Moving house with pets — how to reduce the stress for you and them

Pets can find moving home quite stressful - cats and dogs especially become very attached to their home territory - but there are a number of simple things you can do to help them quickly feel at home and keep them safe.

Before the move:

  • Have your pets microchipped and consider using an identity tag, if only for moving day, to increase the chance of them being returned if they escape or get lost during or after the house move.
  • Just like humans, cats and dogs can suffer from travel sickness. If you're moving some distance away, ask your vet about medication to make the journey easier for them. Your vet may also be able to help with advice and pheromone sprays to help keep your pet calm. Consider withholding food before the journey if you think illness may be a problem.
  • Keep pets indoors the day before you move so they do not have the chance to disappear. Or even better, make arrangements for them to stay with friends, relatives, or even in kennels or a cattery - make sure your pet is up to date with vaccinations and worming if you choose the last option.

During the move:

  • If your animals are not staying elsewhere, secure them in a quiet place while the removals are taking place.

After the move:

  • Show dogs their new bed and which rooms they're allowed in. Check the boundaries of your garden are secure before letting them out.
  • Keep cats inside the new house for at least two weeks  and when you let them out for the first time, make sure it's before their mealtime. If they're hungry, you should be able to tempt them back with their favourite treats.
  • Get back into your old routine straightaway.

If you are considering a move and would like to find out more about our family - and pet -friendly homes, please contact 01494 671331

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