By / jpadmin
I Have Pets – How Do I Make Sure They’re Safe And Adjust Well To The Move?
Pets are just as important as your children in this move as they won’t understand what’s going on. You need to ensure that they are safe at both ends of the move and cannot run off or this will delay the move timings. Here are some tips that may need to consider:
If possible, don’t feed your pet just before you go.
Keep your pet in a safe place and make sure everyone knows not to let them out (place a notice on the door or cage to inform people). If you have a cat flap, ensure that your pet does not go out the morning of the move (have a litter tray handy) or you may not be able to find them when you need to go!
Use a high-quality pet carrier to transport your pet from one home to your new one and if possible, accompany them on the journey to reduce their stress at being caged and alone after so much strange activity.
Make sure you have some water, a leash and waterproof covering for keeping your car clean, and some food for when you’re in your new home, and make sure your pet has fresh water regularly, especially in hot weather.
Once you arrive at your new home, make sure that your pet has time to settle in. Make sure they are in a secure part of the house whilst unpacking is still ongoing (place a notice on the door or cage to inform people).
If you have a cat, it is advisable to keep them indoors for at least a week to get used to their new surroundings and to ensure they know that this is your new house!
REMEMBER: Make sure your pet’s ID tag (if they have one) has the new address/telephone number on it.
For more information on transporting your pet safely, please consult your local vet or pet shop.