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Tips for Moving House with Pets

  • 5 years ago

Around half of the UK’s populace has at least one pet, so when it’s time to move, that two, four, six, eight or even no-legged friend has to come along too. Here’s some pointers to help you all get to your new home in safety and comfort.

Take your pet to the vet

If you’re moving some distance away then you’ll probably be changing vet practice, so visit your present practice for a check-up, to collect any important meds and to make sure your vaccinations are all up to date. You also need to make sure that meds are easily available until you’re all unpacked at the other end.

Pack an overnight bag

This should include food, toys, litter trays, comfort objects, brushes and so on; it should also be easily accessible.

Update your microchips and name tags

You should update the central database with your new address just before you move so that if your cat or dog goes wandering during all the chaos of the move, you can find him. It’s also important to get collar tags with your new address on.

Register with a new vet practice

Ask your present vet for recommendations, especially if you have exotic pets or a pooch with an unusual medical condition. You can always drop into your local practices for a chat before you make up your mind.

Maintain your usual routine

Keeping to your usual feeding and walking times isn’t just for the pet’s benefit; it’ll help everyone to cope with the upheaval.

Get out the carriers a few days beforehand

If your animals associate their boxes with the V-E-T, then having them lying around for a few days will mean your pets just start to ignore them and by Moving Day they’ll be as chilled as usual.

Designate a safe space on Moving Day

You need one room which is relatively quiet and away from all the hubbub. The bathroom is ideal, especially for keeping litter trays in, as it’s one of the easiest rooms to clear out before you set off. Just make sure your removals guys know it’s a temporary den.

Only offer light snacks before the journey

If you’ll be driving a long way, then just offer a light meal in case your pets become nauseous or travel-sick. Make sure there’s plenty of breaks for walks and wees.

Keep cats indoors

The experts say you should aim to keep your cats in for two weeks to make sure they know they’re “home”. Try to create a special cat space, with familiar toys, treats, litter trays and baskets so that they settle in faster.

Make sure your new garden is pet-safe

You need to know that the fencing and gate in your new garden is secure and that there’s no dangers like broken glass. It’s also a good idea to look out for poisonous plants, wasp nests and similar hazards.

Meet the neighbours

Introduce yourself and your animals to your new neighbours. You never know, you could find yourself scooped up by the local dog-walking club before you’ve unpacked!

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