Get your cat used to a travel carrier
If he doesn’t already have a carrier, get him a good one. Carriers with a removable roof or with at least 2 openings (front and top) are the best choice. Place it in a area where your cat spends time and relax and leave it open for your cat to walk in and out as it pleases. You can spray calming pheromone in the cage. To make the carrier a more inviting space, you can put treats in it and bring his food closer. Repeat this every day until your cat enters the carrier willingly and rests there. We want the carrier to be a safe place so when you move it will is shelter.
Visiting the veterinarian
During this visit, a health examination may be carried out. If your animal takes medicine on a regular basis, you will want to have enough of it until the moving date and a little more. While at the vet, ask if vaccines are up to date. Some viruses can live for months in your new home, even after the previous animal has left. The same goes for certain parasites, such as fleas. The use of antiparasitic treatment is highly recommended, depending on the season and location of your new home. If you’re moving far away, ask your current veterinarian to recommend a vet in your new place of residence.
Put a collar on your cat
Have your cat wear a collar at all times to ensure your neighbours don’t mistake your pet for a stray. Cat collars are made with an elastic or a closure that pops open, should your cat ever become stuck. It’s a good idea to have your veterinarian implant your cat with a microchip and ensure your pet wears a pendant to let people know. If you prefer not to use a microchip, engrave a pendant with your new address before you move.
Minimize stress and anxiety
During the week leading up to the move there will be lots of excitement in the house. Packing, as well as visitors. These changes can cause serious stress to your companion. Your veterinarian can then suggest the use of natural products or specialty diets that help managing stress. Depending on the signs shown by your cat, your veterinarian can prescribe a temporary anxiolytic for your pet to help them calmly adjust to these changes and make it easier to adapt to their new surroundings. If the trip is long, and if your cat does not cope well with car rides, consider asking your vet for medication against travel sickness.