Moving House with a Pet

March 29th, 2018

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Most people will agree that moving house is one of the most stressful events one can be put through. However, you will not be the only one feeling the pressure, your pet will notice some major changes and may become a bit anxious.

Plan ahead as preparation is key. Here are some tips that you might find helpful.

  • Remember to be calm when things don’t go to plan, your pet will know when you are stressed out so lead by example and stay cool.
  • Ensure your pet has a contact number tag on their collar, as cats are notorious for running away from new environments.
  • There is a lot of movement and people, in and around the house on moving day, try to remove, contain and distract you furry friend from all the commotion.
  • If using a travel kennel or cage, it is highly recommended that you familiarise your pet with it so that it is comfortable in it while travelling.
  • When driving, remember to make extra stops for toilet breaks, a seat cover, no-spill water bowl and a harness/seat belt.
  • Introduce the new place to your pet slowly, one room at a time. Make sure to include all their favourite toys and belongings.

Remember to watch for any change in behaviour over the following weeks to ensure that your pet becomes more comfortable.

It also helps to try and spend more time with your pet, so that they become physically and mentally tired, and more comfortable in their new home.

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