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question for cat owners 

My cats are traumatized by a lifetime of big moves (including two over the Atlantic, and a number of overnight car rides). I’m trying to make the next move east on them.

The big move is in two weeks but we already have access to the new place, so we’ve started moving small stuff over already. No moving boxes piling up to scare the cats.

But how should we move the cats themselves? Take them over early to get acclimated? Little trips? Take them over day-of?

question for cat owners 

One of my cats is so old and frail that I’m afraid this might actually end him, and I do no want that.

question for cat owners 

@ashfurrow I think keeping them in quiet rooms away from the major moving activity on the day of would be ideal.

I'm leaning toward moving the cats themselves after most of the stuff is moved. They understand territorial scent marking and I think it would reduce stress to have things that already smell like them in the new place.

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@ashfurrow vets can give anti anxiety meds. If I make a big move again, that's what I'm going to do. Poor cat was sooooo unhappy with everything

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@ashfurrow I brought mine with everything and kept her in her box while I prepared a room with her stuff. Then I let her explore it by herself while I kept it closed, so that she wouldn't be overwhelmed - especially while we unpacked and assembled stuff. Then I introduced her to the rest of the apartment by playing with her. She slowly got comfortable, but for a few weeks she appreciated having a quiet small space that she already knew!

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@ashfurrow I also bought a pheromone spray that I used on her blanket and box, for the moving day itself. I think it helped!

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@ashfurrow can you find music that they like? weirdly my cats enjoyed Sting's album, "Bring On The Night." it could calm them right down in any situation. it did mean keeping the album on loop.
I'd say my cats preferred being moved first.
keeping them in a small room before and after moves helped a lot. then when they've calmed down, a treat of their favorite foods + cuddle time.
a small study on the use of pheromones, tho not for moves:
journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/

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@ashfurrow I'm pretty sure my cats were more worried of being left behind than anything else. I traveled a lot, and they'd figure out something was up very early on, either me going on a trip without them, or all of us moving.
it helped that they regarded the cat carriers as safe spaces, and I think they ultimately meant to them we'd all be together. moving them first meant only 8-24 hours of them being upset, vs potentially weeks.
serious YMMV tho. :/

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@ischade thank you!

cats that see cat carriers as safe? must be nice! I won’t even assemble them until the last minute, they hate them.

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@ashfurrow yeah, it was strange! I think the breeder must have raised them that way. I had other cats and was not nearly that lucky with them. :D

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