A house move can be chaotic, especially with all of the furniture, children and pets that you need to organise in order to make your new house a home. It can be particularly stressful for cats and dogs as they become attached to a particular territory and as such will need your attention during a house move to ensure they do not become overwhelmed by the move.
Moving with pets can be a very stressful experience, but it doesn’t have to be if you take the right steps prior to, during and after your move.
You should be prepared for all eventualities, and unfortunately your pet being lost is one of these. So, you should ensure that your pet is micro chipped prior to any move, and that you update your details on the relevant micro chip database straight away. A collar with an identity tag, detailing your name and contact number (preferably a mobile number that won’t change), should also be purchased as this will increase the chance of your pet being returned to you in case they do get away during the move. They may also wander off post-move because of being in unfamiliar territory, so this is useful both before and after a move.
If you are moving a long distance then you must consider that it’s not only humans who are capable of getting travel sick. You should ask your vet about ways to make these journeys easier for your pets.
People coming in and out of your home, moving familiar things and disturbing their territory can be the main source of stress for your pet on moving day. So, arranging for a pet sitter, kennel or friend they recognise to look after them for that day may be a great way to ensure their comfort and avoid any unnecessary anguish for yourself on the day.
If you have no other choice but to keep your pet with you on move day then there are a few tricks to lessening the stress of the day that you can follow.
Ensure your cats are inside your home before the moving starts as if they are outside the commotion may make them wary and make it difficult for you to entice them back inside. There are some calming sprays that you can also get for your cats, from a veterinary surgery or your local animal supply store, which will make the move much more pleasant for them.
Dogs will be made anxious by all of the commotion, so you should keep them in a quiet place and check on them as frequently as possible.
Obviously your pets can’t go into boxes with the rest of your moving essentials. Pet carriers for your smaller furry friends are essential for a comfortable move, especially as you do not want to be driving with a small dog or cat climbing everywhere in your car, and larger dogs should ideally have a dog crate in the back of the car. Alternatively, if there is no room in the back of your car during a move, you can buy a dog harness to ensure they are safe in the back seat of your vehicle.
Pets need a period of adjustment to a new home before they settle. To help them you should show them their new beds, the rooms that that they are allowed in, ensure the garden is secure for them to explore and get back to a familiar routine as quickly as possible. To ensure cats return to your new home you should keep them indoors for twenty-four hours after the move and you should feed them before you let them out for the first time.
Moving home can be a difficult and stressful for everyone in your home, human and animal alike, so an expert team of professionals to give you a hand is always a great way to relieve the stress. Here at Golds Removals we have a team of experienced professionals who are trained to make your move go as smoothly as possible. For more information don’t hesitate to contact us on 0800 690 6863 or 07514002769.
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