Moving with Pets 10 tips for Stress Free Relocation

by PetCloud / Pet Owner Advice / 23 Mar 2019

Moving house with your pets

Moving day has arrived and the last bit of packing is taking place. Moving to a new environment can be an overwhelming task for both you and your pets.

The transition can cause a feeling of disorientation to both dogs and cats. This usually happens when your pets are firmly attached to your old house. Here are a few tips to help prepare them for moving and to get them used to their new home.

1. Block escape routes & put them out of harm’s way

When moving with your pets, the first thing you should put in mind is their safety during and even after moving into your new home. Lock your pets into a silent room when moving other items. This reduces anxiety, and it also ensures that they don't get lost. 

Secure your pets when packing and keep them from escaping

2. Use a Crate to help with moving

After moving everything, including their usual beddings and toys, you can then safely get them into the new house.  Avoid cleaning their bedding at least two weeks before moving.  This tip ensures that they can quickly get used to your new home because of the familiar smell of their belongings.

Move your pets using their usual crate or cage

3. Put harnesses and leads on them if they need to toilet

Both dogs and cats. Don’t risk letting them out without a leash. They could get frightened and run off.

Keep a leach on your pet when moving to a new home

4. Keep them well hydrated.

Make water available to them in a flexible travel bowl and top it up every 2 hours.

5. Transport them in the main cabin on your own car.

Don’t ever transport them in the removalist truck. Airflow will be poor and too hot for pets and doing so could be fatal.

Transport your pets in your car

6. Update your new address on the Microchip register

If you take all measures and forget to get your pet's registration microchip updated, then you might risk losing them and not being able to find them again.

Ensure that you update your new home address on the collar of your pet. This ensures that your little companions can be tracked back to you in case they get lost in your new neighborhood.

Don’t lose your cat when moving house. Update your microchip

If your Pet isn’t already microchipped you should make sure you get this done immediately.

7. Be Patient & allow them time to Adjust

The behavior of your pets might change with the change of their environment. You have to be patient with them to avoid pushing them away. The way they bark, sniff things around them and also their potty habits might become irritating to you.  Give your pet their space so that they can adjust to the new home.

As well, keep reassuring your pets and attending to them both during and immediately after moving.

Pets may miss their old home. Give them time to adjust to their new environment

8. Keep Your Pet's Daily Routine

To ensure that your pets cope easily, don't adjust your usual play, walking, and feeding routine.  Maintaining your pets' regular routine before and after moving eases the process of transition and keeps the pets comfortable and less anxious. 

Pets play and daily routine are important

9. Survey Your New Property, make it escape-proof and hazard free

Ensure that you take a walk around your new home (inside and out) to find if there are any holes, loose sections of fence, broken/damaged windows and latches and garage doors. This step is crucial because you don't want to lose your furry family member in your new neighbourhood.

Pets like to explore new homes. Make sure you secure it

10. Book them to stay at a Sitter’s home

If this sounds overwhelming or stressful, you can also have your pets well taken care of by professional pet sitters from PetCloud. The temporary stay at the pet sitter's house will relieve your pets of anxiety from lots of packing, banging, removalists walking in and out, new smells and strange new noises. You’ll still have to help them adjust to their new home but it will be significantly less stressful for them after the busy work is done.

11. Use an IPATA Pet Transport Service for Overseas or Cross-country relocation

The IPATA is the International Pet and Animal Association, they have a huge list of professional and approved pet-friendly transportation experts. Most major cities will have at least one or more approved travel expert.