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Moving with Your Cat
Photo Courtesy of Camden
Photo Courtesy of Camden
Bianca Welsh
Monday, May. 22, 2023

Moving into your new Camden apartment can be exciting but stressful for everyone, including your pets. Cats do not often like change and moving from one home to the next will require some extra thought and care.

The best way to guarantee a smooth transition is to be prepared before, during, and after the moving process. Here are a few tips to help ensure an easy move for you and your feline friend. 


Cat sitting on a bed at a Camden apartment

Photo Courtesy of Camden Cotton Mills in Charlotte, NC

Before the Move 

Schedule a Vet Visit 

  • Before your move-in date, schedule a visit with your cat’s vet. Many apartment communities require proof of vaccination records at move-in. Obtaining a copy will save you a stop at the leasing office on your move-in day!  

  • If your cat is more anxious than others, talk to your vet ahead of time about managing it. They may be able to recommend calming aids, supplements, or anxiety medication to help reduce added stress.

 Carrier Comfortability 

  • On move-in day, your cat will spend most of the time in its carrier. If your fur baby dislikes being in its carrier, try coaching it to feel more comfortable.  

  • Leave the door open in a room your cat frequently goes into. Try leaving treats or their favorite toys in the carrier to encourage them to go inside. The more fearful your cat is of the carrier, the earlier you want to start this.  

During the Move 

Small Meal 

  • Moving can cause stress, which can upset your cat’s stomach. Help reduce the potential of an upset tummy or vomiting by cutting down your cat’s meals that day. 


Keep your Cat Contained 

  • On your moving day, you will be in and out of your home loading up the moving truck. Put your cat in an empty room with food, water, toys, and a litter box. This will eliminate the possibility of your cat escaping! 


After the Move

Deep Clean 

  • Shampoo & vacuum all carpeted areas to remove any lingering fur left behind from previous pets. Cats have a strong sense of smell and can pick up on anything remaining.


Set a Home Base Room 

  • Choose a home base for your cat where you can keep their litter box, food bowl, and toys. Be sure to spend a lot of time with your cat in this area to familiarize them with the new environment. This will ease any anxiety or fear they may have while exploring.  


Kitty Besties

Photo by Raul Varzar on Unsplash We can’t wait for you and your fur baby to make your Camden community home! Do you need more moving advice? Check out this blog for five essential moving tips

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