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Top Tips for Moving with Pets

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From boxing up your belongings to transporting and unloading them at your new home, moving house can prove to be a long, costly and challenging process. With everything going on, it can be easy to overlook how your pets will respond to the upheaval.

While your goldfish or guinea pig will be fine, iStock_000010138435XSmallcompanion pets such as cats and dogs become very attached to their own territory and may become distressed by this disturbance to their routine. This is why it is important to plan their move as much as yours to help your pet settle into your new home as quickly as you do – thorough planning and preparation are key.

Before the move

First and foremost, an identity collar tag with your name and contact number engraved on it is a must-have so it’s ready to be worn on move day. This will increase the chances of being reunited with your furry friend should they escape or get lost in the unfamiliar surroundings during or after the house move.

Animals can become disturbed by strangers entering the house to carry out the removal services, so the best thing to do would be to make arrangements in advance for your pet to stay with a close friend, neighbor or family member. It is also worth considering putting them into a kennel or cattery on move day and possibly let them board for a few days afterwards – this will take away any worry for your pet during the move and will let you focus on the task at hand.

Other important things to remember before your move are:

1. Update your pet’s microchip

2. Register them with a new veterinary practice

3. Update your pet insurance policy

4. Keep a photo of your pet in case the animal gets lost

On the day of the move

Move day can be a distressing experience for your pet as their normal daily routine is disturbed and they are surrounded by strangers coming and going through the house. If your pet is staying with you during the removal process, there are a few things you can do to make the day less stressful for you both…

Above all, it is important to make sure your pet is inside the house before the removals start, as if they are outside you may struggle to get them back in the house by the time you have to leave.

Maintaining familiar feeding and walking routines with your pet is essential to ensure they feel comfortable during the move and begin to feel acclimatised to their new surroundings.

After the move

Once the move is completed and you are settled in to your new home, it is important to help your pet familiarise themselves to their new surroundings as quickly soon as possible. Easing your furry friend back into their old routine is an effective way of making them feel comfortable in their new home. Show them where their new bed is and which rooms they are allowed in to ensure they become accustomed with the house and understand the boundaries.

If you are a cat owner, the best thing to do is to keep your cat inside the new house for 24 hours and feed them before you let them out for the first time. Once your cat is finally out alone, we recommend you regularly check them over for injuries as they are likely to encounter other cats who will try and mark out their territory.

Finally, make sure your garden is safe and secure by meticulously checking for any gaps in your fencing to prevent them escaping or hurting themselves.

Here at United Removers we understand the stresses moving house can cause which is why our comprehensive range of removal services are designed to make your move as quick and trouble-free as possible. Simply give us a ring or contact us online today for further information or advice about any of the services we provide.

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