Before the move
Ensure your pet is wearing an identity collar tag with your name and contact number engraved on it. This will increase the chance of your pet being returned to you should they escape or get lost during or after the house move.
Animals can become disturbed by strange people coming in and out of the house to carry out the removals and doors will inevitably be left open. If you can make arrangements for your pet to stay with a friend, neighbour or relative, or even in kennels/cattery on move day – and maybe even a few days afterwards. This means you can focus on moving without worrying about potential escapees!
Remember to update their microchips, register them with a new veterinary practice and update your pet insurance policy before you move.
On the day of the move
Move day can be distressing for your pets; their usual routine is disturbed and they’re surrounded by commotion. If your pet has to stay with you on the day you move house, there are a few things you can do to make the day less stressful – for you and your pet.
Make sure cats are inside your house before the removals start. If they’re outside, you may not be able to get them in by the time you have to leave your old home. Consider using a calming pheromone spray for your cat.
Try to set aside a quiet room to leave your pets in where they will not be disturbed and are safe to minimise their stress putting instructions on the door that it is not to be opened. Remember for tropical pets that need uv lights, leave their transportation until the last minute and ensure you have somewhere quiet in your new home to immediately install their equipment. Remember to carefully wrap glass tanks in bubble wrap and blankets, informing your removals company. As you will want to set the tank up immediately it may be easier, if possible, to take the tank in your own vehicle.
After the move
There are a number of simple things you can do to help your pets feel at home in your new house as quickly as you do. Pets need time to adjust to their new home once you’ve moved in. There are some things you can do to help them get used to strange surroundings.
• Show them their new bed and which rooms they’re allowed in.
• Keep cats inside the new house for at least 24 hours and feed them before you let them out for the first time.
• Make sure the garden is secure – check fences carefully for any gaps.
• Get back into your old routine straight away.