Least traumatic way to move our cats?
August 22, 2005 3:52 PM Subscribe
Three older, nervous cats; one move from apartment to house in the same city; two possible solutions to keep our cats safe and reasonably unfrazzled. Please help us choose the best one.
posted by maudlin to Pets & Animals (18 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
We're moving from the Toronto apartment we've lived in for 14 years to a 2 storey townhouse halfway across town. We expect the professional movers will take several hours to load up (here and at the storage locker) and unload at the new place. Our 16 and 15 year old cats have moved only once before. The 10 year old has never been moved. They are shy of strangers and noise at the best of times.
Option A: My husband says we should keep them in our near-empty bedroom for the load-up, then move them by our car to a small office in the new house. We can put food, water, the litterbox, familiar bits of furniture and toys in each room and can visit them occasionally throughout the day to cuddle them. We make it extremely clear to the movers (in writing and in person) that these special rooms are not to be entered. My worry about this method is that the cats will endure several hours of noise, strangers and disruption, half of it at a very new and strange place. In addition, each time we visit the cats we run the risk of them getting loose.
Option B: We take them to a local vet to be boarded in small cages for the day. They hate going to the vet, but are stoic and well mannered about all kinds of undignified medical care and they all have been boarded before. My husband thinks this would be even more disruptive than keeping them in a room as they have to endure both a "vet visit" and a brnad new house in the same day.