Moving with the cat

If you are with a cat Indicator: Make your cat a joy, there are many things you should keep in mind to save your velvet paw unnecessary stress. The less she has to do with it, the better.

Times change: In the past a tenant often took over an existing cat, today the question arises: Does the new home also offer everything that it is used to? If your cat has limitations now, you should plan the time of the move so that you have plenty of time for your cat to comfort and distract her. A good idea is to hire a moving company.


It would be optimal if she finds everything in the new home as before: e.g. Food bowl in the kitchen, loo in the bathroom, drinking bowl in the hallway, her cat tree with gangplank up to the closet, a cat flap out into the garden (will open at the earliest after a week, better after three or four weeks), a secured balcony and other more. If you plan such details before the move, you’ll probably have to move the cat around easily. TIP: Even if the temptation is still so great to replace the old scratching post with a new one, do not do it! Especially your cat’s favorite piece creates a sense of familiarity in the new apartment.

The hot phase

Depending on the emotional state of your cat, she is disturbed by the bagging until she reacts curiously. In both cases, the danger is big that you will pack the animal – the nightmare of every cat owner! The best solution is to nurse the cat during the “hot phase” of moving to acquaintances. If nobody finds himself, the kitty is “stored” in a room (like the bathroom) with everything she needs. This has the advantage that their utensils are all complete, the last time you get into the car and therefore you have everything at hand again!

Relocation Tips

Moving is a total stress for cats. The less she has to do with it, the better. A few days in a cat’s pension may be even more enjoyable than sitting in the middle of a move.

  • In a separate room, the cat (and its accessories) waits until everything is brought into the car. Then it’s her turn.
  • Before you run the risk of tying the cat in a moving box, you prefer to lock it in the transport basket. She gets to eat only after arrival in the new apartment.


Is the new apartment cat-safe?

Does she provide everything the old apartment had?

Where should the cat utensils be there?

Where does the cat stay in the car during packing and inviting?
Is the transport basket ready?

If important items are immediately available on arrival, e.g. Litter box, litter, feed and water bowl?

Have you forgotten any favorite items of the cat?

Do you have cat sedatives or emergency drops (Bach flowers) in an emergency?

In case of an emergency, do you have the telephone numbers of veterinarians at the new place of residence?

Do you have enough food and litter for the first days?

Who will take care of the cat during the move?

In the new home

In the new apartment you pack the cat with all the accessories back into a separate room until you have unloaded everything. A very frightened cat stays in the sheltered booth for a while. A curious person may already explore everything when the front door is closed. Then let the cat watch where you put your things.

Freewheel, however, does not exist yet. Everything in the house must first have found its place and the cat will find its own way, which may take several weeks until it obviously feels comfortable. And then she will want to go out herself – the best time to show her the world outside only briefly and under supervision.

TIP: Do not allow your cat to exude varnish, adhesives or other chemicals. For the cat, choose a room that is fully furnished and comfortable.
What to do if no cat flap is possible?

Anyone who is at home can let the cat out of the stairwell at any time and check regularly if they want to go in there. For working people, it is not advisable to lock the animal from morning to night, especially since it has to find its way in the area so first. It is better to let the cat out when you are at home. The late afternoon is anyway the most interesting time for cats to go on an exploration tour. In the evening she should then be brought into the house regularly. Cats get used to the fact that the freewheel is only possible at certain times and the night is taboo. In particularly mild spring and summer nights, it may be that the little Stromer once refuses to come in voluntarily.

But then the outlier probably sits in the morning after an eventful night at the door again. Sometimes it is also possible to build a small outer cat lead on a window. This requires the permission of the landlord and the ability to insert a cat flap in a matching window. A glazier can install a spare glass with a cat flap in the original window so that only the original glass has to be reinstated when leaving the flat. Or you can directly exchange the window for a cat flap. For such projects, it is best to ask your landlord before you get into trouble.

If no freewheel is possible

Your cat’s protest is certain if you can not let it out now. At first she will scream loud, restless and maybe unclean. Try to make the most of the situation, possibly with a cat-proof balcony. Such a cat security may be attached, if the balcony does not show the jewelry side of the house, but about a backyard. If the net is not permitted, you can alternatively tension or place a net or a wire mesh insert in front of the balcony door, which can be removed at any time. He also gives the animal at least a breath of fresh air.

Within the apartment he should be offered many climbing, sleeping and hiding places, so he will not get bored. A large bowl of cat grass, a box of hay or moss, a real tree trunk or other natural materials in the home will reconcile the animal with its loss a little. The most important thing is that you now have a lot of understanding for the cat, plays a lot with her and is there for her. Some cats even get used to a leash at this age. Try to take her on a leash daily in a sheltered, dog-free back yard. Maybe she likes it. And ask the veterinarian for a pheromone preparation that has a calming and harmonizing effect on cats.

What to do when she runs home?

The fear that cats will walk back home after a move is widespread, but rather unfounded. It is true that one occasionally hears of such animals. But they seem to be isolated cases, according to a survey among readers of GELIEBTE KATZE. If you have established a close relationship with your cat, it is very unlikely that she will walk back after a move. If you move into a new apartment more than five kilometers from your first home, you can assume that a cat can no longer orientate itself to the sounds of the surroundings. This reduces the risk of the cat running back.

TIP: Leave your new address to the neighbors and ask them to call if they really see the cat. (Isabella Lauer)

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