Don’t let your pet panic unnecessarily when moving home
Moving home is one of life’s most nerve-racking events rated in the top ten most stressful for humans but what if pets are involved? Most pets familiarise themselves to their current home and environment and a sudden change of residence is difficult to adapt to, even for them. Nevertheless, if you follow the tips below, your house move will become less strenuous, and more of a pleasurable experience for you and your pets.
If you are moving with a dog and it is just around the corner it is worth changing their walking route to encompass the new property ahead of the move, this way they will become familiar with the new surroundings before leaving your current home.
On the moving day
Like humans some pets can also suffer from travel sickness so it’s best to seek some advice from your vet especially if you are travelling long distances. One piece of advice they will give you is not to feed them for up to 12 hours before travelling. Make sure your cat is in a cat cage before putting in the car, cats are nervous and may run off. Keep the in the cage until the move is over and the removals guys have left.
Once at the new property assign a ‘pet room’, this is where they will stay whilst your belongings are being moved in, make a temporary sign on the door saying KEEP CLOSED and make sure everyone involved knows why. Don’t leave them for long periods of time, keep popping your head in and reassuring them.
If your pet is stressed be careful not to pamper them too much, this will alleviate the problem and will be acknowledged by your pet as a reward for its behaviour and they may seek to act on this again. Be calm and be yourself.
Create a ‘pet essentials’ box
As expected, your furniture, boxes and other belongings become relatively disorganised and cluttered immediately after you move to your new home. Having an essentials box containing important pet items during the move is highly recommended by removals experts. The last thing you want to do is mislay your pet’s favourite toys or food snacks the day you relocate.
Leave them with family members or close friends
As with young kids, if it’s possible, leave your pet with familiar family members or close friends, preferably someone who the pet knows well and is comfortable with, instead of having them present during the move. Having them around during the move can be quite stressful. The hullabaloo and commotion involved with moving can make pets feel anxious and uneasy. If you have a cat and cannot leave them elsewhere then make sure they are inside the house before the move starts, if not the commotion could drive them away and you may not have time to get them before leaving to your new home, this will cause delays in your move and may cost more money.
Find a new vet in advance before you move
Ensuring there is a qualified vet near your new home is just as significant as checking for a nearby, reliable, G.P. It’s wise to register with the vet prior to the move as there can be cases of panic among pets who find it hard to adjust to their new environment.
Change the microchip detail data
If you have a microchip implant on your pet ensure that your new contact details and address are updated straight away after the move. This is important as the pet may wander off to survey it’s new surroundings whilst you are busy unloading. If you haven’t done this as yet don’t panic, in the meantime place an identity collar around the neck with your new address and land-line number.
Keep things constant
Obviously your pet will need time to become familiar with their new environment but it is vital to keep some aspects of their life unchanged for easier transition. For instance keep walking and feeding times the same, prepare their sleeping spot just the way they were used to will help downplay the change. their behaviour may change for the first few days so if they have ‘an accident’ on the carpet don’t get angry or make an issue of it, just clear it up and stay clam they should settle in quite quickly.
For cats, the best advice is to keep them in for the first week or preferably 2, once they have become familiar with their new surroundings and you feel confident then let them out. There are plug-in sprays you can buy which will omit pheromone to help calm them, ask your vet for more advice.
For dogs, make sure the perimeter fencing is secure and high enough to retain them, they are inquisitive so let them roam freely within the confines. If taking out for walks keep them on a lead for the first 2 weeks before letting them off.
Our pet friendly man with van team can help if you have questions concerning your beloved pets and moving. We are experts in the moving industry so contact us today on 020 3327 7300. HAPPY MOVING!
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