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Moving Day is Coming. How to Make it Easier.

Are you a part of the real estate boom that is happening all over Albuquerque and Los Lunas? If so, then moving day may coming and we know you are wondering what to do with your cat. The whole moving process can be stressful for Fluffy! Here at Los Lunas Vetco we want to help you have a successful moving day with a process that causes the least amount of stress for your kitty.  Cats do not normally respond well when you upend their world, but you can help make it easier for them. Here are some tips to help make moving day less stressful on your cat and you.

Before the move.

Driving is better than flying but sometimes you do not have a choice. Either way make sure you are ready for the trip.

If you are flying it is important to make sure you are aware of all their rules and regulations ahead of time and that you have all paperwork in order. Every airline is different. You need to get in touch with the airline to find out what you need to do to be able to fly with your cat. Typically vaccines are a minimum requirement. Come to our shot clinic to update all your vaccines.

If you are driving, make sure to spend time before the trip to get kitty acclimated to being in the carrier in the car. A great way to do this is to leave the carrier out in the house in areas your cat likes to spend time. Put their favorite blanket in the carrier or try feeding them in there. When they are in the carrier, do not bother them or let any kids bother them. You want them to associate the carrier as a safe and calm space for them.

Keep a file with all your cat’s paperwork with you in case of an emergency. Make sure to have prescriptions ready and filled for an extended time throughout the moving process. Make sure to have your cat microchipped so if they get separated from you they can be re-homed easily. You should also update your microchip with your new address.

During the move

Cats will often feel unsafe when they move. Cats are not use to being in new environments. They are typically in the house and maybe in the backyard, so a new home is very scary. Let them get use to the new home in small bites. First put them in a small room that has their carrier with the blanket, their food, fresh water, and their litter box. Keep them in a room with a closed door so they do not escape while the moving of items is taking place, and so they don’t get overwhelmed by their new environment. It is quite easy for your kitty to sneak out and then you are spending a lot of time trying to find them if they get out of the house, or even get lost in the house. If traveling for a long period of time you will need a travel litter box and litter, as well as food and water. It is a good idea not to feed the kitty right before leaving. Having food in their tummy may lead to them vomiting due to stress.

Once the move is complete

When the move is complete, and you are in your new space there are a few things to do. Set your kitty up in a space of their own. A room or corner where you put all their things is the best idea. Your cat will need that calm and quiet space to hang out while you unload and unpack. Make sure to take time and snuggle and pet your kitty reassuring them all is well. Once items are safely put away you can take time to let the cat explore their new surroundings. You may want to leave them in their space for a day or two before introducing them to the whole house.

One last tip. Come to us and make sure your cat is up to date on all vaccinations and that they are microchipped before moving. Have a great move!

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The information provided on this website is written by Vetco staff. All information is meant to be informational and is not meant as veterinary advice. If you have a health question regarding your pet, their treatment or anything concerning their veterinary care, please call Vetco to consult with a veterinarian.