Moving House with your Cat – Advise from Anicare Dublin Vets

Moving house can be a bit of an upheaval for humans but even more so for cats. Cats are sensitive creatures who do not like change. At our Clontarf Veterinary Clinic and in many of our other Dublin Vet Clinics we are frequently asked for advice by cat owners on how best to deal with the challenge of moving house with your cat.

Read below for some of Clontarf veterinary Hospital’s Tips on Moving house with your cat

Before the Move:-

Even before the move as you’re packing everything away, your cat will start to become stressed, as his immediate environment is changing. Every time a cat rubs its nose against objects in the home, it leaves behind a pheromone or smell to mark its territory. Your cat will stop doing this in times of stress. Products such as Feliway diffusers produce this special scent  and gives your cat the feeling of peace and calm and reduces the stress that your may cat experience

So before you begin packing up you may like to plug in a diffuser containing these calming pheromones. Feliway diffusers are available at Clontarf veterinary Hospital and all Anicare branches.


On the day of the move:-

On the day of the move there will be lots of noise and disturbance We would therefore recommend putting him in a relatively quiet room with the doors and windows shut so that he can’t escape and with a bed, food, water, litter tray and so on.

Never transport your cat in the removal van or in the boot of a car! Take him with you in a secure cat carrier in a position on a passenger seat where your cat can see you and you can check on him.

When you arrive at the new house, again find a quiet room to shut your cat in whilst everything is moved in. You might want to consider having a pheromone diffuser in this room too – placed a few hours before you arrive if possible to allow the scent to fill the room.

Once everything has been moved in and you have ensured all windows and doors are closed, you can open the door and allow your cat to explore the new house but not escape!


Letting your Cat Outside:-

If your cat normally goes outside, you MUST keep him indoors in your new house for at least two weeks to allow him to get used to the new environment, and so that he sees it as a “safe place” to return to if he gets stressed when out exploring in the future. This is really important – however keen your cat might be to get outside, keeping him in is better than him getting lost!

Before letting your cat outside, make sure he has a microchip, and that your contact details are up to date with the registration database. If in doubt just call our Clontarf Veterinary Clinic or any of our other Anicare Veterinary Group’s branches in Glasnevin, Palmerstown, Santry of Blanchardstown and we can check the details for you

Cats are territorial, they will know where they are in the pecking order but moving in to a new neighbourhood means they have to start all over again

If you spot any other cats in your garden, chase them out to help your cat establish his own territory. Don’t push your cat outside, but allow him to explore in his own time. Go out in the garden with him at first to help him feel safe.

If you are not moving very far the problem here is that your cat may come across familiar territory and end up back at your old house. If you’re not moving far away, warn the new occupants to watch out for your cat.  If they see it they should NOT feed it or encourage it in any way – this could lead to your cat continually returning to your old property.

downloadSo in summary what we at Clontarf Veterinary Hospital advise is:-

  • Use Pheromone diffusers such as feliway
  • Keep your cat indoors for at least two weeks
  • Have your cat micro chipped

Want more advise – just call us at Clontarf Veterinary Hospital on 01 8330744 or emails us  or click the link below to find out more about us

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