What Can You Do To Help Your Cat When Moving to a New Home?

Moving With CatsCats are a lot like people. They’re diverse in temperament. Some can be easily bothered, highly sensitive to change, and skittish. Others don’t seem to care– at all–about things that bother their peers.

The majority of cats who make a move to a new home are like the majority of people– they need some time to make the mental and physical adjustments to their new environment. There may be some hiding and awkward nights, but that’s not unusual for pets…or their owners.

Just like you’d want to show a child extra special attention to help make a move to a new home as comfortable as could be, try that with your pet cat. Don’t be afraid to pamper them with extra treats and show them more attention than normal.

If you’re going to have a house full of cardboard boxes, put out a few before the moving starts so the cat gets used to seeing them around.

On the day of the move, put your cat into a secure spot where they won’t be distracted by all the chaos of moving; it should be a spot where they’re comfortable and you can easily find them when you want to check on them. Perhaps leave them in a familiar room for much of the moving day, with their water and food available. Close the door so they don’t wander.

When it comes time to actually take them from one home to another, place cats in transport carriers so they don’t accidentally run away and/or get lost the day of the big move. Cats like to roam, but they also like the security of confined spaces, too.

At the new house, put out all the cat stuff they had at the other home, such as their litter box, scratching post, bed and toys. These familiar objects will help make your pet feel more at home in the new place. Start them off in just one room of the new house and every couple days open up more doors for them to explore more rooms. This way it’s not too overwhelming.

Ways Cats Show Affection to Their Owners

CatsFor centuries people have enjoyed keeping cats as their beloved pets. They’re cute, cuddly, warm and when they purr, they can soothe even the savage beast.

What are some ways cats show affection to their owners? For starters, cats like to bring their owners presents in the form of dead mice and birds they “caught” for you. While those aren’t necessarily gifts you want, it’s still kind of cool that your pet cat thought to bring you what they caught as a present.

If and when a cat looks you in the eyes or rolls on its back to show you its belly, those are two signs they like and trust you. Since they’re defenseless on their backs, when a cat shows you its belly that’s a sign they feel protected and loved by you.

Have you ever been head butted by a cat? If a person did that to you, you’d be mad, but when a cat does that to you, it’s a way of showing affection. Did you know that through their head butt, they’re depositing facial pheromones on to you– leaving their scent on you!

Though cats are often thought to be somewhat elusive, when one hangs around you he or she is showing they like you. They may playfully nibble on you in a ticklish way or use their paws to knead you like pizza dough. When they get a loud and deep purr going, they’re saying they love you.

Finally, when a cat’s tail is casually up and flipping its tip around you, that’s yet another way they’re showing you affection.

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