Moving with pets

Pets are an important consideration when planning your home move. They won’t understand what’s going on, so you’ll need to make them feel safe and secure at both ends of the move.

Moving with pets advice from Specialised Movers

A distressed pet could add a potential delay to the timings of your move. Here are some tips to help:

  • If possible, it’s advisable not to feed your pet just before you go.
  • Keep your pet in a safe place and make sure everyone knows not to let them out (place a notice on the door or cage to inform people). If you have a cat flap, ensure that your pet does not go out on the morning of the move (have a litter tray handy) or you may not be able to find them when you need to go! With all the disruption going on in the house on moving day, a pet is liable to go missing if they are allowed to go outside.
  • Use a high-quality pet carrier to transport your pet from your old home to your new one and, if possible, accompany them on the journey to reduce their stress of being caged and alone after so much strange activity.
  • If you’re moving a dog, make sure you have some water, a leash and waterproof covering to keep your car clean, and some food for use in your new home. Make sure your pet has fresh water regularly, especially in hot weather.
  • Once you arrive at your new home, make sure that your pet has time to settle in. Make sure they are in a secure part of the house whilst unpacking is still ongoing (place a notice on the door or cage to inform people). If your children are helping with the move, you could give them the job of looking after your pets. They could stay with them to make sure that they are not too distressed. This is good for your pets and keeps your children occupied and out from under your feet!
  • If you have a cat, once you get to your new home, it is advisable to keep them indoors for at least a week to get used to their new surroundings and to ensure they know that this is your new house!

Make sure your pet’s ID tag (if they have one) has the new address and telephone number on it.

For more information on transporting your pet safely, please consult your local vet or pet shop.

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