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How to prepare your cat for moving house.

Anyone who has moved house will be aware of how stressful it can be. And while moving house can be stressful for humans, it can be difficult for cats too. This is the focus of the latest Simon’s Cat Logic animation, Moving house, in which creator Simon Tofield and Cats Protection Behaviour Manager Nicky Trevorrow discuss how best to prepare your cat for a new home.

As Nicky points out: “Moving house can be a big deal for cats. Much of their feelings of security and the ability to relax comes from having familiar sights, scents and sounds.”

So how can you prepare your cat for their new environment?


Plan your next move

As Nicky advises, there are two options for moving day. You can choose to either book your cat into a cattery or take them with you as you move. This depends on your own personal preferences as well as your cat’s character as every cat is different.

If you do book your cat into a cattery a few days beforehand, you won’t have to worry about them. You’ll need to be organised well in advance and get your cat’s vaccinations up to date.


Moving in

As Nicky says: “Some cats go missing as their owners move house and they let them out a little bit too soon. Only let them out for a few moments at a time at first. You can build this time outside gradually until you feel confident that they can come and go as they please.”

Simon’s animation Nut again! is inspired by his cats enjoying his new home. He explains that “having four cats is a lot of animals to bring to a new neighbourhood! There were a few cat squabbles to begin with, before they sorted out their territory.”

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