Moving halfway across the world is tough enough when you are flying solo or with your partner. But when you are also taking your cats with you, your stress levels could easily shoot through the roof as you prepare your cats for travel! Cats also feel the stress of an international move, but they are powerless to do anything about it. What can you do to help your cats settle in following an international move?
Let them into Your Bedroom the First Night
If you often have a “no cats” rule for your bedroom, you may baulk at the idea of letting Fluffy and Flo into your bedroom with your on your first night. Some pet owners are afraid to start something that could turn into a habit, which is why they are reluctant to let the cats into their bedroom following their move.
However, it is important to try and look at things from your cats’ point of view. Your cats are likely to be feeling disoriented and frightened following the move and will want to cling to you more than ever. That is why it is worth allowing them to stay with you the first night in your new home. Place a light cat blanket on top of the bed or on the bedroom floor, along with some cat toys.
Expect them to be Clingy!
Cats love their routine more than anything. They do not like change, even if all you have done is moved their cat bed from the corner of the room to the centre. Move them to a whole new country and do not be surprised that the cats act as if their world has been turned upside down (it has!)
Cats in this situation are often more clingy than usual and will want to be reassured that you have not abandoned them. So do not be surprised if your cats follow you into each room you enter and act as if their little hearts will break if you shut the door on them while you are in the bathroom.
Bring Cat Blankets Along
Until your household goods arrive, your cats will have nothing familiar around them, except you! If your cats often like to snuggle and fall asleep on their cat blankets, pack some in your suitcase. They do not take up much room and can make all the difference when your cats are in a strange new environment that they are not yet used to.
Cats feel the stresses of an international move just as you do. The only difference is that you know what is on the other end, they do not. Help your cats settle in as quickly as possible by taking their needs into consideration, especially in the early days when they will be feeling disoriented.
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