Unless we are moving to another country, we don’t always consider the impact that our move will have on our pets. However, animals are extremely sensitive to stress, and this is something that we should be aware of when moving.
Our pets depend on us for food, love, shelter, and safety. These should not be compromised on when we are moving. In fact, our pets should remain a priority throughout the entire process.
In this article, we share some tips on how to move with your pets and how to keep them safe and comfortable before, during, and after the big day.
Moving with your pets requires careful planning and preparation. During this stage of the move, you can assess what needs to be done to ensure your pets are well taken care of before, during, and after move day.
During the preparation phase, you can consider the following:
It’s important that you pack a bag of essentials for your pets. In our previous articles, we highlight the importance of packing an overnight bag of essentials for yourself but doing so for your pets is equally important. By doing this, you can avoid panic from not knowing where you packed your pet’s beds, food, blankets, and other essential items.
When packing a bag of essentials for your pet, think of packing the following:
The big day has finally arrived and it’s time to move your pet to your new home. Thankfully you have done everything you could to prepare for this moment and all that’s left is transporting your pet to the next destination.
Things that you should consider:
For dogs, routine is what will keep them from building up nervous energy. This means that to help them settle in swiftly, you will need to continue taking them for their regular walks. By doing so, they can become familiar with the smells and sounds of their new neighborhood. When you arrive at your new home, be sure to let your dog sniff around the house and garden.
When it comes to cats, it’s always a good idea to keep them in one room with their litterbox, toys, water, bed, and food so that they can acclimatize before exploring the rest of the house. Once they are comfortable, let them investigate the rest of the house. Once they are familiar with the new home, you can start letting them into the garden. Cats are roamers and they need to spend some time indoors to accept their new surroundings, otherwise they might go wandering too far.
At CM Removals, we know that pets are an important part of the family and, although we don't offer pet relocation services, we do whatever we can to assist you with managing the extra stress that comes with moving your pet to your new home.
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