Moving home is one of the most stressful things you can do, so imagine how stressful it can be for your pet. Whether you have cats, dogs, a hamster or a rabbit, it’s important to keep them calm and relaxed. So, what are the best ways of moving home with pets?
It’s a good idea to leave your pet with someone they feel comfortable with or boarding in kennels to keep them stress-free on moving day. That way you can take them home to the new house once you’ve had a chance to clean, unpack and settle in.
Some pets can be quite nervous around new people and can get anxious easily. It is best to keep them in an area of the house that is comfortable and quiet. This will avoid stress and a possible escapee, should they try and make a quick dash. It’s always good to make sure your pet has enough toilet breaks and water on moving day.
Dogs are happiest with routines and familiarity. Disruption to you and your routines can be very stressful for your dog. Try to maintain your regular routine as much as possible in the lead up to your move, keeping to the same walking, feeding and rest times. Take them for a calming walk while the removals guys do the hard work.
Remember not to pack away any leads, collars, cages, bedding or pet food. Keep it all together in one easily transportable carrier/bag so have it with you when you transport your pet to the new house, and won’t have to worry about where it has been packed.
Your pet will feel a lot happier if they are with you when they are being transported. The best way to transport pets will be different depending on the length of your journey. The weather makes a big difference as you need to make sure they are warm enough or not too hot. Break up long journeys with plenty of stops for your dog to go to the toilet, have a drink and a leg stretch. Never leave your dog in the car, as both cars and vans can heat up rapidly, even in the shade.
Some pets may have behavioural issues such as a fear of the car or may suffer from motion sickness. Your vet can advise you on how to help your pets feel comfortable, as well as prescribing anti-nausea medication if appropriate. If you give your pet a favourite blanket/bedding, toys and a few treats they more likely to relax.
It is a good idea to change your pets’ microchip to your new address a few days before the move. Being in an unfamiliar environment, with lots of opening doors and strangers coming and going, it’s easy for your pet to run off and get lost. Make sure your dog or cat’s collar also has your new details on too.
It’s common for pet cats to return to their old house after a move, particularly if you’re not moving too far away. Ask your old neighbours and the new owners to keep an eye out and let you know if they do see him and tell them not to feed the cat if they do – this will only encourage him to keep returning.
Once in the new property, try some plug-in diffusers that calm your pet. Let your new neighbours know about any anxious animals, so they are prepared for any strange noises or escapees. The calmer you are, the calmer your pets are, so look after yourself and remember to take some time out for yourself if you’re feeling pressured.
Our moving team can help with all your concerns about moving with pets to keep your move stress-free, contact us by email or call us now on 020 8947 9001.