5 Top Tips for Moving with Pets
Moving day can be full of little stresses. As you race to make sure that all of your belongings are packed away and that your fridge has been emptied, the additional worry over your furry loved ones is one stress you could do without. Here at Schofields, we have a lot of experience in dealing with pets on your removal day so take a deep breath, relax, and let us share our advice with 5 tips on how to move with pets.
Prepare for your move.
Once your removal company arrive things can become quite hectic with many people, boxes and furniture coming and going. You want to keep your pet away from this chaos and so ideally you should try to drop them with a friend or family member for the day. If that isn’t a possibility, or you think that may cause your pet more stress, you could instead arrange for one room in the house to be cleared of everything and used as a dedicated pet room. You can fill it with food, water and any of your pet’s favourite toys. Put a sign on the door to let your removal porters know that your pet is in there and that they shouldn’t open the door.
Stick to your routine.
As much as possible it’s always best to try to keep to any routine you already have with your pets. Feeding them at their usual time will help to minimise their stress and taking your dog for a walk will provide a small respite for you both!
Make sure that your new house is pet-ready.
Give the garden a thorough check before letting your pets out. Make sure that any fences or gates you have are secure and ensure that there aren’t any plants which may harm your pets. If you have a cat who comes and goes through a cat flap and there isn’t already one in the house, arrange to have one fitted. Equally, if there is a cat flap in the house already but you don’t want your cat to use it, make sure you have locked it shut.
Make sure you pay special attention to cats.
A change of scenery can be confusing to any animal however some are usually quicker to adapt. As a rule dogs can quickly settle into their new surroundings and walking routes however cats may need a little more time to get used to it. The general advice when getting a cat used to a new home is to try and keep it inside for at least a week so that it can become familiar with the sights and smells of the house. Once you decide to let it out to explore, keep an eye on its whereabouts as cats have been known to return to their old homes – especially if the old house is nearby.
Your pets are never happier than when they are around you. Keep giving them the love and affection you usually do and they’ll settle into their amazing new home in no time!