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moving house with a cat?

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eleanorsmum Mon 16-Sep-13 06:41:51

what's the best way to move with old cat. worried he might disappear when removal men arrive. have a carry case for him which he hates. thoughts at moment are to take him the night or maybe few days before to my mums but shut him in utility room with cushions from our house and a litter tray. then collect him day or so after and keep him inside for few days. your thoughts please?!

Wishfulmakeupping Mon 16-Sep-13 06:53:55

Butter on feet not sure if I've completely made that up but we did that with our family car and my friend did it wgeb she moved across town

Wishfulmakeupping Mon 16-Sep-13 06:59:54

No apparently that's a myth see link

Wishfulmakeupping Mon 16-Sep-13 07:00:07

HootShoot Mon 16-Sep-13 07:05:39

We put our cat in the cattery for a few days while we moved so the house was semi straight by the time he got back. We moved during the heat wave earlier this year, so couldn't have all the windows shut. We kept him locked in at night but he was allowed to venture out in the day.

PastaBeeandCheese Mon 16-Sep-13 07:20:08

Last time I cleared the smallest bedroom completely and shut the two cats in there while removal men did their thing. Put a note on the door to stop anyone opening it. Shut them in carrier last minute and then shut them in dining room the other end with a note whilst removal men unloaded.

They found it terrifying TBH. I am moving again (hopefully!) beginning of November and i'm thinking cattery this time even thought they hate it there too and are used to a cat sitter when we go away hmm

Mrsladybirdface Mon 16-Sep-13 08:06:42

we moved at the beginning of the year and I walked the cat round (3 streets away) and then enticed her in with some canned tuna. my cat is very "street" though grin

I do think that locking them in can lead them to bolt at the first opportunity.

eleanorsmum Mon 16-Sep-13 14:32:51

thanks for your thoughts. hadn't thought if cattery but then he's never been. a friend always feed him when we go away. he's quite timid so I kinda like the idea of shutting him in but was worried about the bolting thing. the new house us huge and had bug garden so plenty if space. u really wonder if the move might finish him off. poor cat!wink sad sad

SaskiaRembrandtVampireHunter Mon 16-Sep-13 14:41:27

We had to walk one of ours round too - she refused to even entertain the idea of a carrier. The other one went in fine though. Then, we put them in the spare room for a few days, then let them wander around the house to get used to it. They didn't go outside for two weeks though, and oddly, the reluctant one settled in most quickly.

MummytoMog Mon 16-Sep-13 14:50:02

We put our five cats (mad cat lady) into our box room while we got everything else out, then they got boxed up, taken to the new house and put into the box room there. Kept them in for three days before cat in charge led mass breakout. They were fine though, they know where the food comes from.

NaturalBaby Mon 16-Sep-13 14:54:24

Feliway. We've recently moved for the second time with a very nervous cat and he pranced around the new place like he was high.
He had a night in the cattery so we had time to get the house sorted - they've been to the same cattery for years so he was very happy to go. We have 3 dc's as well so I wanted all children and cats well away from the removal men at both ends - all the doors were open for hours and the noise of everything coming and going is a bit much to deal with. We left the house ourselves when the men arrived.

ClaudiaCutie Mon 16-Sep-13 21:20:10

As mentioned above, cattery for a few days before/after move. Feliway good, keep cat inside using litter tray at first. Ignore old wives tales about butter unless you want cat ill and poss upset stomach. Consult with your vet who knows best too!

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