Why Is My Cat So Vocal?
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By Dr. Jess Trimble
When it comes to adjusting your cat to city life, making sure your building is pet-friendly is just the tip of the iceberg. In the same way that parents will focus on school districts and best-rated pediatricians in preparation for a move, there are quite a few factors pet parents need to consider. From the square-footage of your new space to the regional climate (in the case of this post, the climate in the bay area), the needs of your cat should be your priority—keeping in mind that these needs can vary based on the breed and age of your cat(s).
When it comes to finding a new place, making sure the price is right is important, but so is making sure your fuzziest roommate will be comfortable (seeing as they’ll probably spend more time there than you will). So, before you start scouring Zillow and Craigslist for the perfect place, we recommend creating a checklist of necessities for your cat in order of importance—including everything from the obvious (pet-friendliness) to, well, the less obvious (leaky sink).
Start your checklist with these questions and tailor to your cat as needed. You may even discover things you hadn’t even considered for yourself!
If you’ve ever moved to a new city, state or country before, you probably know all too well how important it is that you move into a safe neighborhood or community. And while your concerns may revolve around what the nightlife is like, vicinity to public transportation, or where you can get the best cup of coffee—when it comes to your cat, it is important to take note of community aspects of a different sort. Is there a good vet (or vet service) in your neighborhood? If your cat gets anxiety outdoors or in vehicles, can vet care be delivered to your door every month? Is there a pet supply store within walking/driving/public transport distance? If you need pet care while you’re away, are those resources readily available to you?
If you have a cat that enjoys the outdoors, there are many things to consider, but firstly, you should consider your options when it comes to a fully screened in cat enclosure. This enclosed environment is an outdoor cat owner’s best option. However, you also need to have a place (like a patio) that is secure and can be easily supervised. That being said, your cat is always safest in the comfort of your own home, so if going outside is avoidable—avoid it.
So, you’ve done it! You found the perfect place for you and your feline—your cat just doesn’t know it yet. The best way to ensure that they are comfortable and content in their new pad? Prep! Aside from maintaining your cat’s regular routines in your new place, we have a few more tips to help with adjusting your cat to city life and their new crib:
Making sure your cat is microchipped and equipped with a collar and ID is crucial—even if your cat has never left the house. Taking these extra precautions can help you find your cat in an emergency situation, and allow you to rest assured that you can always keep track of your furry friend.
If it has been a few weeks and your cat still isn’t adjusting to its new big city life, it might be time to ask a vet! Every Fuzzy membership includes vet access via live chat and email, so you never have to be stuck wondering what’s on your cat’s mind. Our goal is to empower you with everything you need to take a proactive role in your pet’s health, especially after making a big move. Whether it’s through tailored health recommendations, medications or just a bit of expert reassurance—we got you!
Questions about moving? Ask our vet team!