Right up there with every other imaginable logistical nightmare, is the worry of moving your scaly, furry or feathery companions. No matter how unique your pet may be they are all subject to the same stress which comes with moving to a new home. The packing, the travelling and the completely new environment are the perfect cocktail for a potential disaster; but it doesn’t have to be.
Making your next pet move a smooth one
Our pets are incredibly sensitive and it’s important to consider their needs at all times, because they simply cannot speak for themselves. Just like toddlers, they need reassurance, consistency and affection
Where to start with the relocation
Before you even sign a single document, you need to make sure that your new home is pet friendly and whether are pets allowed.
Look for a home with a garden or a park nearby where you can take your pup for walks. Ideally our pets need at least a little garden, because we all know that a life without fresh air and sunshine is pretty depressing.
Make sure there is a reputable vet nearby, in case of an emergency its far better to be prepared.
On moving day
Move your pet last. Keep them confined in a comfortable room with their favourite toys, blankets and food to put them at ease. Repeat this step when you get to your new home, keep them in a safe, secure and secluded room with things that are familiar to them until the house is unpacked and free of chaos.
Things to watch out for in the relocation
If you notice your pets becoming anxious or scared, reassure them. They are not possessions, but rather companions. Let them explore their new surroundings slowly, room by room at their own pace.
Cats generally take longer to adjust to new surroundings than dogs, so it’s generally recommended that you keep them indoors for 2 weeks. This allows them to become accustomed to their surroundings; thus lessening the chance of them wandering off and getting lost.
Make the transition easier
- Every pet has their favourite blanket, toy or pillow. These are the scent and familiarity of these objects which will go a long way to put them at ease in their new surroundings.
- The more neurotic your pet, the more likely it is that they will need some sort of sedative to get them through moving day. Speak to your vet, find out what your options are and pick the safest route for your pet.
- The crate or pet carrier is the last most essential piece of the puzzle. Dogs and cats (bunnies and snakes too) need to be secure and protected at all times over the course of the car ride and a carrier or crate will ensure just that.
Along with all of these tips and tricks, reassuring and spending as much time as possible with your pet will more than likely to ensure both you and your companion a safe and less stressed move, while we take care of everything else.