Own cats (more like they own you) and thinking about selling your home?

Moving is stressful at the best of times and it is equally stressful for your pets.  Luckily there are a few things you can do to help your pets with the transition.

When you’re selling your home you’re going to have strangers roaming around your house which can be very tough on your pets, especially your cats.  Ideally, you’re able to remove your cats from the home during showings. Unfortunately, we tend not to take our cats for a ride to anywhere fun, so they can view their carriers as a scary thing.  With that in mind, start acclimating your cat to their carrier right away.  Here is a site with some great suggestions https://www.preventivevet.com/cats/cat-carrier-stress-tips .  If you can’t remove your cat from the home during showings I recommend putting them in a large dog crate (the larger the better), with a littler-box, covered with a blanket.  Don’t have a large dog crate?  You can often find friends or family that have one in the garage that you can borrow.  Or perhaps you know someone like me that have a ton of crates for just this reason. 🙂  Using a crate avoids the risk of your cat escaping out the door and can reduce their stress.  A stressed-out cat can exhibit many unwanted behaviors like destructive scratching of furniture or urinating/defecating outside of the litter-box just to name a few.

Keeping your Veterinarian in the loop throughout the process is always a good idea.  They may have other recommendations which may include hormones like Feliway/Comfort Zone.  Often having the Feliway plugins in the home while it is listed can help as well.   The most important thing is to start early so that your cat is comfortable with your process well before your home hits the market.

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