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Moving into a small apartment with a cat

Are you in desperate need of moving into a smaller apartment, but you are worried that your beloved cat will suffer because of this drastic change? Now is the time to let some of that build-up stress go. There is a lot of great news in store for you. Your favorite furball can live a very content and exciting life in your new downsized home. However, when moving into a small apartment with your pet, there are certain details you should always make sure are well-taken care of.

Moving into a small apartment with your kitty

Your relocation is coming up, and it is only natural that you are overwhelmed with all preparations related to your moving day. Organizing your move is unfortunately never a simple thing to do, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. While you are in the mix of taking care of business, you can never neglect your cat‘s needs. If you want to be not just a good pet parent but an excellent one, here is what you must pay special attention to.

No lack of entertainment

When relocating with a pet into a smaller space, there is a chance that you might be disappointed with the size of your new residence. Yet, you can be certain that this is not the case with your cat. Unlike humans, cats can be very happy even in the smallest of places. Boredom will only occur if you decide for whatever reason to neglect your furry companion. Your attention and devotion are what actually provides happiness and entertainment. Keep this in mind once you are settled into your new home.

Your kitty climbing a cat tree that you bought after moving into a small apartment.
Purchase interesting cat toys that your pet can play with when you aren’t around.

Don’t neglect the importance of litter box positioning and maintenance

Now that you are out of your spacious home and you and your cat have moved into a compact space, positioning the litter box might be somewhat of a challenge. Having an accident out of the box can be a much more unpleasant surprise in a more refined place. The uncomfortable and overwhelming stench can easily take over the entire apartment. So, here is how you can avoid such an unwelcoming scenario.

Be smart when choosing food

The food that you give your cat can contribute to the odors of its litter. That is why you should always opt for premium cat food that contains fewer grain fillers. This will keep your pet’s tummy happy and your apartment smelling like your favorite candles instead of your cat’s bathroom accident.

A beautiful gray cat sitting in front of its feeding bowls.
Just like you choose the best foods for your family and yourself, do the same for your feline friend.

Cleanliness should never be neglected

After moving into a small apartment, you must ensure that the litter box maintenance is always on point. Keeping your kittens toilet in tip-top shape is extremely important. Cats are very meticulous and particular creatures. If their litter box is not up to their satisfaction, they will feel free to take care of their business elsewhere. Consequently, you will receive an unwanted and smelly present.

If possible have two litter boxes

Of course, there isn’t lots of space in your new home. That is why we cannot insist that you follow this particular advice. Nevertheless, if you can swing it, you should make sure your cat has two litter boxes. This way, you can avoid the previously mentioned situation. In case one of the litter boxes is not as it should be, your cat can use the other one and spare you the mess.

Kitty warning!

If you are doing everything you are supposed to with your cat’s litter box and your cat refuses to use it, there might be some deeper issue with your pat. In such an instance, visiting a vet is never a bad idea. It is always better to be safe than sorry.

The outdoor can be an alternative

The topic of indoor cats being outside can be a real conversation spark among cat owners. The truth is that your cat can be 100% happy in a small apartment without going out if you do your part as their owner. Fun activities and cat toys can easily be an exceptional substitution for taking your puss outside. If you want to give your cat a slight change of scenery, you can always let it roam the hallways of your building or seal your balcony. It can be a subtle and safe change of pace.

Placing of the bed is very important

Cats sleep twice as much in comparison to humans. So, it is safe to say your roommate will need its beauty rest. Having a comfy sleeping area for your cat is an absolute must. Once your move is over and you start settling in, watch and observe. Ask yourself where your cat likes to sleep the most. Very often, it is a spot where you like to hangout. Also, more often than not, it happens to be a peaceful place that is somewhat elevated. Thus make sure your cat bed is placed in the perfect spot because if not rested, your cat will be cranky and, as a result, not so pleasant to be around.

A gray cat taking a snooze on white bed sheets.
Get ready to share, because your cat will like to nap in the same place where you like to get horizontal.

What if you fail to do your duties as a pet parent?

The consequences of neglecting to make our kitten safe and comfy in your new place are more severe than you might think. When cats feel like they are neglected or not taken care of in any other way, their behavior starts to change. Unfortunately, it always changes for the worst. Avoiding the use of a litter box is a mild form of sending signals that something is out of order. More serious reactions can result in excessive shines, aggression, and even destructive behavior.

Conclusion

In the end, moving into a small apartment is something that your cat will overcome with a blink of an eye. But, what really counts is how dedicated you are to your pet. If you give it the proper attention, fulfill its necessities (toys, litter box, etc.), and your love, you can be sure that your cat will start enjoying your new cozy home in no time.

