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Moving house with pets

Posted on 16th May 2016

With a long list of things to remember when moving home, it can be easy to overlook how your pets will react to the change. In particular, companion pets – such as cats and dogs – are very territorial and may become distressed by this sudden change to their routine. As such, when preparing for the move you must carefully consider your pets’ requirements so they can settle into your new home as quickly as possible.

A week before moving day

Moving to a completely new area can cause your pet to become disorientated when familiarising themselves with their new surroundings. At the end of a long move, the last thing you want is for your beloved pet to go missing, so you can prepare for this by having an identity collar tab made, ready for your pet to wear on moving day.

According to a new law introduced this April, all dog owners must have their pets microchipped by the time they are eight weeks old, or face a fine of up to £500. As such, you must remember to microchip your pet, and ensure the contact details on any microchipped animals are updated to your new address.

Animals can get very anxious and stressed with the upheaval of house moving, as all of the noise and strangers walking around can cause them to feel unsettled. If possible, it would be ideal if you could find a relative or close friend who your pet knows well to take care of them for the day. Alternatively, you could choose a quiet room in your house to keep your pet in, ensuring they are safely locked inside and can not escape; remember to put a sign up to inform the removal crew that the animals are there and they should not enter the room.

Moving day

On moving day itself, do not feed your pets for a minimum of three hours before transporting them to your new home, and do not feed them treats as it may interfere with their digestive system, especially when travelling.

It’s important to make your pet feel as comfortable and safe as possible during the journey to ensure they are calm and relaxed by the time you reach your new home. If they are travelling in a crate, familiarise them with going in and out of it before moving day and put this in the room with them, preferably with a cover over the top and the door open. To speed up the settling in process, put their favourite toy and bedding into the crate and have the litter tray moved into the room alongside them.

If you have birds, make sure you cover their cages with cloths or towels, and remember birds can be vulnerable to temperature changes.

Throughout the move, it’s as important for your pet to remain hydrated as it is for you, so make sure you provide them with plenty of fresh water. If the move is going to take several hours, make sure you are fully equipped with food, a tin opener, a pooper scooper with bags, and a lead to take them for a stretch of the legs. Taking your dog for a walk before the removal truck arrives will help relieve any stress or anxiety.

Settling into your new home

Once you arrive at your new home, it is best to have all of your furniture in place before you introduce your pets to their new surroundings. Don’t be tempted to let them explore everything straight away; let them adapt to one room at a time, especially if you have a cat.

Cats are notorious for having a love of their surroundings and being good at navigating their way back home. So, if you are not moving far, it is a good idea to notify the new owners to keep an eye out, just in case your feline friend decides to go back to their old territory.

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