When you move from one home another, it is not only extremely stressful on you, but it also impacts your pets as well. Dogs and cats are particularly stressed during these moves. They have become attached to their home and consider it their own territory. When you move to your new home, you will need to take particular care and pay attention to your pet’s needs. There are several things that you can do that will help your pets to feel at ease in their new home. By doing these simple things, you can assure your pet will quickly adapt to his new surroundings.
Before you move
Use an identity tag for your pet’s collar. It should include a contact number and your name. Your pet should wear this engraved tag on moving day, and for several days after the move. This will help insure that your pet will be returned, if by some chance he should escape or get lost during the move. It will also be helpful if, after moving, he gets out of his new home.
Dogs and cats can also suffer from motion sickness, the same as humans. If you will be traveling a great distance, you should ask your veterinarian for medications that will help make the journey easier on your pet.
With all the unknown people that will be coming in and out of your home, carrying out your belongings, it is quite possible that your pet will become agitated. By making arrangements in advance, to have your pet stay with someone familiar, such as a neighbour, a family member, or a friend, you can alleviate your pet’s fears and worries. You may also consider a kennel or cattery on the day you move, and possibly for a couple of days thereafter. This will allow you to keep your focus on the move without having to worry about your pet.
It is important that you keep their microchips up-to-date. You should have your pet’s insurance policy updated before you move and remember to register with your new veterinarian.
On moving day
On the day of the move, your pet can become quite distressed. When there is a disruption in their usual routine, and with all the commotion that surrounds them, they can become stressed out. If you find that you are not able to leave your pet with someone and he has to stay with you during the move, there are several things you can do in order to reduce some of the day’s stress for both your pet and yourself.
You should take cautions before moving your pets (cats should be already in the house or in cat carriers), as it will have problems in locating them if they remain outside when you’re leaving for your new home.
Using a calming pheromone spray is something you might want to consider for your cat.
You should leave all small pets some place quiet while all your household items are being removed.
What to do after the move
After you have moved, your pet will need time to make the adjustment to their new home. Here are some tips which will help you to get them used to their new and strange surroundings:
- Show your pet their new bed and where they will be sleeping and show them the rooms that they will be allowed in.
- Cats should be kept inside the home for a minimum of 24 hours. Be sure you feed them before letting them out for the first time.
- Check all the fences on your new property carefully for any openings; in this way you can make sure the garden is secure.
The best thing you can do for your pet is to get back into your regular routine as soon as possible.