Moving With Cats

Are you going to be moving soon? Moving can be very exciting, but it’s also a lot of work. Moving is both stressful and scary for kitties, so if you have a cat, you’ll want to take some steps to make the process easier on your pet. Read on as a Carmel, IN vet discusses moving with Fluffy.

Boxes, Boxes, and More Boxes

Although most kitties hate major changes, there is one aspect of the process that Fluffy will enjoy: boxes! Set out some moving boxes ahead of time, and let your furball play with them. Just be careful once you start packing. You don’t want your cat jumping into a box with sharp or fragile objects in it!


Cats should always travel in carriers. However, if Fluffy only sees the carrier before car rides, she may very well bolt for cover the moment she sees it. Set the carrier out a few days or weeks before the move, and add toys and comfy bedding to it. This will help your furball form a more positive association with her carrier.

The Road Trip

If you are moving locally, try to drive your kitty directly to the new place. For long distance trips, ask your vet for advice on making the ride easier for your furball. Cat-calming products can be a big help with this. If Fluffy really hates car rides, your vet may suggest medicating her. Traveling on a full stomach can make pets carsick, so we also recommend only giving your cat a light breakfast before the ride.

Moving Day

Don’t let Fluffy roam freely on moving day. It’s much too easy for a little furball to get underfoot, or run out an open door! Keep her in a bathroom or quiet back room with food, toys, treats, bedding, and a litterbox as your belongings are being loaded and unloaded. Boarding is also a good option.

Settling In

When you reach your new home, put Fluffy in a quiet room with her kitty necessities for the first few days. This will give her a quiet place to settle in. It will also keep her safely out of the way as you unpack. Offer your furball toys, treats, and more boxes as she is exploring her new domain.

Please feel free to contact us, your Carmel, IN pet hospital, anytime. We are always happy to help!

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