How to Sneak a Cat Into an Apartment

If you’re reading this, then it means that you have a cat and are looking to move into an apartment. Or perhaps, like me when I first moved out of my parents’ house, your lease requires you to disclose if there is any pet in the home. If this is the case for you, I’m happy to say that today’s post will be very helpful! This article is written to help with how to sneak a cat into an apartment.

Sneak a Cat Into an Apartment

The most important thing is preparation before even thinking about sneaking your cat into an apartment. Make sure that your cat (and yourself) are prepared for this new environment. There are many things to consider both before moving day and during the process; however, everything should go smoothly with these tips in mind! 

Reason to Sneak a Cat Into an Apartment

Why would you even want to sneak a cat into an apartment? If your lease forbids the presence of any pet, then this is probably not the best option for you. However, if your lease doesn’t forbid it or if you don’t have a written contract with your landlords specifying that pets are prohibited (even if they say “no pets allowed!”), then you probably should consider bringing your cat with you.

In the long term having a cat can be beneficial to your mental and physical health and help save money on things like air fresheners and other odors! Also, having a cat will keep those mice at bay which is always a plus for any apartment dweller.

10 Step on How to Sneak a Cat Into an Apartment

Step 1:  Gather Your Supplies

Decide if you want to keep your cat in a carrier or let them out. If you are bringing your cat in a carrier, make sure that it is large enough for the cat to sit up and move around comfortably. I recommend getting one that opens on top so that the cat can jump in when it’s time to go. On the other hand, if your cat is perfectly fine in a carrier and behaves well in it, then I recommend letting them be free!

Cat in a Carrier

It will not only help with the stress of moving, but it’s also nice for the cat to feel like they’re home. The last thing you want is your new roomie or neighbor coming into your apartment to bang on a locked carrier while your cat is hiding under the bed!

Step 2:  Notify Your Landlord

Drop a quick note in the mail or send an email letting them know that you have a pet and what kind it is. This way, they can get their carpets cleaned before you move in to avoid any potential accidents. Leaving a little note of good faith and courtesy is never a bad idea!

Step 3:  Take Your Cat To The Vet

Even if your cat is up to date on all their shots, they must see the vet before moving day to be sure. There could be something wrong with your cat that you’re unaware of, and moving day might be the only time they display symptoms. So take your cat to the vet and get everything checked out before moving day to avoid potential disaster.

Take Your Cat to the Vet

Step 4:  Prepare Your Cat For The New Place

If you’ve ever taken a road trip with a dog, then you know how stressful it can be for them because of all the new smells. So spritz the carrier, your clothes, and anything else that could smell like home with a cat-friendly spray to help ease the transition for both you and your cat!

Step 5:  Get Your Cat’s Food Ready

Pack up all of their food in one bag so you can easily move it to the new place. If you plan to feed them the same food every day, consider buying 6-7 days of food at once. This will help with any last-minute trips to the store for more cat food!

Step 6:  Pack A Bag For Yourself

If you’re bringing your cat in a carrier, then there is no need to pack anything extra for yourself. However, if you’re letting your cat run free, then it might be a good idea to pack an extra shirt and shorts. Make sure that they do not have any holes or rips, as cats can sometimes scratch unexpectedly!

Step 7:  Use An Old Shirt As A Liner

Cats are notorious for scratching up furniture so consider using an old shirt as a liner to protect the inside of your cat’s carrier. Cats are very curious by nature, so it might be a good idea to use duct tape over any holes in the shirt just in case they claw through!

Step 8:  Arrange A Meeting Between Your New Roommate And Your Cat

If you are bringing your cat to the apartment before the roommate has moved in, then I recommend arranging a meeting between your cat and the new roommate. This will help them both feel more comfortable about each other living together!

Step 9:  Introduce Your Cat To The New Apartment

Put everything down in its place before releasing your cat into its new home. They might get anxious because there are so many new smells, so be patient and give them time to adjust. You can even set their food up in a place where they know it’s okay to eat!

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Step 10:  Enjoy Your New Apartment With Your Cat!

Now you have a best friend for life, enjoy your new apartment with your cat!

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Enjoy New Apartment With Cat

Tips and Warnings


  • If your cat is not comfortable in a carrier, then consider investing in an outdoor enclosure or tent.
  • Make sure they are up to date on all their shots before the move!
  • Set up their food at a place where they know to eat it.


  • If your cat is fine with carriers, but you don’t have one at home, then consider a tent or outdoor enclosure. Cats can be very anxious when in a new environment and prefer to hide instead of exploring!
  • Make sure the carrier is secure and has no holes or rips in it as they like to claw at things!
  • Arrange a meeting between your roommate and cat before moving day. This will help them both feel more comfortable with each other!
  • Never pick up your cat by the scruff of their neck as it could hurt them. I recommend using both hands to support them by their hips if you need to move them.
  • Keep your cat’s nails blunt by filing them down regularly. If your cat becomes anxious or scared, then it can lead to scratching behavior that could cause damage!
  • Make sure you buy enough food for the first few days! You do not want to run out and leave your cat feeling hungry and scared.
  • Keep an old shirt on hand for emergencies. If your cat scratches through the carrier, then it might be a good idea to keep an extra shirt in the car just in case!

Frequently Asked Question

Why Don’t Apartments Allow Pets?

The primary reason is that most apartments do not allow pets because many of them have children and pet allergies. Apartments also do not allow pets because they are not designed for them.

Apartments are typically more expensive than houses and can be quite small, which is why many people choose to live in houses instead of apartments.

Is It Easy to Hide a Cat From Landlord?

It is very difficult to hide a cat from the landlord. In most cases, the landlord will ask for your cat’s identification papers and not allow you to keep it unless it has a vet’s signature.

Can a Landlord Deny an Emotional Support Animal?’

No, a landlord cannot deny an emotional support animal. This is because of the Fair Housing Act, which says that landlords must make reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities.

Under the law, a person with a disability can have their emotional support animal live in any type of housing, whether public or private, no matter how much rent they pay.

If your landlord denies you an emotional support animal, you should file a complaint with HUD to resolve the issue.

Are Cats Good for Mental Health?

Some people believe that cats can help with mental health. However, this is not something that should be taken as a scientific fact because there is no evidence to support the claim.

If you want to take your cat on walks, they can offer companionship and relieve stress by playing with them or simply just by being around them. However, it’s important to note that cats cannot help with mental health in any way and are unable to replace human interaction.

Take Your Cat on Walks


If you’re a cat owner and want to find out how to sneak a cat into an apartment, we’ve got the answers. We found some great tips on this blog post for getting cats through both doors and windows in order to get them inside without raising suspicion or offending anyone with allergies. Check it out!

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