We are moving next week. It’s a short move (all of 6 blocks!)
We had originally planned to move our two cats the same way we did two years ago:
The cats were crated in our old apartment, the movers moved everything, then my husband & I transported the cats to the new place after all the boxes & bags & bins had been deposited but not unpacked. After uncrating but before putting them in their carriers for car transport we first gave them a chance to make a good all-over sniffing of their empty old home.
We’re now wondering if we should move the cats first, let them explore their new home while its empty, then crate them in a secluded room on moving day so they are protected.
Which method do you think would make the two cats the least stressed out? Neither is stress-free, obviously.
This will possibly be the last time either of them moves house for the rest of their lives.
They are (2) indoor-only cats and always have been, so our apartment was, and our new condo soon will be 99% of their world.
Their crate is actually and Extra Large size Petmate dog kennel - it’s 30" high and fits the two cats comfortably with a water dish, blanket & space to move around. Similar model pictured here. They go in it for short periods when our landlord needs to show the apartment, or if he needs to come by with a plumber or somesuch when we’re not home. Their carriers for car transport are of much more modest proportions.