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Moving with your pet

Posted on 2015-11-09

If you’re moving into pet friendly accommodation with your pet, then it’s important that you make the process as easy and stress-free as possible, as this will help them settle into their new home. In this guide, we take a look at what you can do before moving day, during the move and after the move to ensure your pet’s well settled.

Before the move

Make sure the accommodation’s pet friendly. Some landlords don’t allow pets, so before you pay the deposit and sign the agreement, make sure that they’re happy with you bringing a pet. Asking this, and receiving written confirmation can save a lot of hassle further down the line.

If you have an opportunity to remove your pet from the hassle of moving day then it’s wise to take it. Whether you leave them at a family friend’s, a relative’s, a cattery or kennels, the choice is yours. But, not having them around on the day with moving boxes is the preferred option to reduce any panic and undue stress. If you have to take your pet with you on the day and you know they suffer from travel sickness, then you can ask your vet for medication.

Once you enter the week leading up to your moving date, you should also get your pet’s microchip and tag information updated. This way, if your pet does run away on arrival, you can be contacted immediately.

If you’re moving far away, you should also register with a new vet in advance.

On Moving Day

  • If you’re keeping your pet with you on moving day then it’s important to keep their routine as normal as possible, so feed them and (if applicable) walk them as you normally would. This will help minimise stress.
  • Try to keep your pet in one room while you pack and move boxes. This will stop them from getting in your way, but it will also keep them safe and undisrupted. If you’re using a removal firm, be sure to tell them when they arrive where your pet is.
  • Finally, be sure to pack their toys, bed, blanket and other items at the very last minute. These will be comforting to your pet and they’ll likely become startled if you take them away earlier than necessary.

During transit

Ensure that your pet has access to fresh water.

  • If it’s a long journey and you plan on stopping, don’t leave your pet unattended in the car or van.
  • If you’re travelling with a cat, make sure there’s a litter tray. If you’re travelling with a dog, stop regularly for toilet breaks.
  • If possible, try keep your pet’s bedding and toys with them so they have familiar surroundings. This is particularly important if it’s their first time in the car.
  • Finally, ensure that they’re safe and secured in the vehicle. For cats, travel cases are ideal. For dogs, this can be achieved with a dog guard or seatbelt harness if they’re too big for the travel case.

When you arrive

  • As you’re unpacking, and shortly after, try to keep your pet in one room, surrounded by familiar items such as their toys and bedding.
  • Keep their routine as normal as possible
  • If you have a cat, keep it inside for at least three weeks. When you do allow them out, be sure to keep the door open so they know they can return.
  • If you have a dog, be sure to keep them on a lead while walking at all times as they acclimatise to their new surroundings.

If you follow these tips then your pet should have no problem moving into your new home. Be sure to keep their surroundings and routine as normal as possible during the move and you stand much less chance of disrupting them.

Hopefully they’ll love your new house just as much as they enjoyed the old one.

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