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Moving homes with your pet

Heather Roberts April 8, 2015

Moving homes can be chaotic and stressful. Your pet might find this the same and it will be up to you to make sure that the animal is safe and unharmed by the removal. The transition to your new home is also a hassle for your pets so do try and keep them serene through this period. The pets’ routine will be lost as will all the objects and house smells that it has accustomed to.

1. Dog or cat:
Put out a carrier you are planning to use for moving your pet into a new home. Place the blankets that the animal normally sleeps on inside the carrier along with a few toys. This will help you to make your pet used to the fact that the carrier is a safe zone for it. Once your pet is used to the carrier it will be easier for you to move it on the day of removal. Make sure that the carrier is safely closed and there is no chance the animal could escape.
Placing a dog at a friend’s place or at a dog kennel will not only move your dog out of your way when packing and moving things with removal services in Wimbledon, but also will allow your dog’s safety and happiness in this nerve racking period. The same could be done with your cat. If you have decided to use kennel services make sure that you have met all the requirements, such as up to date vaccinations. Therefore, allow preparation of up to a month to assure all conditions are met.
Once you are in a new home with all of your belongings unpacked and order is restored, you may want to bring your pet over and allow it to enter and familiarise with a new environment, when it is calm and clean. Recreate the safe zone for your pet with a supply of food and water, as well as old toys for a known smell in order to feel safe in the new space. To allow the safest introduction choose one member of the family to be responsible for the pet’s relocation, so that this part of your moving is under control.
If your dog is naturally too anxious and you feel like moving house is going to be a real challenge, there is an option of talking to your vet and finding out means to calm your pet with special anti- stress medications.

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2. Cat:
Cats should be treated more carefully when moving house. It is advised to keep them in your house and not let them out for a few days to ensure that they settle inside first. Then slowly under supervision allow it to meet the new environment outside the house. Cats are known for the ability to find their way to the old home, therefore you might want to consider warning new owners of your previous place.
When bringing a cat to the new premise, which were not yet settled in and when your furniture and belongings are not yet unpacked, close your cat in a bathroom with its bed, toys, food, water and toilet tray. Make sure that nobody enters this bathroom, because a stressed cat can simply storm out of it and put itself in danger of running outside and getting lost.
Once everything is unpacked and in order, allow your cat into other rooms.

Moving is considered as one of the most stressful activities families could encounter. While some pets need more space, others require more attention. Knowing your pet will help you greatly to ease its transfer to the new flat.

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