I moved apartments recently. This was a first for my cat, Mimosa, a dainty little domestic shorthair with a lovable disposition. She took to the early stages of the experience just fine, although towards the end she definitely became somewhat spooked at various junctions. Here’s my photo-heavy musings on moving with a cat.
Always set up your moving boxes in a manner to create an impromptu cat mountain for your favorite feline. The use of levels is imperative.
Of course, neatly folded and freshly laundered blankets should be stacked in a fashion to tempt the cat to smoosh themselves snugly between them.
Triple-bag your mattress when moving — otherwise the cat’s just gonna assume it’s a fun new bed-slash-scratching device.
Caution: If you have a 10-pound cat, don’t buy a cat carrier recommended for pets who are 10 pounds. Even if you think the cat would appreciate the flashy pink-topped roof. Why? Because your arms will get royally scratched attempting to put the darling creature through the tiny doorway possibly designed only for a small hamster.
Always move with feline-friendly movers — you know, ones who will take a quick video of your cat in transit and then text you pics of their own cat in return. This is Rasta (below), who lives with Jarrod from Metropolis Moving. When not hauling heavy boxes, Jarrod likes to philosophize the cat-centric moving experience in these lofty terms: “Imagine how you’d feel if giants stepped out of the sky and began casually rearranging and removing the buildings on your block. That is what moving feels like to a cat.”
Caution: If you decide that the bathroom is the best room to move all of the cat’s stuff into before the move (you know, litter box, food, scratcher), resist the temptation to put the cat in the bathtub at first (you know, in case she pees her little pants). Why? Because at some point after sweating buckets during moving day you’re going to want to shower and your lovable furball might not quite be ready to move out of her temporary safe spot just yet.
Always move to a place where the custodian of the block is a cat. This is Sophie, a long-haired upholder of the law who also likes to scratch her claws on the tires of a nearby parked car. (She has a permit.)
When new to an area, always look out for reassuring signs of a professional crazy cat lady. This bold flag suggests that I will soon be enjoying high tea, scones, and fine cat chat every Wednesday afternoon.
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About Phillip Mlynar: The self-appointed world’s foremost expert on rappers’ cats. When not penning posts on rap music, he can be found building DIY cat towers for his adopted domestic shorthair, Mimosa, and collecting Le Creuset cookware (in red). He has also invented cat sushi, but it’s not quite what you think it is.