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Moving can be a stressful for humans. Moving house with a cat can take it to another level. Dealing with the mess and living in disarray is exhausting and not a lot of fun. But, at least we humans know what is happening and where we’re going. Imagine what it must be like for your moggy mate who is utterly used to their own routine in a territory they have spent a lot of time and energy claiming as their own.

Cats are territorial by nature and they don’t like change. In the build up to your big move, your home will start to feel unsettled for your feline friend. Cats can get very confused by the packing boxes and furniture being moved about. New scents and the emptying of once-familiar rooms can all add to their anxiety and they are liable to panic when strangers traipse in and out.

If you’re moving house with a cat, your feline friend might need to go and stay in a cattery for a while to spare them the stress. But remember, if you do decide on a cattery, book well in advance and make sure your cat’s vaccinations are up to date.

If you’re moving, get in touch.

Planning the move – for you and your cat

The best way to reduce moving stress, for all concerned, is with a good plan. Leave things too late and your moving plans could suddenly be stopped in their tracks.

Auckland catteries get very busy over public holidays. Book well in advance if that’s when you’re moving. If you’re planning to move house over the summer holidays, it is important to organise summer cat care plans well before November, and remember that many catteries also have a minimum 7-day stay over the Christmas period.


moving with a cat

If your cat is to be safe, another vital point is to choose a boarding facility that requires full vaccination of all cats staying with them. Good pet care facilities will ask for a current vaccination certificate, and ideally for your pet to be fully vaccinated two to three weeks before boarding. If they don’t require this, then you might want to take your beloved cat elsewhere.

Here are some helpful comfort tips to make cat boarding easier.

  • Generally, cats tend to settle into catteries fairly quickly. However, familiarity will always make your cat feel more comfortable. So, if your cat has a favourite blanket, toy or basket, take it with you to the cattery. The scent of home will make your cat feel safer, and more at ease. If your feline friend likes to sleep on your bed, or on your lap while you’re trying to work, you could throw in one of your old shirts or a dressing gown. Nothing like the smell of home.
  • Another very useful thing to remember is to drop your cat off ahead of time, maybe even a few nights before the packers and movers turn up. That way your furry mate won’t get stressed out watching you pack, and you won’t have the stress of catching a grumpy cat when you’re in a rush to get packed and away.

Moving your cat with you

shifting with a cat

If you’d prefer to keep your cat with you during your move, keep one room in the house untouched until the very last minute. Get your cat accustomed to that room about a week before you move by placing their bed, litter tray, if you use one, toys, food and water bowls in there. It will soon feel like their safe place away from the hustle, bustle and drama going on in the rest of the house!

It is also a good idea to let our moving team know well in advance that you’re moving house with a cat as well as your furniture.

If you’ve chosen to not take your cat to a cattery, you can then tell us which room has been designated as the quiet den for your cat, so we don’t disturb them while we’re packing up your house.