Don’t Be In the Doghouse with Your Pet – Here’s How to Move Your Pet with Ease
Moving home can be a stressful time, but if you’re one of our furry friends, it can be equally difficult, if not harder. Animals find it difficult to handle the upheaval associated with a home move as they don’t understand what is going on, so what do you need to consider before you start the process of relocation?
The difficulty your pet is likely to experience during a house move will vary depending on a number of factors. If you are just moving a few streets away, for example, it will be a much easier experience than if you are relocating to the other side of the country, or even overseas. The distance you will be traveling is another factor to bear in mind as well as any changes in environment around your new home. For example, if you have a cat who is used to having free reign in a rural property, they will find it very different to suddenly move to a city.
Physical differences inside the house are also a consideration – for example, if your new home has no cat flap, that may prove to be an issue for a cat who is used to being entirely independent and free to come and go as it sees fit.
Here are five things to consider when moving home with your pet so that both you and your four-legged friend can be well prepared for the experience.
Keeping Pets Away From Removal Activity
Pets are likely to be quite traumatized if they have to be around during all of the stress and action on the removal day itself, not to mention the fact that you’ll find it much more difficult to get everything done with your furry companion under your feet. It’s wise to arrange for your pet to stay somewhere else overnight while you finish the packing and load the van. Of course, it goes without saying to ensure that your pet’s veterinary records are fully up to date and in an accessible location just in case.
Pet’s ID Chips and Name Tag
Before relocating to a new home, it is important to update your pet’s ID tag so that, should your furry friend go missing, it will still be possible to get them home. If your pet is also microchipped, you will also need to update the details.
Making A Familiar Environment
When your pet arrives at their new home, the best way to make them feel at home is to try your hardest to ensure that the environment is as close as possible to their previous home. By giving your pet their own place to eat, sleep and play, you will ensure that they feel comfortable and safe. Their familiar toys, bed and accessories will ensure that they know where they belong.
Limited Outdoor Access
If you have a cat who is used to being outdoors, it’s important to introduce them to their new neighborhood gradually. You don’t want your pet to get confused and to try to go back to their old home, so building up their outdoor access gradually over a few days is a good way of helping them to get to grips slowly with their new local area. If you make the mistake of allowing your cat outside straight away, there’s a good chance that they may be overwhelmed and not be able to find their way home, so keeping them inside for a few days will help them to become more familiar with the smell and feel of their new environment.
Read the Lease
Above all, make sure your animal is allowed in your new home. Having a pet may be allowed, may incur a fee, or may be outright prohibited. The time to find out that Fluffy is not allowed in your new apartment is not while you’re unpacking boxes. To insure your furry friend has a happy home, you must make sure you are in agreement with your landlord regarding the terms of housing your pet in your apartment.
Although moving with pets is never easy, it is perfectly possible as long as you prepare well in advance and make sure that you think ahead about how to make the process less traumatic for your furry friend. A house is never truly a home without your pet, so make sure that they are as happy and comfortable as you are in their new environment.