We did a blog a while ago on how to help your children when it comes to moving house that proved really popular so we thought we would do another one for the furry children in your life.
- Make a plan – the sooner you can start planning, the better! When you’re moving with pets, there’s a lot to be done. Pets usually sense that change is on the horizon, and may show their anxiety by acting unsettled or clingy.
- Make arrangements for moving day – are you moving locally or longer distance. If it’s a local move look into a dog sitter or a friend that can have them for the day, this will free up your time but also be far less stressful on your pets. If it’s a longer distance move then plan a route with lots of stops at pet friendly spots along the way. If you are moving abroad then make sure you book flights as far in advance as possible as most planes can only accommodate a set number of animals at a time.
- Settling in – when you arrive at your new home, set up a quiet spot for your pet away from the unpacking activity. Creating a refuge with his bed or crate and a few of his favorite toys will help him relax and settle in.
- Prepare an overnight kit – make sure that it has enough dog food, cat litter, toys and grooming tools to sustain your pet and keep them comfortable during the first few days of unpacking.
- Cats need a little extra care – it’s important that your cat stays confined to the house for at least two weeks as this will allow them time to get used to their new territory. If they get out any sooner there’s a chance they will be confused and attempt to find their way back to your old house.
- Are you planning on moving with fish – fish respond strongly to stress and a move can be traumatising, if not fatal. It isn’t ideal, but you can transport them short distances in bags filled with their old tank water (check with your local aquarium store for supplies and more details). If you have a long distance to travel it’s best to give them a new home with a friend, empty the tank, and buy new fish after you unpack.
- After the move – make sure you update their tags or microchip information to the new address and phone number.
Hopefully these tips will help your furred, feathered or scaled friends settle in a little faster. If you have any tips feel free to share them with us as always.