your cat back into your old house. If you had an electric cat flap, it would be worth changing your cat’s collar, otherwise, your cat could easily sneak back in! You may also have to be prepared to go back to your old house to retrieve your cat! 
  • It is a good idea to sprinkle some of your cats used litter around the perimeter of your new garden. This will make your garden smell familiar. It will also make neighbouring cats aware that there is a new cat in the area! Chase away any cats if you see them in your garden, your cat will need all the help it can get to establish its territory as the new cat in the area.
  • When you introduce your cat to their new garden and area outside, keep the outings short and stay with them.  It is important not to carry your cat outside, allow it to decide if it wants to explore. The best time to do this is to let them out just before feeding them. Let your cat explore for a few minutes, then entice your cat back inside, by shaking its food or calling them as you would usually do at mealtimes. If your cat is used to a harness then it may be useful to walk it around the garden on a lead. The aim of this is to make your new home the centre of your cat's territory, which is the source of food and shelter.

How Long To Keep A Cat Indoors After Rehoming?

As a rule of thumb, most people would say 2 weeks but this depends on your cat. If your cat is very confident and you can see that it is becoming frustrated indoors then you could let them go out on their own. If on the other hand, your cat is still quite nervous it would be advisable to keep them indoors for long. It is important that your cat feels comfortable as it begins to get used to its territory.

Moving Cat or Kitten to Your New House or Home

After travelling with your cat or cat transportation, do remember that every cat has their own character. It could take 1 week, 2 weeks and, in some cases, months before your cat can be allowed outside unattended. You are the cat owner and you are the best person to judge when the right time is for your cat to go out on their own. Your cat will come to love their new home in their own time.


How to Move with Cats

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