Moving house is stressful enough, but when you’re responsible for small, chaotic creatures who don’t really understand why you’re moving, everything gets a little more complicated. At least, in the case of pets, there are some small but important things you can do to ensure that moving day goes as smoothly as possible – for both you and your furry flatmates.
There’s always the list of things that can’t be packed until the morning of the move: toothbrushes, phone chargers, etc. Make sure your pet’s things – food bowls, beds and toys – are on this list. Your pet needs to feel at home for as long as possible, so that the turmoil of moving is over with quickly.
Think carefully about how to get your pet to your new home. If your new home isn’t too far away, you can drive them yourself or take a taxi; cats will need to be kept in a carrier for the journey, and dogs should be in a dog cage or secured by a harness.
If you’re travelling further afield, be sure to make regular stops to offer your pet water and a toilet break. For longer journeys, it may be a good idea to place your cat carrier within a larger dog crate containing a litter box and space for water for use during these breaks. Most dogs will also need to be given a chance to stretch their legs.
When you get to your new home, unpacking your pet’s prized possessions should be one of your top priorities. The most important thing is to find a safe space for your pet to explore away from all the noise of moving. This means finding a room that can be left empty of packing boxes, unpacking your pet’s bed, blankets, food and toys, and securing all the windows and other possible escape routes.
Don’t let your pet out of their carrier or cage until the door to the room is closed. You may want to make a sign for the door to ensure that your movers don’t accidentally open the door to your pet’s ‘safe space’. If your pet is feeling stressed in its new environment, an artificial pheromone spray (such as Feliway, for cats) can help to settle them.
Finally, once the move is complete, don’t forget to update your pet’s details. Pet passports and microchip IDs will need to be updated with your new address and you should ensure that your pet is registered with a local vet as soon as possible.
Of course, the best thing you can do for your pet during any big change is to ensure they’re given lots of love and attention. For free advice and a quotation for your upcoming move, contact us at Armishaws Removals.