Moving house can be both an exciting and nerve-wracking time. Beginning this new chapter of your life should be as stress-free as possible, but we all know that is hard to achieve when you have furry friends to move too.
There are some things you can do, however, that can make your experience a little bit easier.
When moving to a new area, it would be a good idea to make sure your pet is microchipped or that their details are up-to-date. This will ensure that your pet can be tracked if they decide to explore the area. Also, your pet should wear a collar and tag that can clearly identify them. If your cat doesn’t usually wear a collar, now may be a good time to start getting them used to it, even if temporarily.
The last thing you want when moving house is for your cat to escape. By placing them in a safe room, it will allow them to adjust to their new surroundings in their own time. Ensure they have enough bedding and supply of food and water.
Check in on them from time to time so they know you haven’t abandoned them.
We would advise that you don’t let your cat outdoors for at least 2 weeks after you move house. This is because they will be used to making their way back to their old homes, in which case they could get lost or stranded.
Keeping cats indoors will allow them to adjust to their new surroundings and will reduce the possibility that they will venture back to the old house.
If your pets are used to being fed at certain times of the day or are taken for a walk at certain times, continue that routine in your new home. This will increase your pet’s sense of security, which in turn will reduce the level of stress they feel.
Also, introduce your cat to the new position for their litter tray as soon as possible so that it becomes familiar to them. With dogs, take them out on a lead each day to show them their new spot. If you do not have a garden, take them for brief walks each day to see where their natural point of calling is.
To enable your pets to feel more secure, try using Adaptil for dogs and Feliway for cats. The pheromones they release will help increase the speed at which your pet settles into their new surroundings.
One of the big factors in keeping your pets calm is keeping yourself calm! Take some time to relax once you have moved in - it will reassure your pets and they will appreciate being able to spend time with you. Your pets are very intuitive and can always sense when you are on edge.
If you would like more advice on how to make your move easier, contact your local Medivet about the best options available. They will be able to offer tailored advice to specially suit you and your pet.