Moving house is not only stressful for you but can be for your pets too.
The days leading up to the move can be unsettling for your furry friends with your things packed into boxes, usual routines being changed and the general confusion that moving can cause. Everything your pet has become used to has changed no wonder they can become unsettled.
So, what can you do to help alleviate some of the stress?
As with all aspects of your house move planning what to do with your pets prior to your removal date will make things a lot easier for you and your beloved companions.
One option is to put your pet into kennels or a cattery for the duration of your move, however this is not appropriate for every pet or every pocket. Alternatively you could ask a friend or family member to look after them for a few days.
If this is not possible either then our advice is as follows: Don’t forget to spend time with your pet in the days leading up to the move try and keep everything as normal and as routine as possible and don’t be tempted to use moving house as a reason to replace baskets, bedding and food bowls etc.
During your move shut your pet into one room of the house with familiar items such as toys, their bed and drinking water of course. This will keep your pet safe during your move and you will know where they are when you are ready to leave. Check on them regularly to ensure they are all right and to reassure them that you are still there. Remember to tell your removal crew which room your pet is in.
Remember pets cannot travel in the removal van, even the cab. You may need to purchase a special pet carrier for use in your car. Do not be tempted to let cats and other small animals travel loose in the car with you, not only can this be a distraction, but they may escape when you get out or if there is an emergency. Don’t forget to factor in comfort breaks for animals such as dogs and cats on the journey from your old house to your new house and to take food, water and bowls for them too.
Fish should not be transported in their tank but instead in strong polythene bags with a sufficient air pocket. Contact your local pet supplies shop for special boxes to place these in.
Smaller animals such as guinea pigs and hamsters can be moved in their usual cages – if they fit in the car. Remember to ensure they are closed and sealed so that they cannot escape. Take care to ensure that they are not exposed to extreme temperature changes such as leaving them in a car on a hot day.
Once at your new house, again shut your pet into one room with familiar things. This will allow you to get on with directing the removal crew and prevents pets from leaving the house, it is not always possible for our crews to shut the front door behind them!
Once the removal crew have gone you can let your pet out into the rest of the house to explore their new home. Before letting them into the garden ensure there are no gaps in the fence they can escape through. Cats are very sensitive to changes in their surroundings and you may need to keep your cat inside for a few weeks whilst they adjust.
Don’t forget to update your microchip details, any pet insurance policies, have a new tag made for your pet’s collar and inform the vet of your change of address.
If you are taking your pets abroad we recommend you seek professional advice and assistance.