Relocation is often said to be one of the most stress inducing life events we commonly have to undertake but with a good helping hand and a little methodical thinking, proceedings can be greatly relieved.
Here at David James, we thought we’d take the time to think of the furry friends which may be accompanying you on the journey. Your pets should never be an afterthought during the moving period, their safety and comfort is indispensable, so here’s some tips to consider when embarking on relocation with your pet love.
Does your pet suffer with motion sickness?
Remember, they are just like us. If you are moving a vast distance and a long car journey is on the cards then take then get some advice for the vet on travel medication. It’ll make the transition from old to new a little less stomach turning!
During the removal period
With cats and dogs in particular you’ll want to keep them in the house as you start unloading and tearing the place apart. Put them somewhere comfortable, quiet and out of sight from the ruckus that comes with a house clearout – don’t forget to leave a litter tray and some food and water too. This way they won’t get as distressed as their home disappears before them, if things get a little too distressing then a pheromone spray should be considered for your cat.
Secure your pets
Relocating is a perfect excuse to get them a new ID tag made for their collar. Your name, phone number and (new) address for moving day should be present if the space necessitates. Consider having their microchips (if they have them) updated too and get a new vet sorted for your new address before the move too so there is no last minute panic if your pet falls sick post-relocation.
The new pad!
So the journey is over and you’re ready to get settled into your new home. While getting acclimatised might take you just as long, it’s best to ensure your pet knows where they’ll be sleeping, where they are allowed to go and that the environment is safe for them to peruse. Check the garden for anything that might be a liability to their wellbeing or offer escape. It’s generally advised that you keep them in the new house for at least 24 hours before letting them out for the first time too (and that you feed them before they go out!).
Keep these all in mind and you and your pet will be just fine!