10 Terrific Tips for Moving Your Cat to a New Home

Howdy LBL readers! Today we have the special treat of having Christina from Corstina guest post for us! Please sure to visit her blog, you won't regret it! From favorite Pinterest pins to insightful posts about her life, Christina's blog is full of Christian living and love.

Hey everyone! I am so excited to be guest blogging on Lana’s blog today. Since I work for a moving company called U-Pack®, I get asked a lot of questions about anything and everything moving related. Lana loves cats (isn’t Siri beautiful?), so I thought, “Why not about a post about moving your cat?” Purrrrrrfect!

10 Terrific Tips for Moving Your Cat to a New Home

  • 1. Make sure you have the right sized carrier for your cat. The carrier should be large enough for your cat to fully turn, stand up, and move around.
  • 2. If you’re flying with your cat, call your airline to find out their requirements for pets. Each airline is different, so find out sooner rather than later.
  • 3. If you’re traveling by car to your new home, get your cat used to the car by driving your cat around the block in its carrier at least once per day.
  • 4. Take your cat to the vet before you move. You need to make sure your cat is healthy enough for travel and that vaccinations are up-to-date.
  • 5. If you can, put moving boxes around your house to get your cat used to them. Most cats, like Siri, love boxes, so leave an empty box around for them to hide in come moving day.
  • 6. Or consider putting your cat in pet daycare on moving day. This way, there’s no chance of running off due to loud noises or escaping out the door that’s going to be open and closed numerous times throughout the day.
  • 7. Avoid a catastrophe! (Sorry I couldn’t help it!) Put your cat on a leash or harness when you take breaks from traveling. Also, make sure your cat has the right identification just in case.
  • 8. Cats aren’t big on change, so keep to your cat’s regular routine as much as possible throughout the moving process.
  • 9. Give your cat plenty of familiarity during the move by putting their favorite toy in the carrier and packing up their favorite spots last.
  • 10. Once you arrive at your new home, immediately decide where your cat’s food, water, and litter box will go. This will instantly give your cat a feeling of establishment in your new home.

Okay, so those are some of my best tips for moving your cat to a new home! If you have more tips to add to my list, leave a comment and let me know! Thanks, Lana, for letting me guest post today on your blog!

Thank you, Christina!  This is great information to keep in mind if you are moving your precious kitty cats.   


  1. Very helpful post, a lot of times people think cats are like dogs and they will be fine moving and getting in cars but they aren't! Cats are thrown for a loop when taken out of their space. This reminded me of one time we found our cat had wondered down our road and we thought we would pick it up and take it home, no carrier, let's just say it wasn't pretty and Ms. Cat did not enjoy ride and neither did we! ! ! Lol! Thanks for the tips! :)

  2. Great idea for a post, very useful tips and info!

  3. Thanks, ladies! I think it was great information, too. Christina did a great job. :)

  4. My poor cats moved no less than 7 times (military family!) great tips! following you from the Wandering Brain hop!

    1. Thanks for your reply, Kat! I am following you back. :)

  5. These are awesome ideas :). If money is tight and you can't afford to put the cat(s) in daycare, you could always put them in a room with food, water, and a litter box that way you don't have to worry about them running out...just make sure they can't open the door to escape.

  6. Your blog provided us with valuable information to work with. Each & every tips of your post are awesome. Thanks a lot for sharing. Keep blogging,
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  7. Maintain the routine of your pet – it is likely that you have a ton of tasks to look into, such as packing, researching possible removal companies to hire and preparing your new home for arrival. But it is absolutely mandatory that you keep the routine of your cat the same as much as possible. This mostly includes play and feeding times. Otherwise you will stress the animal further.


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  9. Thanks for your tips on how to store your things in Self Storage Units during a move. It is really helpful for me. Thanks once again.


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