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Are you planning to move but aren’t sure how to make the process smooth for your cat? Cats aren’t well-known for their desire to change things up. The move may be stressful for all concerned, but it doesn’t have to ruin your feline relationship or damage your budget. Here, CATS Cradle Shelter doles up advice on how to get through the process without overspending.
Understand your cat.
Cats have unique personalities, but there are a few habits and actions shared between breeds. Take the time to get to know why, exactly, your cat exhibits the behaviors he does. You can use the internet to do your research for free or talk to an animal behavioral specialist if your cat exhibits behaviors that cause you concern.
Stock up on supplies.
Cats, like most domestic animals, are keenly in tune with you and your emotions. If you are stressed, they’ll feel it and will act accordingly. You can eliminate some anxiety about the move by stocking up on supplies that you know you’ll need. This might include anything from food to a pet carrier to transport Miss Kitty from one place to the next. You can use PetSmart coupons or shop online through Chewy to keep costs down. A little digging, and you’ll have no problem finding special offers (cashback, coupons, promo codes) to help stretch your budget.
Change your routine early.
If you haven’t noticed, cats are creatures of habit. They expect to be fed at certain times, and most look forward to their owners coming in at a certain time of day. Because of this, one of the best things you can do to reduce stress during the move is to change your routine as early as possible if your lifestyle will also be affected by the move. For example, if you are taking on a new job or moving in with a new significant other. Allow yourself and your cat time to acclimate to new people and new time frames.
Talk to your veterinarian.
If you have pet insurance, use it to ensure that your cat is as healthy as possible before the move. While the vast majority of indoor cats tend to have fewer health issues than their nature-bound counterparts, a quick health screening can help identify issues that may cause problems during the move. MyPetNeedsThat.com asserts that even house cats are not immune to over or undereating, excessive grooming and hairballs, and other potential problems.
Watch for signs of stress.
Cats, like many humans, exhibit outward signs when they are stressed. Watch for undesirable actions, such as inappropriate scratching and aggression toward other members of your household, both human and animal. If you notice your cat is stressed out during the move, look for deals on a scratching post and increase the time you spend with them, paying special attention to positive interactive play.
Deep clean your new home.
Beneficial for both you and your pet is spending a day deep cleaning the property before you call it home; for example, shampoo the carpets, bleach hard surfaces, and air it out. Cats have a keen sense of smell and may feel less comfortable in their new surroundings if other animals have left their scent lingering.
Living with a cat doesn’t have to mean hiring an expensive pet sitting service or spending tons of time and money catering to their every whim. Although you will likely have a few small investments, keep in mind that the most important things you can do, such as spending time with your cat and watching for signs of stress, are free. Talk to your veterinarian if you still have questions or concerns.
Save a life, adopt a cat. Contact CATS Cradle Shelter for your adoption. The shelter is currently following social distancing protocols and is open to approved adopters by appointment only.