7 Tips You Need to Know When Moving With a Pet
Moving house can be a stressful occasion for you, so think about how that might affect your pets! Cats and dogs are very territorial and can be easily spooked when moving them into a new home. Every pet owner naturally fear for their pet’s welfare during the home removals process, will they adapt quickly? Will they run away?
Moving With Dogs
Don’t worry, if you follow the hints and tips in this helpful guide, then everything should go as smoothly as possible.
Before Your Move
So, if you are keeping your dog with you on the day of the move then make sure you set them aside a familiar room and appoint one person for sole responsibility for your dog, so they feel right at home. Also, place a sign on the door so it’s clear that there is a dog in that room and no one accidentally lets them out.
On the Day
So, it’s the day of the move, and all that’s left to do is to move the dog from A to B! Travelling via car, crates are absolutely the best way to travel with your dog. They keep your dog safe, they’re collapsible, convenient and they keep everyone else safe.
If you don’t have a crate, then the next best option is to use an adaptable car harness for your dog. These can be bought on Amazon or almost any pet retailer as they’re very common.
Now your dog is comfortable in the car, you’re ready to start travelling with them. Make sure that if it’s a hot day, you always stop to give them opportunities to drink plenty of water, especially for dogs. Keep the windows down and keep the car cool. Remember, never stop and leave your dog in a hot car.
At Your New Home
Once you’ve arrived at your new house and everything is safe for your dog to come out, open your boot and prepare to take them out. For cats, do not take them out of the carrier before you enter the house.
Remember, it’s really important to always make sure that you put your dog on the lead before you get him out of the car. You shouldn’t ever expect your dog to be able to jump out and waltz straight into your new home. Because if you ever have to park next to a busy road or anywhere hazardous, he may jump out and put himself or others in danger.
Key Tips to Remember
Prepare in Advance
If you have particularly sensitive dog, it might be better to ask a family member of friend to look after them whilst the move is going on. If you are keeping your dog with you, make sure that you exercise them well and find a room that will feel comfortable in.
Make Sure the Area is Secure
Depending on where you’re moving to, it is essential that you make sure the area is secure. Dogs are naturally inquisitive animals and placing them in a new territory will undoubtedly ignite their curiosity. So, make sure there are no gaps in the fences, or any gates they can slip in between.
Remember, before you move, update your microchip details, and have your tag and collar with your new details on ready to go.
Moving With Cats
Again, moving house is stressful for humans, and cats are arguably even more difficult to move than dogs. The primary reason for this is that cats are generally free to roam around greater distances than dogs.
Your home is effectively your cat’s territory is extremely important to them. The disturbance that’s caused by the boxing up and generally moving out of the house might start to make them feel anxious.
Prepare Before Hand
Some things that you can do ahead of your moving date, is to ensure they are chipped, they’re wearing a snap-collar with a tag that has your up-to-date mobile phone number on.
The Moving Day
When the moving day arrives, considering that the hustle and bustle of having lots of stranger coming and going will be quite stressful for your cat. So, place them in a spare room until you’re ready to take them to your new home and place a sign on the door so people know not to open the door.
The Carrier Issue
Some cats can become worried when they see the cat carrier. It’s a good idea to really encourage them to become more comfortable with it. Leave it down on the floor so that they can approach and investigate it, you can also pop some treats inside to further encourage them.
When you’re ready to set off, secure your cat into the car. If it’s a long journey, make that it’s not too hot or too cold, give some thought to what room in your new house you’re going to put your cat, as they’ll need to be there for a few days.
After You’ve Unpacked
After a few days have passed, and you’re properly unpacked it’s time to start thinking about giving your cat more access to your home. Though, before you do this, have a good look around to make sure there are not dangerous or hazardous areas that may cause your cat harm.
Once your cat is more confident in your new home, then you can start to re-locate his food and water bowl to the place you’d like them to be.
Letting Your Cat Outside
Before letting your cat outside, you can really help to establish their territory by taking some of their used litter and spreading it within the perimeters of your garden our outdoor area.
How Long Should They Stay Inside For?
You want to be keeping your cat in for approximately 2 weeks. If you have a really adventurous cat that loves to be outside, they might start to become frustrated, so you could shorten that period, but only by a few days. If you have a very nervous cat, it might be an idea to extend that period, just long enough that they become really confident and secure in their new home.
You’ve Let Your Cat Out, What Now?
When you decide to le your cat out for the first time, choose a day where you will be home all day to keep an eye on them. then, pick a time just before you would normally feed them, to let them out. But let them do this in their own time.
Never take your cat into the garden by carrying them as this could panic them. Most cats are extremely cautious by nature, so it’s unlikely that they’re just going to dart out like a dog would. It’s more likely that they’re going to take their time to explore their new surroundings.
Always keep your door open, so if they do get spooked, they can run back into your house for safety. If your cat does get brave and wonder if, then they’ll usually come back within a few minutes at which point you can give them something delicious to eat.
Your Cat Will Naturally Become More Confident!
Over time, your cat will become more established within their new area, and they may start to venture further afield. Don’t fret though, as the preparations that you’ve taken will ensure that your cat considers your new home to be their new home.