Advice on cross-town move w/cat?

posted 3 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2014 - Prague

Can you keep kitty in one closed off room while you are in and out with boxes?

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

We moved cross country with our cat (who hates car rides and crates). What we did was clear almost everything out of the bedroom before the movers arrive except our bed and dresser (too heavy/awkward for us to move by ourselves). We then put our cat in our bedroom with his favorite blanket to lay on, food, water, an empty box (to hide in) and litter box. oh, and some toys. He meowed for a while, but eventually napped/was quiet. Then, we told the movers to not open the door, and moved everything else out. Once that was done, we put the cat in the bathroom and then moved the bedroom things out. Then we put the cat in his harness (which he hates, but it makes it easier to hold him), shoved him in his crate, and off we went. like I said, we moved cross country (St. Louis to NJ), so it was a two day extravaganza, so we did le him out of the crate once we were in the car – he just sat on my lap while FI drove. Anytime we stopped, though, he went back in the crate. But since you’re just moving cross town you should just keep him crated.

Our cat was pissed once almost everything was boxed up at our old house (he pooed in the middle of the kitchen floor, which he had NEVER done before (or since). He didn’t eat much during the two days we traveled, but once we unpacked in NJ on day three, he was his old self- like it never even happened. I would just keep the cat with you vs taking it to your moms. One trip vs two, you know?

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2014 - Prague

We drove from England to Prague with our cat. He meowed LOUDLY the entire time in the car, but we couldn’t let him out of his crate b/c he is too spunky and curious and FI was convinced he’d get under his feet while he was driving and we’d crash. (Luckily we found a pet friendly hotel in Dresden– awesome! But I digress)

Whenever we were packing or had movers, we had the cat closed in one room. He was fine. He LOVED inspecting/investigating the new flat. (He also opened the front door in the middle of the first night and I found him in the basement. The tinker!)

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2014 - Prague

I guess it will come down to which the cat dislikes more: your mom’s or being closed in a small place/crated .:( No really great options, but I think she’ll get over it quickly.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I don’t think I could have done anything to make my cat happy at our move. He doesn’t like being locked up, put in the car, put in his crate, and spent the first days at the new house under a chair that moved from our old house. He adjusted, though. You may just have to deal with him being uncomfortable for a while, but, personally, I would keep the cat where you are. One of the things that calmed my cat down was when I was talking to him.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

How long until your move?  There is a diet from Royal Canin called “Calm” that has amino acids and vitamins that supposedly have a calming effect.  It is relatively new, so there isn’t a lot of information about it.  You need to feed it for about a month or so to see any effects, and it is a prescription diet so is expensive.  The ingredients aren’t that great, but if it might be something to try.

If he can stay at your MIL’s house that may be beneficial while packing if there are going to be doors open and people frequently going in and out so there is no chance of kitty running out the door.

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