Moving With Pets: The 3 Do’s and Don’ts!
No one looks forward to the home removals process, especially if you’re tackling it alone. It’s laborious, stressful and sometimes expensive! However, what can make the moving process even more difficult is moving with pets. The added responsibility of catering to the needs of your pet can make the whole ordeal more stressful than necessary.
So, Simply Removals are going to run through the 3 most important do’s and don’ts of moving with a pet (cats and/or dogs). Take a look below at our top tips!
Our 3 Do’s for Moving with Pets
1. Find an area of your new home (and old home) and keep your pet in it!
Even if your pet is extremely well-behaved, you don’t want them disrupting your moving process, or worse, harming themselves. It would be wise to find a quiet room where your pet won’t be disturbed. Ensure that your pet has all of their home comforts in their selected room, this includes bedding, toys, water and food. By supplying them with these comforts, it’s more likely that they won’t be too stressed or cause any disturbance.
2. Find someone to help look after your pet
As previously stated, moving day can come with a host of stresses, and adding a pet to the equation isn’t appealing. If you can, try and get a friend or relative to take your pet out for the day. It will remove them from the busy moving environment and put your mind at rest on the moving day.
3. Safeguard your pet!
If you haven’t already, now is the best time to invest in an ID tag or microchip. This not only means you’ll be able to find your pet if they go missing, but new neighbours will be able to identify them and return them safely to your new home. If you already have your pet chipped, make sure you update your new home address and any other necessary details so that if they do wander off, they can easily be identified and returned.
Our 3 Don’ts for Moving with Pets
1. Don’t let them run free in your new property without checks
You might want to allow your pet to roam free in your new home once you arrive but this may be unwise. Pets have an uncanny way of finding gaps and escape routes, especially in places that haven’t been properly secured. Ensure that your new property is secure and don’t let your pet roam free in the garden before you’ve inspected it!
2. Don’t be too harsh if they’re not adapting well to the new property!
Don’t be too harsh on your pet if they’re chewing and causing disturbances in your new property. Pets take time to adjust to their surroundings, and being in a new home will likely have an effect on their temperament. Allow them to explore and relax in your new home. It’s also advised that you don’t let your pet remain on their own for long periods of time as this can cause anxiety. Comfort them and give them treats to keep them happy and settled in your new property.
3. Don’t change their routines
Just because you’ve moved doesn’t mean that you have to change your pet’s routine! For example, if you have a dog, keep walking them and feeding them at similar times. Dogs get used to routines and if you start changing those routines once you’ve moved into your new property, this may unsettle them. Cats are more relaxed about this, as they more independent but be sure to get them acquainted with the new property and ensure they’re able to explore once they’ve settled.
That makes our top 3 do’s and don’ts for moving with pets! Have you had any experiences with moving your pets from old to new properties? Have any advice that you’d like to add to this article? Please do not hesitate to email us to let us know and we’ll add them to the article.
Additionally, if you’d like to know how we can help you and your pets move safely into your new property, do feel free to give us a call here. Our friendly staff are always on hand to help, no matter how big or small your move may be!