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Planning on moving home with your cat? Our guide gives you some helpful tips on how to make the move hassle-free.

Moving home

Moving home can be a big deal for you, and for your cat - much of their feeling of security comes from being surrounded by familiar sights, sounds and scents of their own territory. With some careful planning and a bit of thought, you can ensure the move is smooth for everyone.

Planning ahead

There are two options when moving house with your cat - take them with you as you move, or book them into a cattery. Every cat is different and the choice is completely yours.

If you do book your cat into a cattery during the move, you won't have to worry too much about them. Do make sure your cat's vaccinations are up to date prior to moving.

If you'd rather take your cat with you, this requires more planning. You'll need to allocate a room in your existing house as well as your new house for your cat's transition. You can find more information in our guide below.

Settling in

Once you've moved into your new home, it is a good idea to keep your cat in their new room for a few days. It can often be overwhelming to have access to the whole house straight away.

Generally, cats will let you know when they're ready to venture further. When you do let them out, make sure all cat flaps, doors and windows are closed. They're not quite ready for the outside world yet! Letting your cat go outside before it feels safe could run the risk of it getting lost, or making its way back to its old house. It is recommended that 3-4 weeks is a good timescale for when to let your cat out - enough time for them to become familiar with their surroundings.

See also - Bringing a cat home

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