How To Move House With Your Pets

13th September 2017

Moving to a new house can be an exceptionally stressful time – there’s packing to do, dates to finalise, new commutes to work out and possibly even new schools to settle into. But it’s not just a disruptive period for you and your family, but your pets as well.

A big move can unsettle your animals and along with all the planning for moving day, careful consideration should also be given to how your furry friends will cope with the upheaval. Here’s some top tips about how to make the move go as smoothly as possible for your pets and ways to keep them calm and comfortable in their new surroundings.

1. Get them groomed

The last thing a dog-owner will want in a brand-new home is a mucky pup, so it’s a good idea to get your dogs groomed before moving day. Not only will this give them a bit of poochy pampering time, but it’ll prevent your car from getting dirty during the drive to your new home and should stop them shedding so much during this stressful time.

2. Treat your pet and pack some goodies

Spoiling your pet during this stressful time will go a long way to calming their nerves. Feed them their favourite food and stock up on delicious snacks. Take your dog for long walks and for cats and smaller animals make time to show your affection. It’s also worth keeping an eye on their food and drink intake, as nerves may suppress their appetite for a day or two.

3.  Maintain routine

When the big day comes, maintain as much of your pets regular routine as possible.  Try to remember to feed them at the same time as usual.  Ask a friend to help out by taking your dog on their regular walk, so they don’t miss out. 

Keep cats indoors on moving day, preferably in a room where you can close the door, so you know where they are when it’s time to leave.

Once you’re at your new home, put out familiar items, toys and blankets that will have a comforting smell.

4. Safety first

Make sure your new garden is fenced off and safe for animals before allowing your pets outdoors. It’s recommended that you keep your cat indoors for a minimum of two weeks before letting them explore outdoors.

5. Micro Chip

Remember to update your pets microchip to ensure they have your new address and contact details, should they wander off!

6. Last, but not least

Finally, put your feet up and enjoy your new home with your family and pets!

 

How To Move House With Your Pets

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