Moving day can be stressful enough for humans - imagine what your pets are going through! Like us, our pets have to deal with a change in routine, unfamiliar surroundings, and an entirely new place to call home. Luckily, there are a few ways that you can make moving day more comfortable for your furry friends. Check out our tips on moving house with pets!

Tips for moving with pets

  1. Prepare your new home for their arrival
  2. Inform neighbours about your move
  3. Get a tag or collar for your pet
  4. Make sure your pet is cared for on moving day
  5. Start by keeping your cat indoors
  6. Maintain your pet’s routine
  7. Sign up to the local vet
  8. Bring a pet bag for the move
  9. Keep calm!

1. Prepare your new home for their arrival

Moving home will be a big change for your pet to deal with. Make your pet’s move as easy as possible by setting up a comfortable new space in the new home. Moving can be quite loud, so make sure this room is quiet, and ensure your pet is well fed and looked after. Surround this room with familiar items like your pet’s bed and toys, and use an item with your scent to start scenting the new home. After this, you can give them a slow tour of the rest of the house, making sure their favourite things are around them.

2. Inform neighbours about your move - old and new

Whether you are moving house with a dog or a cat, you have to be prepared for the possibility that your pet will try to return to your old home. Keep your old neighbours informed about your move, and tell them not to feed your pet - this will only serve to confuse them! You should also tell your new neighbours that you are bringing a pet with you. If you have a pet that might get anxious, this will prepare your neighbours for strange behaviour or noises.

3. Get a tag or collar for your pet

Really worried about how your pet will react to moving home? Get your pet a new tag or get them microchipped! If your beloved pet ever goes missing, this will increase the chance that you get them back safely.

4. Make sure your pet is cared for on moving day

Unless you get a moving company to handle everything for you, chances are your hands will be full-on moving day. This will probably be the most stressful time for your pet, especially if you are getting a helping hand from some unfamiliar faces.

Avoid leaving your pet unsupervised on moving day - it could result in your pet being lost! Dogs, in particular, should never be left home alone during the move. Why not leave your pets in the trusted hands of your friends and family, or pay for a pet travel carrier? This is a surefire way of keeping your pet away from the action, and will save you having to worry about them!

5. Start by keeping your cat indoors

If you are moving home with a cat, keep them indoors for a short while when you are settling in. Cats will be some of the most stressed pets when it comes to moving home and take more time to get used to their new home. Give them time to adjust to their new surroundings by keeping them in one room for around 3 weeks when you have moved. Keep their routine the same, and only allow them outside once they have shown that they are more confident!

Are you ready to move...is your pet ready too?

Are you ready to move...is your pet ready too?

6. Maintain your pet’s routine

Moving house is a frantic time. Furniture will be moved, the look of different rooms will change, and if you use a moving service, strangers will be in and out of your house. When all of this is going on, it’s vital to keep your pet’s daily routine as normal as possible.

When you do move to your new home, try to stick to the same feeding and walk times as before. It may be a new environment for your pet, but you can help them find comfort in what they know. Pets are like your little children in that if you change their routine, they can be a nightmare!

7. Sign up to the local vet

No-one likes to see their pet in distress. But in the event that your pet falls ill, you need to make sure that you have a local vet nearby. Start by checking in with your current vet to collect your pet’s medical records, and check if your pet has any medical concerns that might be aggravated during a move. If you are moving to a home that is quite far away, make it your mission to register with a vet in your new area. This will help you check up on your pet’s health before it’s too late!

8. Bring a pet bag for the move

Are you moving a long distance away from your old home? If so, travelling in a car could be a bit of a nightmare. Bringing a pet bag full of essentials will make the process as easy as possible for you and your pet! You can bring things like water, food, blankets and your pet’s favourite toys. To avoid travel sickness, feed your pet a few hours before you set off, rather than immediately before. Is there anything you can think of that might make your pet’s life easier? Make sure to pack it. If you are using a travel carrier, fill it with treats and comfortable bedding!

9. Keep calm!

Moving home is a difficult time for a lot of reasons, from the emotional feeling of leaving your old home, to the stress of getting everything together on moving day. To make the process a bit more stress-free, keep on top of everything you need to do in advance so you aren’t rushing about on the day. Some home-moving stress is inevitable, so if you find yourself getting agitated, take a short break to get your head in the right space. Dogs in particular are known for picking up on human emotions, so if you are stressed, your pet might be too! 

Feeling stressed about your move? Check out our guide on how to cope with home-buying stress!

Enjoy the feeling of being a pet-owner with one of Peabody’s gorgeous apartments. As well as providing spacious rooms for your small friends to roam, you can also take advantage of the green spaces near many of our developments.  Check out our pet policy here.

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