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Moving home advice needed...

Discussion in 'Cat Chat' started by StuNo1, Oct 12, 2013.


  1. StuNo1

    StuNo1 PetForums Junior

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    Hi,

    I am moving home soon and this will involve my cats being in the back of our car for almost 1 hour.

    I have feliway spray for the cat baskets I am moving them in and feliway for the kitchen they will be in while we move. My questions are as follows:

    1. Is it better to transport them separately or in a dog basket?
    2. How long before I let them out at the new house?

    Cheers

    Stu
     
  2. Cookieandme

    Cookieandme PetForums VIP

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    When I bought and collected April it was a 4 hour return journey, she didn't have a problem with the journey. The other week I transported a kitten that was around a two hour trip. 1 hour shouldn't be an issue.

    I think others would recommend keeping them in for a minimum of 4 weeks.
     
  3. StuNo1

    StuNo1 PetForums Junior

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    Hi, thanks for the reply. Is one big dog carrier or separate cat carriers better?

    I don't think 4 weeks is realistic. Both are outdoor cats and that is a VERY long period of time to be kept 'locked up'.

    I thought 1 week would be adequate time to familiarise themselves with the property?

    Stu
     
  4. Lilylass

    Lilylass PetForums VIP

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    1 hour should be fine - I took Mia (who does NOT travel well unfortunately) to her new home the other week & it was 2 hours and she was fine:)

    I could put them in separate carriers just in case one gets more stressed - but these could be put side by side or so the fronts are opposite so they can see each other


    1 week is NOT enough time when you move before letting them out :(

    I'd certainly recommend 4 weeks (and have done this with Archie who was used to being out all day, every day) - they need time to get used to the new smell of the house, realise that's their new home, look out windows and see the new garden to know where to come back to, new smells & noises outside etc - it's a big deal to them!
     
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