How to have a stress-free move with pets

How to have a stress-free move with pets

Cats and dogs can become very attached to their territory so it can be very stressful for both you and them when it comes to moving house. Your pet will require a bit of extra care and attention before, during, and after the move.

Before the move

Get a new identity collar tag for your pet with your name and address on it, then attach it to your pet on moving day. If your pet goes missing on or after moving day there's more likelihood of them being safely reunited with you.

Cats and dogs can suffer from travel sickness just like humans so speak to your vet and see if there's anything you can give your pet to help them cope with the journey to the new house.

Before you move it's also a good idea to update your pet's microchip where applicable, register them with a new veterinary practice, and also update your pet insurance policy.

On moving day

On the day of the move try to put your pet in a room with the doors and windows closed so that they can easily be found when it comes to moving time.

Your pet may become distressed by the stream of strange people coming in and out of the house on moving day, and the disturbance of their surroundings. It can be a good idea to have a friend look after your pet on moving day, or perhaps put them into kennels or a cattery for a few days whilst you move and unpack.

If you decide to keep your pet with you on moving day then there are a few things you can do to make it less stressful. Cats should be kept in their cage at the new home until their bed, litter tray etc have been placed and the movers have left. As for dogs, nominate one family member to keep an eye on the dog for the day so that you're not constantly worrying about where they are, and they won't get under your feet as much.

After the move

Your pet needs time to adjust to their new home once you've moved in, and there are several things you can do to help them settle in:

  • Show your pet where their bed is and make them aware of which rooms they're allowed in.

  • Keep your cat indoors for the first 24 hours or so to give them time to adjust. Make sure you feed them just before you let them out for the first time so that they know to come home for more food.

  • Make sure that your garden is secure, i.e. check for any gaps in fences and gates that your pet could escape through.

  • Get back into your old routine as soon as possible, i.e. keep feeding times the same as they were and walk you dog at the same time of day as much as possible.

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