Moving to Miami with a cat

If you’ve decided to move to Miami with your cute furry friend, let us assure you that you will have nothing to worry about. While this coastal city might not be the favorite place for your kitty, it will have plenty of space and friends to hang out with, as all sorts of cats are welcomed in this area. So, before we brief you on the topic of cats and Miami together, let us give you some information regarding moving your feline friend.

Moving with a cat 101

While relocating with a dog might be easier regarding the behavior of your pet, moving a feline will definitely be simpler in terms of space. So, let us give you some advice on how to prevent these issues before the time for chaos comes:

  • Carrier – as you are likely going to be using a carrier for your cat during the move, it would be a great time to get it used to the new space around a week or so before your move to Miami. Put a couple of treats inside the carrier and leave it open. Perhaps start feeding your cat inside it. Be sure to leave the door open, in order to show your pet that it is free to come and go as it pleases. This way, the kitty won’t panic once you lock it in the carrier for the move.
  • Boxes – leave your boxes out for your cat to get used to them before you start packing. That way, when you begin to stuff your belongings into the boxes, your pet won’t be too upset about the difference in the house. In case your cat is skittish about your move to Miami, be sure to have a separate, quiet room, where it can stay while you are packing for the relocation.
  • Routine – be sure to keep to your routine with your pet, before and after moving to Miami. This will make the cat less irritated about the change and it will allow for it to adjust to the new environment more easily.
  • During moving – be sure to feed your cat only a small breakfast before the move, so that it won’t get an upset stomach and try to resist the urge to open the carrier to soothe it once you have begun your journey. While you are loading and unloading the moving truck, don’t forget to have your cat in a secure room, as it might run away if it is too frightened.
  • One you have arrived – cat-proof your house and prepare a quiet, secure room for your pet to rest in for a while. After it has calmed down from moving to Miami, release it into the rest of your new home, room by room.

When you’re moving to Miami with a cat you should know…

Luckily for you and your feline companion, Miami is a city that welcomes all feline friends with open arms. If you had been reading our post about dogs, in case you own one or want to own one, you will notice the difference in the laws right away. So, let us give you the good news:

  • Leash – you should know that there is no leash law in Miami regarding cats. So, you are free to allow your feline to walk wherever it wishes. However, we would advise that you keep your kitty inside the first few weeks after relocating to Miami, until it gets completely used to the new neighborhood

  • Number limit – there is no limit on how many cats one can own in Miami. So, if you had ever dreamt of having your own set of kittens and keeping all of them, instead of having to part with them all too soon, this is the perfect time. But, if we might make a suggestion, be sure to have enough space for all of the cats you’re planning to own after moving to Miami.
  • License – getting a license tag for you cat is optional in Miami. After moving there, if you wish to do so, you can do it at the vet’s. The license will be valid for that cat’s life and if you adopt another feline, you will have the option of getting a tag for it, too, separately.
  • Vet – even though your kitty doesn’t require a license, the laws in Miami say that it must be vaccinated. All felines over four months of age must be vaccinated against rabies. Simply, find a nearby clinic after moving to Miami and take your kitten there, the vet will inform you of any further procedure, if your neighborhood has any special rules regarding cats.

After moving to Miami, I will have a yard full of Thomas O’Malley…

While we all love the adorable alley cat or two, there is such a thing as one too many cats on your lawn. So, if you aren’t planning on keeping the Thomas O’Malley of your neighborhood as your kitty’s street smart friend, we will give you some information regarding Miami laws about stray cats:

  • The TNR – this is the infamous Trap-Neuter-Return, or more commonly known as TNR program, which has been active in Miami-Dade County for a while. It is an attempt to stabilize the cat population in a humane manner by neutering the strays of the neighborhoods. It is completely free to all Miami citizens.

  • Animal Control – as Animal Control isn’t responsible for the local population of stray felines, it won’t answer a call by sending a van to your neighborhood.
  • Trapping – in case you are worried about your cat being in danger from neighborhood strays after moving to Miami, there is an option of trapping them and then bringing them to the Pet Adoption and Protection Center for vaccines and sterilization. If you have chosen this method, you will need to either purchase your own or rent a trap from Animal Control. After you have trapped the community cat, you will need to take it to the Center yourself, as Animal Control won’t pick up a trapped feline. After the cat is vaccinated and neutered, it will be released back into the neighborhood, safe for your kitten to play with.
  • Owning strays – if you are feeding any of the strays in your neighborhood after moving to Miami, you should know that it doesn’t make you their owner in the eyes of the law.

And with this information, we wish you and your kitten a happy trip to Miami!

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