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Planning a Stress-Free House Move for Your Pets

We all know that moving house is a stressful time, but it's not just us humans that can find the process overwhelming. Living amongst boxes and picking up on the sense of the unknown means a house move can be a confusing time for the pets in our lives. There are things that you can do to help, and with some careful planning, your pets will adjust to their new home in no time at all.

Here are some simple tips that will help your pets before, during and after moving day:

Before you move

  • Gradually move your pets' food bowls, toys and beds into one room. This will mean on moving day they should be happy to stay in one secure room for a few hours, and you can pack things up without disturbing them.
  • Don’t feed pets close to travelling time, particularly if you have a long way to travel as it could cause travel sickness.
  • Ensure your pet is microchipped, and don't forget to let the microchip company know your new address. If your pet goes outside, update its collar tag with your new details as soon as you can. 
  • If your pet is nervous and finds it difficult to cope with change, it may be better to book them into a kennel or cattery during the move. To ensure you find the best place for your pet, make sure you do some research into the local kennels and catteries and get them booked in plenty of time before you move.
  • Decide where your pets will live in your new home so that you can get their space sorted as soon as possible on moving day. 

In your new home

  • When you arrive at your new home, put your pet’s belongings into one room along with a piece of clothing that smells of you.
  • Moving day can be hectic, so make sure you take time for a cup of tea and a cuddle with your pet. Nothing will settle them into their new home faster than some reassurance from their owner.
  • Don't be too hasty to let your pets outside. With people coming and going it is important to ensure your garden is secure before letting them out. It is a good idea to supervise them when they first venture outside. Cats should be kept indoors for a few weeks to help them become familiar with their new environment.

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