Tips For Helping Pets Through A House Move
Discussed by the Experts and Professional Ashington’s Removals & Storage
Pets are creatures of habit, and they like routines. When you move home, everything changes for them. They have to get used to new surroundings, new smells, new sounds, and often a whole new set of rules. It can be very confusing and stressful for them. Are you planning to move houses with your pet? The following tips can help you settle in with your pet without lots of problems.
What to do before your move
While the process of moving can be exciting, it can also be very stressful, especially if you have pets. Pets are a part of the family, and you want to make sure they’re taken care of before, during, and after your move. Here are a few things to keep in mind when preparing to move with pets:
Make sure your pet is up-to-date on all vaccinations. This will help them stay healthy during the move and ensure that they’re able to travel with you (if necessary).
If possible, try to visit your new home before the move. This will help your pet get acclimated to their new surroundings and reduce stress on moving day.
Your pet will sense something is changing in the build-up to your move and you packing boxes and moving things around can unsettle them so try and do it as close as possible to your move date as you can so they don’t have so long to stress about the possible up and coming changes.
Have a plan for how you’ll care for your pet during the actual move. Will someone be staying with them while you’re packing or travelling? Do you need to make arrangements for boarding or pet sitting?
Once you’re settled into your new home, take some time to explore the area with your pet. Find the nearest parks, dog-friendly restaurants, etc. so that you can enjoy your new location together.
What to do with your pets during a move
Regardless of your preparations, moving with a pet can be a daunting task, but with a little preparation, it can be done successfully. You’ll need to consider your pet’s needs and make sure they are comfortable during the move. Here are some tips to help you move with your pet:
If you are driving to your new home, it is best to keep your pet with you if possible. This way, they can get used to the car and the idea of travelling before the big day. If you are flying, check with the airline ahead of time to find out what their policies and requirements are for transporting pets. Make sure you have everything you need, such as a carrier that meets their specifications, before booking your flight. Moving a pet abroad can take a lot of planning and paperwork so you should research this well in advance so you know you have everything done and there are no stresses in the lead up to your move.
Get them used to the carrier or crate you will be using for the move ahead of time. Let them explore it and get comfortable with it in their own space before adding any additional stressors like travel. Make sure they have all the comforts of home, including their favourite toys, bedding, and food. Having familiar items will help ease their anxiety. Maintain your cool as much as possible. Pets can sense when we are stressed out, so try to stay positive and upbeat throughout the entire process.
Check your new home and outside space are secure for them with nothing that could harm them, check fences and gates are secure and there are no unusual plants or flowers that could be poisonous to them.
What to do after you move
After you’ve finally settled into your new home with your pet, there are still a few things you need to do. Here is a list of what to do after the move:
- Get your pet acclimated to its new surroundings. This may take some time, especially if they’re not used to change. Give them plenty of love, encouragement and patience as they adjust
- Make sure all their vaccinations are up to date and that they’re on a preventative care plan appropriate for their age, lifestyle, and health needs
- Set up an appointment with a local veterinarian so they can get to know your pet and have all their records in one place
- Change your details on their contact information, collar and chip etc as well as their insurance policy
- Spend time with them in your garden, throwing a ball and playing with them so they associate positive interaction with their new home
- If your cat is showing signs of anxiety you may want to keep them inside for a few weeks until you feel like they have settled and you can trust them to go outside and come back again
Signs of cat and dog anxiety after moving
There are several signs that may indicate your cat or dog is experiencing anxiety after a move. These include changes in appetite, increased vocalization, hiding, or excessive grooming. If your pet is experiencing any of these changes, it’s important to take action to help them feel more comfortable in their new home.
One way to do this is by providing them with a safe space, such as a room or place where they can go to feel relaxed and secure. You can also try using pheromone diffusers, which release calming chemicals that can help reduce stress levels. In addition, making sure to provide plenty of attention and affection can go a long way in helping your anxious pet feel more at ease.
What if pets still aren’t coping?
If your pets are still not coping after trying the above tips, you may need to consult a professional. Animal behaviourists and vets can help assess your pet’s individual needs and create a plan to help them cope with anxiety.
Medication may also be an option for some pets, but should always be used under the guidance of a vet. With patience, love, and care, you can help your pet through their anxiety and provide them with a happy and healthy life. Indeed, with a little planning, moving with a pet can be a smooth and stress-free experience for both you and your furry friend!
Moving home with your pets
Pets are often very stressed by house moves. There are a few things you can do to help make the transition easier for them. First, try to keep their routine as close to normal as possible. If they normally go for a walk in the morning, try to keep that same schedule. This will help them feel more comfortable in their new surroundings.
Make sure they have a safe place to retreat to when they need some time alone. This could be a small room with their bed and some of their favourite toys. Allow them access to this space any time they want and let them stay there until they’re ready to come out.
Finally, give them plenty of love and attention during this stressful time. They’ll need your reassurance that everything is going to be alright. Showing patience and understanding will go a long way in helping your pet adjust to its new home.