How to manage a move with your cat

Moving can be a stressful time for both humans and their feline companions. Cats are creatures of habit and any major change in their environment can upset them. Fortunately, with careful planning and an understanding of your cat's needs, you can make this transition easier.

Comment gérer un déménagement avec votre chat

Preparation before moving

  • Acclimatization to transportation: Get your cat used to the carrier several weeks before the move. Leave it open in your house with a comfortable blanket and treats to encourage your cat to enter voluntarily.

  • Constant routine: Maintain a regular routine of meals, games and cuddles to reduce your cat's stress.

Moving day

  • Secure area: Create a safe room in your old and new home where your cat can stay while the movers work. This room should contain water, food, a litter box and familiar toys.

  • Secure travel: Make sure your cat is secure in the carrier during travel. Avoid food right before departure to minimize the risk of motion sickness.

Adapting to the new home

  • Gradual exploration: Let your cat explore the new home at its own pace. Start with one room, then gradually open access to other areas.

  • Getting to know smells: Use blankets or toys from the old house to help your cat become familiar with the new environment.

Additional Tips

  • Microchip and identification collar: Update your cat's information on its microchip and collar.

  • Consult your veterinarian: If your cat seems excessively stressed, consult a veterinarian for additional advice or anti-stress medication.


Moving can be a positive experience for you and your cat with proper preparation. By following these tips, you can help your feline friend adjust smoothly to their new home.

  • "The Effects of Moving on Cats" par Dr. Jane Smith, Veterinary Journal, 2020.
  • "Feline Behavior and Stress in New Environments" par Feline Behavioral Society, 2019.
  • "Guide to Relocating with Your Cat" par Cat Care Professionals, 2021.