Pets are a huge responsibility but, when moving home and financial concerns and children are paramount, they can often be the last concern. Here I am going to remind you of some little details that can aid your pet’s transition from one home to another:
Moving home can potentially be very stressful on a pet – unless it’s a hamster, in which case it probably doesn’t notice… or care. Dogs and cats however can become anxious when a house is being packed up. It is wise to keep them separate from the noise and commotion of packing up by putting them in a spare room with some of their belongings so that they can relax and be away from any potential danger.
2. Friends or relatives
Arranging for your pet to spend time with a relative or friend – one they feel comfortable with – can be a good way to avoid the confusion of many removal men entering the home. Doors and windows are often left open while a house is being emptied so leaving a pet with a friend can reduce the chance of your animal going AWOL too. If you don’t know anyone who could take your pet on, then it is possible to book them into a kennel or a ‘pet hotel’ instead.
Check the boundaries of your new home for holes in fencing or any areas that your dog or cat may be able to jump over. Otherwise, on letting your pet out in the garden for the first time they could become lost. If you don’t have time to fix any boundary problems then you can always attach your pet to a long lead when letting them out, so they can still run around at will but can’t escape.
4. Pet friendly environment?
Ensure that you new home is pet friendly. Some homes will have exposed wires in unexpected places, crawl spaces that need to be plugged up, and will have policies written into tenancy agreements that rule out pets. Renting through a landlord signed up to Rentify can be beneficial as they are likely to stand by whatever is in the contract, not change their mind once they see your pet.
When your pet arrives at the new house, make sure his familiar items are ready for him. Arranging furniture in a similar way, or putting his items in a similar place to where they were in the old home can help your pet settle in quicker. If your dog is microchipped, don’t forget to
It is important to be patient with any pet in a new home as they could become scared more easily and they may make mistakes like soiling the carpet as they are unsure of their new routine. Make sure you praise your pet when he goes to the toilet in the correct location so he will begin to repeat this behaviour. Sticking as closely to your old routine will help too – going for walks at the same time and feeding at the same time.