Moving house is something all of us have to do at least once, and relocating with your pets often means more planning and greater responsibility. Thankfully, there are ways to help make the move much more enjoyable for all the family!
Here are a few of our top tips…
Our furry friends have their own routines and sticking to them will help limit stress – for you and your pet. If you usually take your dog for a walk first thing, try and make sure you still do that before the removal van arrives.
Another top tip is to ensure your pets are fed at roughly the same time as they are usually. If this isn’t going to be possible, try adjusting their feeding schedule a few days before your big move, so they have time to adjust.
Cats love to roam, but when you have just moved to a new house, it pays to keep them indoors for a short while before unleashing them. This is a great way to stop your cats getting lost outside or looking for your former property. Cats are generally far more anxious about moving than dogs are. As natural travelling companions to humans, many dogs adapt quite quickly to new surroundings, if their favourite person (or people) are also there.
With cats, it is a little more complicated. They will have to get acclimated to their new dwelling, room at a time, before feeling secure enough to voyage outside and return safely.
This is a great tip for anyone who is moving only a short distance from their current home. If possible, bring your dog along on a visit to the property ahead of the moving day. This will help them get used to the new surroundings and could even introduce you to new walking routes around the new space.
When you have moved in, it also pays to carefully check that there are no spaces where your pet can escape from, such as open gates, windows, or fences. Incorporate a thorough check into your plans.
Be sure to register with a vet as soon as possible. This is essential for both routine check-ups and in case of emergencies, helping to give you peace of mind that your pet’s health will remain cared for at your new home.
Be honest about any pets who will be travelling with a pet transport company and outline their specific needs. Some people choose to travel with their pets independent from the van, in which case you also need to ensure a plan is in place.
Will your pets require food or snacks on the journey? Do they have enough water? How will they fit into your car or the van?