All pet owners know that our furry friends are not only loving and affectionate but also extremely sensitive. Animals can detect the slightest change in environment so what happens when their home environment changes completely? It is important that your pet’s safety and security is prioritised whilst moving and it is equally important to allow them to comfortably adapt to their new surroundings. After all, moving is a stressful time for people, let alone our pets! Here are some top tips to consider before moving your pet.
1.Move Your Home First
Before you move your pet you should ensure that you have moved everything into your new home. Why? Bringing your pet out of their comfortable environment and into an entirely new one can be much less distressing if they are familiar with some of the objects around them. Additionally, adding furniture and changing things around in your new home can make it appear very different; you wouldn’t want your pet to think they are moving twice, once is enough!
2. Take Turns
After moving your pet, it is important to spend time with them to make sure they aren’t distressed. Perhaps allocate different family members and take it in turns. If you find that your pet isn’t themselves, don’t worry. It is completely expected that your pet may feel disorientated at first until they have had the chance to adapt. Try to also keep the familiarity of feeding routines and walking the same to avoid any unnecessary distress.
3. Update Their Information
Make sure you update any information on your pet such as pet passports, microchip ID details and insurance. If your pet doesn’t already have a collar, it is wise to get one with your details engraved on it incase your pet goes missing.
4. Travel Safe
It is best to take your pet to your new house in your own vehicle. Cats and small dogs can be transferred in a carrier on the back seat secured with a seatbelt. Larger dogs can be travelled in a kennel crate in the back of the car. If your pet seems particularly anxious you can perhaps try throwing a blanket over the carrier so that they can’t see the environment changing. Playing some music that they are familiar with or even just talking to them can also make them feel more at ease.
5. Explore The Outdoors
It is important to introduce your pet to your new neighbourhood slowly. If you have a dog, increase the duration of their walks gradually to avoid them feeling overwhelmed. Little and often is advised in this case. Similarly, if you have a cat, introduce them to the outdoors for small periods at a time. 15 minutes is recommended to start with and then gradually increase it until their confidence builds up and they’re happy to go exploring by themselves!