Moving House with Pets – Top Tips

No one has ever said that moving is their favourite thing. The process can be stressful, tiring and expensive and when you add pets into the mix, you know it’s going to be more difficult. However, pets are part of the family and you need to cater to their needs as well as your own when carrying out the house packing and moving so at Purdie Worldwide, top UK removals company, we thought we’d share our tips for making the move less stressful for all of you, including your dog Bailey or cat Bella!

Our top tips for moving with pets

  1. Find someone to help look after your pet

 You will need to check on your pet from time to time, and if this isn’t going to be easy then try and get someone else to take the pet for the day, such as a relative or friend. If someone takes them out then they’ll be out from under your feet and you won’t have to worry about them.

If that’s not possible, try tip no.2

  1. Find a quiet space for your pet – in the new or old house

Even if you have a very well behaved animal, they are likely to get in the way during house removals. They are by their nature quite curious, unless you have fish, who probably won’t even notice! For other animals, it’s best to find a quiet room, preferably in your new home, where they can be comfortable. Add their home comforts to the room such as toys, water, food and bedding. It’s important they are familiar with the place they’ll be in or they may get distressed.

  1. Make sure your pet is safe

If you haven’t had your pet micro-chipped then now is a good time. Also invest in an ID tag, so people can return to sender if they go missing. Make sure that you have your address updated and any other relevant details so that if they wander off they can be easily identified, particularly by new neighbours who may not be familiar with your pet.

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  1. Check your new home for escape routes and pet-fails

Pets have their ways and means of finding gaps, especially when you least expect it (i.e. are distracted with moving and unpacking). Don’t let them run around the garden until you have checked for anything that might harm them.

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  1. Don’t expect them to adapt immediately

It will take your pet some time to adjust to the new place, so be sure to give them time to do that. Bring them over to explore beforehand and have some relaxing time there. Don’t get mad if they cause some disturbances or chew up some cushions! Try not to leave them alone for long periods of time as this can cause them to get anxious. Give them treats and help them get settled in your new place.

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  1. Keep their routine

Keep walking and feeding your animals at the same time, as the upset to their routine will not go unnoticed. Cats are more relaxed about these things, as they are more independent but be sure to let them explore the new place before you move in.

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