Moving: From the Cat's Point of View

Real Estate Agent with Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA KW Legacy Group S44645

Not so extreme, I moved my own cats across town.  I found that I fell into a catch 22...much like my clients.


Leaving them at the current home was stressful for them and me.  They were scared of all of the boxes and strangers in the house that were there to help pack.  At first, the boxes everywhere were fun right?  Lots to explore.  But then the cats were in the boxes and needed to be moved.  Not to mention all the strangers in the house!  One cat loved new people and saw it as an opportunity for extra people to pet them.  The other was scared to death and would not stop hiding.  One of them was fascinated by all the activity and the people going in and out.  Could they go outside and explore?  They were under foot and in danger. 




Moving them to the new place ahead of the furniture and their family was just as problematic.  They would be there a new place...without their "people".  But it was also an opportunity to check it out.  Find the sunshine.  Find a good hiding place.  Have some quiet before the bustle of all the boxes coming into the new space.  One of my cats found such a good hiding place, that I still to this day don't know where he was for the first couple of days after we moved in.  I knew he was eating at night but I didn't see him at all until the 3rd day when it was just me in the condo and he jumped on my lap unexpectedly.  


From your pet's point of view, there is a lot of change happening all at once.  There are calming sprays and other medications that can be prescribed by your pet's doctor to assist with the move.  I have found that making sure that they have their things with their smell in a quiet place makes all the difference.  And just having each other.  


What are your tips for moving day or the weeks ahead of the actual move?  I would love to hear your suggestions!






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Karen Feltman, REALTOR®, ABR, AHS, CHMS,                                                                      CNE,CRS, e-Pro, green, GRI, SRES, TRC

Keller Williams Legacy Group

4850 Armar Drive SE Ste B

Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52403


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Comments (6)

Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

We moved with 3 cats from Los Angeles to Napa.  They hung out outside when things were getting packed, and everything was transferred to the truck that was going North. On our last night there we slept in our empty bedroom on an airmattress and they joined us.  The next morning, each was in her own carrier open in the back seat along with water and a litter box.  They were just fine.  On the 7 hour drive, they did not use their litter box, drank water and had a bite of food in the car.    They adjusted to the new place without any problems...and the same situation happened when we moved to Santa Barbara from Napa.  A

Jun 29, 2021 11:11 AM
Karen Feltman

You are so lucky!  I have had clients share nightmare stories with me about their cats escaping outside and having to spend all night looking for them.  Then the constant meowing in the car.  The vomiting from being carsick, etc.  

Jun 29, 2021 11:34 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Karen - a smart(and thoughtful) post.  Definitely one that can cause upfront conversation and lots of planning.  

Jun 29, 2021 12:53 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Loved your post, we moved seven years ago with two cats and it was not easy Diane stayed at the old place initially and I was at the new place one parent was with the cats... needless to say then we switched roles and the cats felt safe with MOM at the new place... Endre

Jun 29, 2021 11:30 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Karen... I can't calculate anymore how many times I've moved with cats... nationally, internationally, locally... fortunately, never experienced an issues with any of them. But for anyone moving with pets this is something to be very aware of.

Jun 30, 2021 05:01 AM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

I moved few times with cats as well. It is stressful for them since they do not really like changes. It takes few weeks for a cat to explore and get to use to a new place, but eventually they get happy again.  

Jan 30, 2022 11:21 AM
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