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Moving home

Moving house with pets

‘Dogs are man’s best friend’ is a phrase that has been round for a long time, but here in the bySTORED offices we’d go so far as to say all pets are man’s best friend. In the UK alone, it is estimated that there are 51 million pets getting love and attention by people, meaning that around 11 million households have an extra furry family member.

It’s safe to say that we are a nation of animal lovers and that we’re willing to go out of our way for their welfare and safety.

Moving house is stressful enough for us when we know exactly what’s going on but it can be extra stressful for pets (especially dogs and cats) when they are forced into a period of unrest and then suddenly moved into new surroundings, not really knowing where they are.

This can take pets a while to recover from, so we have put together a list of do’s and don’ts for when it comes to moving house with pets.

DO’s

  • Give your pet a little holiday while you are moving, this allows you to not have added the stress of them getting in the way of removal men and beneath everyone’s feet on an already hectic day. See if one of your friends or relatives would be happy to take care of them for the day.
  • Keep your pet contained in a part of the house that isn’t going to get in the way of the move. If a friend or relative can’t take your pet for the day then it’s a good shout to try and keep them in one room or in the garden (if there’s no chance of them escaping) so that they aren’t disturbed by the loud noise and the movers aren’t falling over them
  • Keep their toys and bed out for as long as possible – if possible you can use it for them to sit in en-route to their new home.
  • Update their chip (if they have one) to the new address. If something does happen and the dog gets out or you cat doesn’t find their way home straight away in the first few weeks at your new pad, you have the knowledge that they are chipped, so, when they are found, they can be returned to you.
  • Shower them with love and reassurance.

DON’TS

  • Assume that your pet will be instantly comfortable in your new home. Just as it will your family and yourself, it’s going to take your pet some time to get used to the new layout, new smells, new sights.
  • Be too hard on them. During this time of change, your pet might act out or start to things that you might not have seen since you first got them – this is because they are getting used to things all over again, so if they do chew something they shouldn’t or have a little accident in the house, try not to go too mad!
  • Start a new routine. Try your very hardest to stick to feeding patterns and walking routines; doing this will allow them to acclimatise to a new place sooner and also allow them to get to know the area by associating routes with times etc.
  • Let them out into the garden until you’ve given it a full once over and are sure that they can’t escape, and no other animals can get in.

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