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Autobiography of a Former Shelter Cat

Tips for Successfully Moving Two Cats

HIYA!!  SAVANNAH HERE!!!

Now these are my tips based on my experience of having been moved three times in less than five years. I know lots of you have your own tips that make moving cats successful so let me know in comments what’cha think of mine AND what else do you wanna add?  Oh, and of course this is about moving cats who are “indoor only”.

Tips for moving two cats to a new home

  1. Before you even consider making an offer, make sure the prospective home will be cat friendly for your indoor cats. Dad P tracked where the sun would come up and set over any home they considered to insure he could determine if we had enough sun for ample sun puddles.
  2. Making offers on a home and then waiting to learn if we got it was so stressful on Mom L and Dad P. But, they made sure to not raise their voices in front of the cats.
  3. Even while packing keep places where you have routinely played with the cats moving box free. Keep your bedroom, living room and at least one other space free from strange boxes. Never leave boxes surrounding any litter box.
  4. Stop and play with the cats whenever they approach you and ask for your attention. This helps reassure us cats that we are still keeping some routine in our lives.
  5. Keep meal time on time and stress free.
  6. Pack like a demon during the day but keep evening free for relaxing with the cats and play time.
  7. If the home you are leaving is going to be rented again or sold, do not allow prospective buyers, real estate agents or the landlord to convince you that “oh your cats will be safe, we won’t let them out so you can go ahead and leave.” HAH! One of you remain with the cats at all times.
  8. Plan ahead for what you will do with the cats on  move day. Prepare their safe space in advance, not the day of the move.
  9. Move day, make sure movers do not arrive before the cats’ breakfast time. Normal start to their day. Then gently but swiftly move them to their prepared safe space where they will remain while movers are in the house. Be sure to tape a Mover Warning Sign on the door of the room which is your cats’ safe space. Here is Mom L’s standard warning sign and she literally walks all movers involved to that door and reads the warning to them. She keeps direct eye contact so they know she is not kidding but she also uses a friendly voice. Works every time.

10. Ask movers to put your bedroom furniture on the truck last so it will be the first to come off. As soon as the master bedroom furniture is off the truck make sure it is placed exactly where you want it in your master bedroom. Make the bed then get a cat tree or two in the room, food and water dishes, treats, litter box etc. Hopefully you have already brought over your clothes so the closet is filled with things that smell like you.

Be sure the cats have safe spaces in the bedroom, like cat beds in the closet, etc. Finally, go back to the old home and collect the cats and bring them to the already completed bedroom which is filled with familiar things and smells. The movers will continue to unpack the remainder of the home but the cats will be chilling in a space they are already somewhat familiar with.

Well, those are my tips for how to move two cats successfully. That’s what Mom L and Dad P have done every time we have moved and it works like a charm. And this time we didn’t even need to stay in our “safe space” bedroom for twenty four hours—before we have stayed for a couple of days. By the second morning I was making a lot of complaints about being left in the bedroom.

Dad P and Mom L said enough is enough and after they had all the furniture in place so the rooms looked a bit familiar, they opened the door for us to begin exploring.

Guess who was first out that door?

Yep! Just like our last move I went first and The Kid Sage stuck close to my tail.

Lots of my “first day in new home” photos will be blurred. Mom L and Dad P only had their smart phones and well—I was hustling right along to see my new forever and ever home! You can see me moving pretty quick in this short video.


I’ll share some really fun and funny insights into our special moving day on my next Monday blog. TKS and I have had some pretty special moments during this time of adjustment and you won’t wanna miss out hearing all about some of them.

Thanks for dropping by to visit.

PAW PATS, SAVANNAH

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19 thoughts on “Tips for Successfully Moving Two Cats

  1. What great tips! We love the sign your humans put on the door to keep movers out. It sounds like your humans thought of everything to make your move as stress-free for you kitties as possible. Paws up!

  2. Truly excellent and comprehensive post, something everyone should read. Whilst we may like boxes, we cats really don’t want to be bundled off and rested like packing cases!
    Thanks for sharing this wonderful insight…
    Purrrs
    ERin

  3. Excellent post Savannah & very helpful! Mom wants to find us an old house one of these days. Your list help her ease some of her worries for when we do decide to move. She was thinking she would have to load me & the doggie up in the car & drive & park somewhere while the house is being shown, but your #10 makes more sense. I sure hope that you all have found a place that you can make your home for a very long time. I bet you’re very excited to get settled! Purrs!

  4. chrisscatmeow on said:

    Wishing you all the very best in your purrfect new for ever home.x🐾🐾🐾😻😻💕

  5. 15andmeowing on said:

    Great tips. I love that your Dad tracked the sun to be sure you would have enough puddles 🙂

  6. Great tips! Yep, when the peeps moved, TW was in the condo and Pop stayed behind with Nicky and Autumn. They were so optimistic that if they brought both cats in together, they would get along. They didn’t. The cats were the last to be moved. Of course, they got all new furniture so there were no familiar smells hardly, but they were hoping without each other’s scents, they’d find peace.

  7. Mary McNeil on said:

    Not exactly revelant – but many years ago I made a move that involved my (at the time) 4 dogs – and I transported them one at a time (it wasn’t a great distance) in the order of seniority – so that the oldest dog of the household (in terms of age and seniority) went first so they were in their hierarchy.

  8. Brilliant tips. We love the video of the first exploration. So fun. Moving with cats is different than moving with a dog. Mom brought me to the new house a bunch of times before we moved in. I sniffed around inside and outside, and was kind of used to things by moving day. That day, I spent a lot of time on my leash, watching the action.

    Love and licks,
    Cupcake

  9. This is totally awesome to see! I am so glad you are HOME. Really Home!!! Great and valuable tips for anyone moving with cats Savvy!

  10. Good advice! When momma wuz little, she lost a cat because some idiot who was wanted to look at our house pulled up in our driveway and ran over the kitty sleeping there. The humans were all devastated – she was a very young cat. One of the many reasons we’re all indoors-only now.

  11. The Swiss Cats on said:

    Great tips ! We never moved, but we’re glad your move went so well. Purrs

  12. Those are excellent tips and the warning sign is most appropriate!

  13. Those sound like great tips. Sweet Savannah you look fabulous, it seems you and sweet Sage settled in and are doing very well in your new home. We are so happy for you all and glad the move is behind you. Enjoy your new home. Love, hugs and nose kisses

  14. Those are some excellent tips, Savannah…some of them we didn’t even think of ourselves. We’ve never moved, but the mom has moved with other cats in the past. We’re glad your move went well and you are loving your new home.

  15. Well done! I love your tips! Looks like you’re going to be very happy in your new home 😻

  16. I think these are great tips! And I’m so happy that you came out first to explore, Savvy! The last time the humans moved, the new house was only three blocks away. So she actually moved Sparkle, Binga and Boodie first and put them in an empty bedroom with some of their familiar things while the movers brought everything over. Binga was unhappy she didn’t get to supervise the movers, but everyone else was fine with it.

  17. Those are great tips, Savvy, I only would add one more…don’t forget to tell your kitties that you are going to move, lots of time and especially that final day. It does help a lot 🙂 It’s lovely to see you and TKS in the video. We are so happy that it all went so smooth after all 🙂 Good Luck Pawkisses in your new home. I’m sure it feels like your own already ❤ Pawkisses for a Happy Monday 🙂 ❤

  18. Billie Cummings on said:

    Glad to see you are settling in well, without mishaps!

  19. that are very good tips… and I’m glad everything was ok with the moving… it is a challenge for all even here where the most people have only family and friends for help and no professional moving companies…

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