Helping Your Pet To Adjust To New Surroundings
If you’re moving house this year and have a pet to bring with you, check out this list of planning ideas for before, during and after your move.
The UK has long been a nation of pet lovers. From dogs and cats to budgies and bunnies, more than half of households welcome at least one pet as part of the family. But what happens when it’s time to find a new home? With the average Brit moving an average of 8 times in their lifetime, it’s important to know how to look after your pets when you want to relocate. Here are five essential house moving tips to help your pets feel at ease and quickly settled in their new surroundings.
Find A Quiet Room
The day of the move can be particularly disturbing for territorial pets such as dogs. They might find the upheaval quite overwhelming, so it’s a good idea to set aside a room in your current home and place your dog in it along with a favourite blanket, toys and a bowl of water. Your dog can keep out of the way of all the comings and goings and be comforted by the familiarity. Make sure you pop in to see him frequently for added reassurance, and let your movers know to pack this room up last. When you arrive in your new house, you can follow a similar plan – dedicate an empty room for your pet and pack it full of familiar items to help them adjust quickly.
A Helping Hand
In many cases, it may just be too much to move your entire household along with the kids and your pets. If you have several pets or a particularly long-distance journey ahead of you, then you may not want the responsibility of looking after a beloved pet while trying to deal with the stresses of a house move. That’s where a professional pet travel company can be of assistance. They’ll pick up your pet and keep him or her safe and fully boarded while you attend to your house move. Once you’re ready for your pet to rejoin you, he or she will be safely transported to your new front door.
Get Your Pet Microchipped
Many pets can be microchipped, but for cats and dogs it’s an essential step to take before you move home. If your pet feels homesick and tries to find their way back to its former residence, there’s a high chance that it could become lost. Microchipping your pet is a straightforward step to take and provides peace of mind.
Preventing An Escape
Whilst microchipping is important, an even more proactive approach to keeping your pet safe is to stop any escape plans. Take a good look around your garden and suss out any possible weaknesses such as loose fence posts or gaps beneath the gate. Attend to these problem areas as soon as possible, you can use chicken wire or nail a few planks of wood together as a temporary solution.
Setting Aside Plenty Of Time
Pets such as fish or reptiles can be highly distressed by a move, and so you’ll need to dedicate as much time as possible to settling them into your new home. For example, fish can experience fatal levels of stress if you don’t handle their environment with care. Ideally, you would move the fish and their tank or aquarium on a different day to your own main move. This will give you time to set up the equipment safely and ensure that the pump, filter and heaters are all functioning correctly. You’ll need to keep a close eye on the ammonia and nitrite levels in the tank for several weeks.
If you put the same level of planning into helping your pet readjust as you do into moving house, then the process should be an exciting new adventure for all of you!