There’s so many things to think about and take into consideration when you’re moving house and if you’re moving with pets, it’s especially important to factor in their safety and welfare during the moving process. Here are a few top tips on how to best look after your furry friends during a house move:
Plan ahead and pre-arrange for a relative or friend to look after your pets during the actual move. Animals must be kept out of the way of the removal crew and it can be very disturbing for a pet to contend with their territory being invaded. Bear in mind it will also be necessary for the doors of the property to be open and gates etc to the premises to be opened. If you can’t arrange for a friend or relative to take care of your pets for the day, it’s worth contacting a kennel or cattery to see if they can be accommodated. Also remember not to leave it to the last minute to catch cats, in particular, as they can often be spooked by the arrival of the removal vans and crews and can become very difficult to catch.
It is also very important to ensure that the new property and garden is as pet friendly as possible in advance of the pets arriving. Make sure that gates are secure and that any holes in fence panels are blocked up.
When it comes to preparing the new property also prioritise unpacking your pet’s beds and accessories. These items will be impregnated with the familiar smell of home and this will reduce anxiety in your animals.
There will be lots of admin tasks associated with moving house; from dealing with energy suppliers to updating address details with important contacts. One not to be overlooked is update the information on your pet’s microchip with your new address.
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