If you have ever owned a cat and tried to move house you know that certain steps help you and the cat prepare. And as a cat owner have you ever thought of choosing your new property with care to ensure it is a cat friendly home? Here are some top tips to help.
Choosing a new home with your cat in mind
If you’re a cat owner, when it comes to finding a house you want to buy, it’s not only yourself that you need to think of! You also have to consider how suitable the properties you’re looking at would be for your fur baby, and whether or not your cat would be safe and happy living there. It’s not always easy to know what to keep an eye out for when it comes to cat-friendly houses, so here are some tips and suggestions of factors to keep in mind during property viewings.
The local area
Before you even get to the property itself, take a look around the neighbourhood to see how suitable it is for pet owners. For example is there a good vet surgery within easy traveling distance of the house you’re looking at? How about a pet store? You may also want to look into the availability of facilities such as catteries or cat sitters for when you go on vacation. In addition, it’s worth checking online whether the area has a high rate of crimes against animals, just in case. If you don’t like what you find, start searching elsewhere.
Outside the house
If you have a cat who likes to go outside, when you arrive at the property you should take a look around to see how safe it would be for them to do so. Consider whether the house is located near a busy road, a railway line, or anything else that might pose a danger to your cat when they go wandering. It might also be worth finding out whether the neighbours own dogs, and if they do, how good they are with cats. Depending on what you find, you might end up ruling the house out before you even step foot inside. Luckily you’re not restricted to a certain type of property or area, although if you’re purchasing through the government’s help to buy scheme it must be a new build property under the relevant maximum price.
The cat friendly property itself
When it comes to the interior of a house, there are a number of different factors to consider when it comes to feline suitability. For instance, you’ll want to look at whether there’s sufficient space for items such as litter trays, cat towers and cat beds. The ultimate cat friendly move is to check whether you’ll be able to fit a cat flap into one of the doors leading outside. Take a look at the garden to see if it’s cat-friendly too, in case there are potential hazards such as ponds or toxic plants and whether you can make them safe.
Once you’ve found a suitable property and moved in, remember to keep your cat inside for at least a week so that they get used to their new home and don’t try to return to the old one.
It’s best to start by leaving them in one room and surrounding them with familiar toys and other items in order to help them settle in more quickly. Then once they are more relaxed, you can allow them to explore the rest of the house!