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Moving to a new home can be an exciting yet stressful experience for everyone in the family, including your beloved pets. In this article on how to move house with pets, we will explore why a house move can affect the two most common pets in the UK, dogs and cats, and the steps you […]
15 November 2023
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Moving to a new home can be an exciting yet stressful experience for everyone in the family, including your beloved pets. In this article on how to move house with pets, we will explore why a house move can affect the two most common pets in the UK, dogs and cats, and the steps you can take to reduce stress on your pets when moving home.
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Dogs are known for their loyalty and sensitivity, and a change in environment can increase their anxiety and impact their well-being. Dogs thrive on routine and, according to the RSPCA can know how we are feeling, which means that a big disruption to your routine that increases your own stress levels can impact your dog.
To ease the transition, consider these tips:
Cats are creatures of habit and can be particularly sensitive to change and according to the cats protection can be overwhelmed by a house move.
To make the move smoother for your feline friend, consider these steps:
Before the big move, take steps to prepare your pets. Stay organised and calm, as this will impact your pets. Visit the vet to ensure vaccinations are up-to-date, change vets before the move if need be, update microchip information, and gather necessary supplies like medications, food, and comfort items in preparation for moving day.
On moving day, keep them in a secure, quiet area to reduce stress. If your pet is moving with you, make sure you have a secure carrier and make sure your pet is well supervised if you are busy moving boxes! Alternatively, consider leaving your pet with friends or family.
Once you’ve settled into your new home, gradually reintroduce them to different spaces. The RSPC advises to allow cats and dogs to ‘explore at their own pace’. Allow for accidents to happen and accept the desire to return to their old home, taking precautions like keeping doors closed and ensuring gardens are secure to keep your pet safe.
Moving with pets requires careful planning and consideration, but with these steps, you can ensure a smoother transition for your furry companions, making their home move just as exciting as yours.
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