Cats don’t like change. They’re also territorial so imagine how they must feel when they suddenly find themselves in a totally unfamiliar location. Heck, moving is stressful for humans so you can certainly understand how unhappy the whole thing makes the family cat.
Even though a certain amount of stress will undoubtedly be involved with a move to a new home, there are things you can do to make the transition a little easier on the cat (and ultimately on you).
Prepare Your Cat in Advance
If your cat doesn’t like being in a carrier, spend time getting him comfortable with the process. Since your move will likely involve either car travel or air travel, your cat will endure much less anxiety if he views the carrier as a safe place. Begin by feeding your cat near the open carrier, and then work your way toward being able to put his meals in the carrier itself. You can also use treats and offer a special treat in front of, next to, on top and then inside the carrier. Clicker training is also very helpful for teaching cats to accept being in a carrier.
Start packing well enough in advance so the moving boxes can be out and about for your cat to investigate. You can actually make the packing process kind of fun if the cat can enjoy playing in empty boxes for a couple of weeks.
If your cat reacts negatively to unfamiliar scents, spray the corners of the moving boxes with Feliway. This is a product containing synthetic feline facial pheromones (scent chemicals). The facial pheromones are associated with security and comfort for a cat. Feliway is available at your local pet product store and online.