One of the things that you can do is to put them in a quiet room where they won't be bothered. Set-up all of their belongings in this room before opening their carrier. Giving them this quiet room will allow them to slowly adjust to being in an unfamiliar place in a stress free environment. This means that they can direct all of their attention to adjusting to their new home, which will make the process go as quickly and smoothly as possible. The last thing that your cat needs in a new environment is more stress.
Ease it in
Once the cat is used to the quiet room, slowly give it access to more parts of the home. This will allow them to adjust to each of the rooms one by one. Doing this means that the cat will be able to focus on each new room and adjust to and explore the space as quickly as possible. It will also ensure that your cat doesn't feel overwhelmed by having to adjust to all of the parts of the house at once. While you do this, you may want to make efforts to put your cat's smell around the new rooms for the same reason as above.
Another thing that can help your cat to adjust to a new home is familiar items. This can be treats, toys, its bed, as well as any other belongings that your cat has. Ideally these items will smell of itself, you and your previous home. The idea is to get it to associate the new home with stimuli that it associates with its old home. This will help your cat to make the link between the two places and see the new place as its home. On top of this, having things around that are familiar will offset the stress that it feels from the unfamiliar environment.
Transporting your cat
When transporting your cat to the new home, there are various things that you will want to do to help it deal with the transport. You will want to make sure that it has a chance to get used to the carrier before the transport. To do this, you will want to leave it open in your home so that your cat can go in and out of it. To get it to go into the carrier, you can put its food bowl into the carrier. As well as this, you will want to make sure that your cat doesn't eat too much before the transport.
Moving home? Use Moving Select today to ensure that your move is as stress free as possible.