Moving house can be stressful after selling your home, especially if you’re moving with young children or animals. For pets, the whole process of moving house is always going to be confusing. Moving is often noisy, with a lot of strangers clattering about, and unfamiliar surroundings at the end of it. There are some things you can do to make moving house less stressful for your pets.
Talk To Your Vet
Traveling, loud noises, and strangers can be upsetting for some pets. If you know your pet is easily stressed, ask your vet for suggestions to help keep your pets calm. This could be soothing techniques or medication, depending on how stressed your pet gets. If you’re moving a long way, it might be better to use a pet transport company, which can take your pet away from the chaos of moving day.
Make sure your pet is microchipped. Some animals, especially cats, might try to go back to your old home. A microchip makes it much more likely a missing pet will be returned safely home.
If you’re moving too far away to stay with your current vet, ask for a suggestion for a new vet in the area you’re moving to. Make sure you register your pet at the new vet in good time, just in case. Write down the number of the new vet somewhere easy to find, in case of emergency during the move.
Update Your Address
If your pet is already microchipped, make sure your details have been updated so your pet gets returned to the right place if they do get out. Update your address on any ID tags on collars they have too.
Keep Them Away On The Day
On moving day, find somewhere away from the bustle for your pets to go, like with a friend, family member, or kennels. When the movers have finished, you can collect your pet, and take them to a house that’s not noisy and full of strangers. Send them off with their food, bed, and any favorite toys to keep everything as familiar as you can.
Help Them Acclimatize
A few days before moving day, get out any pet carriers that you’ll need to use and leave them near where your pet usually is. Your pet can explore the carrier at their own speed and get used to it, so it’s not new and scary on moving day. Put a favorite blanket or toy, or some clothing that smells of you into the carrier when it’s time to put them in to help them relax.
If your pet is an outdoor pet, make sure you don’t let them out as soon as you arrive at the new house. Some pets might try to escape from strange surroundings. Instead, walk your pet around the neighborhood on a leash, and show them some of the new sights, sounds, and smells. Show them the way home, but try to keep them in for a few days as they get used to the idea that they live somewhere new.
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