Moving house…one of the most stressful events that humans experience in their lifetimes. But, have you had a thought towards how your house move may affect your furry friends? We explore in this post, the safest way to move your pets, while keeping them happy as can be.
Prior to the move
There is a lot to be done for your pets prior to your house move. By making sure you are prepared, your move for your pet will be less stressful.
Firstly… make sure you make a list of everything you need to plan for your pets to ensure they’re happy and safe.
This plan should include –
- Organising a place for them to stay during moving day.
This is important for so many reasons; 1. Because if you leave your pets at home while you have removals companies or friends and family in your house, chances are they may get in the way. 2. Your pets may be frightened by random people in their house perhaps making noise along the way.
If you can leave them with someone they will recognise (friends or family) that is great. If this is not possible, go about putting them in a kennel or such like for the day.
Note: If you are leaving you pets in a kennel or cattery, make sure their vaccinations are all up to date. (Make sure this if factored in your plans…if they need top up vaccinations you might want to think about booking an appointment with the vet 2-4 weeks before moving day.)
- Making sure your pets microchip/ collar is updated
If your pet has a microchip or collar, you will need to ensure that these are updated with your new address – just in case they try and wander off anywhere. You might want to think about doing this in the week leading up to your move.
Note: If you are unsure how to update your pet’s microchip, seek help from your vet or the microchip company.
When your pets arrive at your new house
Chances are, if your pets have been separated from you for the day, they will miss you and will expect a lot of attention (especially if they have been in kennels). For this reason, make sure you can nominate a person (preferably someone they know) to spend time, playing with or cuddling them.
You’ll also want to try to….
- Confining them to one room full of familiar items
By keeping them in a room full of items they will recognise, this will make them feel more at home. This could mean filling it with their toys, or an old rug from your previous house.
After moving day
- Keep their routine the same
It is of great importance to stick to a similar routine. If they are used to getting walked twice a day, honour this. This goes for food too… feed them at their usual meal times. If they go off their food, try putting down smaller but more frequent meals. You must ensure they don’t go outside unattended when they are hungry as they may try and walk back to your previous house to find food.
Cat owner’s note: If you have outdoor cats, make sure you leave them inside for two weeks. This will allow them to familiarise themselves with their new surroundings.
A last point – remember, plan, plan, plan! This will help the moving process an awful lot.