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The ultimate guide to organizing a move during holidays

Moving during holidays is undoubtedly a less popular scenario. Even though you will be unpacking a different kind of boxes, this period of the year doesn’t need to be stressful and hectic. If you take the right approach, you can celebrate and relocate to a new home with ease. We prepared the only guide you need – everything you need to know about organizing a move during holidays. Whether you’re moving locally or to another state, these tips will help you go through the process smoothly and unpack your ornaments boxes at a new address. Let’s begin with the most wonderful time of the year!

Schedule your moving date on time

One of the first things you should do when organizing a move is scheduling your moving date. Even though the holiday season is not the most favorite moving time, moving companies are often busy and with limited schedules. Therefore, you shouldn’t rely on the fact that this is not the peak moving season, but start searching for a mover as soon as possible. Make sure you do some research, read reviews, and get recommendations – it’s the only way to hire a professional moving company and enjoy a safe and stress-free relocation. Relying on someone trustworthy will reduce the moving stress and let you enjoy the holidays.

Remember: when relocating during the holidays, try to be as flexible as possible when picking a date. Flexibility will give you lower moving rates, which is always an advantage. Also, be sure to avoid the actual holidays – Thanksgiving, Christmas, Black Friday, and other days that include heavy traffic and a hectic atmosphere all around.

 

December calendar The festive season is always busy, so make plans on time for organizing a move during the holidays.

Save the money when organizing a move during holidays

Holidays are great, but they are often costly. Adding the moving expenses, you can quickly run out of funds. However, careful planning of your moving budget and holiday expenses can help you spend money reasonably. Here are some ways to stretch a dollar when moving during the holidays:

  • start planning and saving money on time – since you’ll have to spend a lot in a short time frame, be sure to start saving in advance;
  • book flights early – booking your flights (and movers) early will ensure lower expenses;
  • get moving supplies for free – to save some money, try to find free moving boxes in liquor stores, Craigslist, or from friends who recently moved. Furthermore, use the items in your home instead of moving boxes – gym and tote bags, suitcases, laundry baskets, and even garbage bags can help save a lot of money.
  • buy items you need on holiday sales – moving during holidays is great since you can get many things (including presents) on special sale days such as Black Friday. To save time, we advise you to focus on online shopping.
  • build your moving team – asking your friends and relatives to help you out with packing and other chores is another way to save.
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The holiday season includes a lot of sales – be sure to shop wisely.

Declutter your home

Decluttering is a great way to free up some space, reduce moving costs, and make someone happy during the holiday season. Donating items that are in good condition to a charity will put a smile on someone’s face and help you save on moving costs. Also, if there are a lot of items left, try to organize a garage sale and earn some money.

a person packing clothes
Sorting out your belongings has many benefits when moving to another home.

Pack wisely

When packing for the move, remember that organization is the key. It’s best to pack systematically – you can start with the rarely used belongings and finish with the everyday things. Also, labeling is an essential step for a fast and easy unpacking process. It will help movers distribute boxes into appropriate rooms and even help you find specific items without unpacking all the boxes at once.

Bonus tip: when packing your household, two boxes should be separate from all the others. The first one is the first night box, containing the items you’ll need on your first night in the new home. And the second one should hold your holiday decorations and be appropriately labeled. It’s nicer to have a decorated home once you move in and make the new place homey by bringing the holiday spirit.

Prepare for the cold

If moving during holidays means you’ll be traveling with snow and low temperatures, be sure to be ready for it. Firstly, prepare warm clothes, gloves, and other items for your moving day. Furthermore, additionally protect the things that are sensitive to extreme weather conditions, such as electronics. And finally, if you’re traveling by car, make sure your vehicle is ready for icy roads and blizzards.

Set up your new home

To function well once you move in, be sure to set up your new home beforehand. This means contacting your utility providers, checking the heating, and, most importantly, installing a security system. Robberies are common during the holiday season, as many families travel. Therefore, make sure your family arrives safely and feels good and relaxed on the first day in the new house.

Bonus tip: Don’t forget to update your address with the post office so that you can get all the Christmas cards and gifts to the right address! Furthermore, if you do some online shopping or have some subscriptions, add the new home address so everything can arrive at your new home.

Enjoy the time with your family

We understand that relocations tend to be busy and stressful. But you shouldn’t forget that the holiday season is the time to spend with your family, and feel loved. That’s why you should take your time with organizing a move during holidays, and make sure you have planned every step in advance. It will help you feel more confident about the moving process and take care of the tasks much faster and easier.

 

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