Cats don’t take well to travel. That’s an undisputed fact. They truly are the most unaccommodating travel buddies around. Where your other furkids are only too keen to join you on what could be another exciting joyride, your feline companion will be upset to an apocalyptic degree.
Make the process easier for everyone involved by packing a special moving kit for your kitty.
1. Get a secure cat carrier
There is an almost zero percent chance that your cat will stay put for any length of time, even if he or she is travelling with you. Purchase a secure carrier to keep your pet safe, and line it with a cozy blanket. Add an extra layer of waterproof lining between the crate and blanket, as cats don’t tend to hold their bladders when they’re stressed.
2. Food and Water
Your furry feline probably has a sensitive stomach in stressful situations and may not be able to eat much on moving day. However, you do need to make sure that you pack enough food and water for the trip; feeding little bits at a time. A treat or two wouldn’t go amiss either!
3. Identification is a Must
If you haven’t had your pets micro-chipped by now, this is the perfect time to do so. Additionally, you should definitely procure a comfortable collar with an I.D. tag so that you are contactable in the event that your cat does a runner.
4. Keep Kitty’s Medical Records on Hand
Prior to your move, make sure that you get a copy of your cat’s medical records from your vet. Chances are you’ll need to find a new vet at your destination, so a full medical history is an absolute necessity.
5. Kitty’s Going to Need that Bathroom
Make sure you back a littler box and fresh litter – highly absorbent crystals are best. You’re probably not going to want to keep an uncovered litter box in the carrier, so make sure to stop often enough for your cat to make use of the facilities. Be prepared to wait a while and give your pet some space – this abrupt change in schedule will have repercussions. Make sure to pack trash bags to throw away whatever needs to be binned, and keep pet wipes on hand to keep everything clean and hygienic.
6. Medication Should be Easily Accessible
If your cat is on any chronic medication, make sure you remember to pack it. If your vet has provided you with tranquilizers to reduce your pet’s stress during the move, feel free to use them. A mild sedative will work wonders for your cat’s nerves (and probably yours too!)