Advice for moving with pets
When moving home we all feel a little upside down, leaving memories behind and parting with the familiar. Thing is, you already know about it – imagine what it’s like for your cat or dog. They won’t be expecting to get up and leave forever, no longer able to run around their favourite patch of the garden and forced to leave their toys behind that they dug into the lawn yesterday. Pets feel more than you think, they get nervous and stressed too. If you have a dog or cat and are moving home, you will want to think about how to ease your furry friend into their new environment.
How do I know if my pet is stressed?
You will normally realise when your pet is stressed because they will seem a little different to their usual selves. Stress can cause numerous things for dogs such as, excessive shedding, sniffing, panting, naughty behaviour and shaking are just some signs to look out for. Whilst you may find cats groom excessively, have digestive issues or problems going to the toilet, they may sleep more or show aggression too. We love our pets and it’s important to prevent stress because the last thing we want is to upset our furry best friend.
Will your dog or cat be with you during the move?
Before the move:
- Make the decision whether you wish for your dog or cat to be there during the move. You know their temperament better than anyone, if you think they won’t cope well with the move then you may want to put them into their usual kennel or cattery whilst you relocate. This way they won’t be there to witness the upheaval and can be introduced to their new home slowly.
- Stick to a schedule, excessive movement going in and out of the house will make your pet apprehensive – especially if you’re rushing in and out of the house.
- If your pet is due to have their inoculations, it’s ideal to do them before the move, so they’re as relaxed as they can be before visiting the vet.
- Ask your vet if they have any recommendations regarding a veterinary practice close to your new location.
- If your cat or dog will be accompanying you, ensure they have a carry case they’re familiar with.
- Change their ID chip to your new home address, should your pet go missing, their tags will point them back home.
- You may want to ask your vet for extra medication for your pet (if they take any) to ensure you have enough during your move. This gives you time to settle down before rushing off to find a new vet before you’ve even stepped foot in your exciting new property.
- If you’re moving abroad, talk to your vet; they can offer tips to keep them relaxed during the flight.
During the move
- Take a time out now and then to let your furry pal know that they’re coming with you. Give your dog a fuss and play with their favourite toy and give your cat to a couple of their favourite treats and let them know that they’re a good boy/girl.
- Have a safe space for your pet to relax but let them see what’s going on. Your pet might get clingy and start standing around your legs whilst moving boxes. There is the possibility you might trip over them, so give yourself some space when packing the removals van. Also with the front door open, you don’t want them running for the door should they be unhappy with what’s going on.
- Hold off on feeding them any substantial meal as they might make a mess during transit; should the journey be a long one.
After the move
- Check your garden for any holes in the fences or any tunnels your pet could find. Monitor them when they go outside for a few weeks, as they may attempt to go back “home”.
- As for cats, it’s important you keep them indoors for the first month to get them used to the smells and surroundings of their home. During this time you may want to put your cat on a lead to let them potter around the garden.
- When you think they’re ready, get a bell that you can ring when you feed them. They will become familiar with the bell and that it means it’s time for food, so should they hear this when they’re outside they will make their way back to you.
- When they begin to go out more regularly, check them over for scratches and bites as it’s no doubt that they will cross paths with other cats living in the same area.
- If your pet wears a collar, have the address updated on their tag to ensure that they have an immediate accessible address as well as their ID chip.
- Keep to their routines for feeding, walks, playtime and bedtime.
- Avoid washing their beds for a couple of months, the familiar smell will help them to relax and get a good night’s sleep.
Here at Metro Removals we offer a dependable, stress-free service along with expert advice to ensure your move is nothing but smooth and successful. We understand that moving can seem like a big ordeal, that is why our fully comprehensive services will help you through the whole process, from start to finish. Should you have any questions or wish to book our services, please get in contact today where a member of our team can help you.