If you're an animal lover like me (that's my gorgeous dog Harry pictured above), having your beloved pet or pets best interests at heart is always a priority. Moving day can be a stressful time for family pets, so it pays to have a plan worked out well before moving day arrives.
Here are 9 tips to help minimise the stress and have your pets settled in no time!
- Make sure to give them lots of love and attention before during and after the move. This will help to calm them and reassure them that everything is okay.
- If possible, take your dog on walks in the new neighboured before moving day, to get them familiar with the new sights and smells.
- Familiarise them with their travel crate. Put bedding, toys and treats inside and make it a fun experience for them so when moving day comes they will feel comfortable and relaxed in the crate.
- On moving day, if you can, leave your dog with a friend to minimise any anxiety they may show when they see all the hustle and bustle of packing. Cats are known to run and hide when there is disruption to their routine. Ensure your cat is locked in a room, maybe even in their crate, before the move begins.
- Pack their bowl, bed and toys separately and mark clearly so you can find and unpack them easily. Familiarity is important to help reduce anxiety.
- Make sure your new home is pet safe – check fences for escape holes, and discard any old bones or rubbish. Check the previous owners haven’t left any rat or snail poison at nose level. Make sure your pets are wearing identification collars.
- Slowly introduce them to their new surroundings. Keep cats confined to one room for a few days. Make sure to provide them with food, water, a litter box and somewhere to sleep and hide.
- Introduce a walking routine with your dog early on to help them burn off any energy and to increase their familiarity with the area.
- Introduce your cat to the outdoors cautiously. Supervise them the first few times and only allow them out for long periods once you are confident that they have formed a solid attachment to the new home.
What tips do you have for settling a pet into a new home? I'd love to hear from you - please leave your comments below!