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Moving House with Cats Moving house; they say it’s one of the most stressful things you can do in your life. And this can be made even more so with pets in tow! I can vouch for this as I am speaking from personal experience. We have recently moved house with two cats and a whole load of our belongings in boxes. We thought we'd try to do it in the least disruptive way for them (and for us!) so I booked them into a cattery near the new place the night before the big move. Prior to moving we tried, quite unsuccessfully, to pack a few boxes without them noticing, how wrong we were! Our male cat is very highly strung and hates anything upsetting his routine; he started scratching the furniture and even had a wee on one of the boxes. This was his way of letting us know he wasn't happy. I bought some Feliway (a synthetic pheromone that helps to calm cats and make them feel more secure) this helped a little but he still wasn't entirely relaxed. The day before the big move came and I whisked them off to their overnight abode. I got a few complaints on the way there but that’s not unusual! The move happened (shame there isn't a Feliway equivalent for people!) and once we'd got everything in its new place, sprayed some Feliway around the place, I ventured out to collect them from the cattery. They spent the night exploring their new home and seemed quite settled relatively quickly. What a relief. So far so good, I haven’t seen any more scratching or dirty protests! I'm keeping them in for a week or so then will let them explore their new garden. It's a good idea to let your pets get used to their new surroundings, the smell of the place and the lie of the land out of the windows before you let them out. Feliway can work wonders for some cats but not so much for others, but in my opinion it's worth a try. It can make your and their lives a lot less stressful! Please email your questions to laura.mckirdy@paragonvet.com or visit us on facebook (facebook.com/paragonvets.pets). I look forward to hearing from you.

Moving house with pets  

moving house with pets

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