Cats in particular are extremely territorial and may become upset by a sudden change in surroundings.
Theresa Ferreira writes: I’m moving house soon and would like to know what precautions I can take so as to not disrupt my two cats too much.
The SA Pet-friendly Directory advises: Since cats are creatures of habit, it’s up to you to do everything possible to minimise the effects of a move.
• Try to get your cat used to his carrier by leaving the door open and hanging toys from the roof, etc. Allow your cat to have positive and enjoyable experiences in and around the carrier.
• Cats love playing in boxes and packing time can easily become playtime!
• Lock your cat indoors the night before you move as they easily sense change and may disappear.
• On moving day, it’s best to keep your cat in a separate room or locked up at a friend or neighbour’s house. You can also board him at a cattery or veterinarian for the day.
• Set up a room in the new house for your cat and place some familiar items with his scent on them inside it. Don’t forget the litter tray!
• Let the cat explore the rest of the new house gradually until he is accustomed to the new environment and all the unpacking has been done.
• Keep your cat indoors for at least the first two weeks in your new home.
• Ensure that your cat wears a collar and disc with your new contact details on it. You could also get him micro-chipped beforehand in case he strays.
• Cats can be given Rescue Remedy for a week before and again after the move.
• Locate the veterinarians in your new area beforehand and keep their numbers ready in case of an emergency.
• Don’t despair if your cat develops a few (temporary) behavioural problems after the move.
Conact Visit petfriendly.co.za.