If your household includes pets, you need to make special considerations and arrangements before your move. You should have checked, before agreeing to the tenancy of your new home, that it is acceptable for you to have dogs or cats. Often smaller pets, like hamsters and goldfish, don’t cause any problems.

Before the Move

The best arrangement you can make for your dog or cat for move day is to place them with friends for the day. You could also hire the services of a local kennel or cattery if you can’t make other arrangements. You will have enough to deal with, without constantly having to keep on eye on your pet, making sure they don’t get under the feet of movers.

Before you move, check the condition of your pet’s collar and ID tag. Make sure the tag has current contact information, and if it doesn’t, replace the tag. Your pet may escape, and you need to be sure your new neighbours will be able to easily identify your pet as yours.

Book a check up for your pet at the vet, even if they are not due for one. Make sure that if you are moving long distance that you have a new vet service in mind which is closer to your new home, and that your pet’s records are transferred. If you think your pet may have issues during travelling (many cats and dogs get travel sick very easily) speak to your vet about treatments to settle your pet’s stomach and nerves.

Make sure you have the appropriate carry boxes for your pet for travel. Leaving pets on your lap during your travel can be dangerous; if they escape, this could distract the driver. Your local pet store will be able to help recommend the appropriate tools for transporting your pet.

If you have a large aquarium, contact a specialist for help with moving the tank and your fish to your new home.

Introduction to the New Home

Pets can feel as attached to their homes as children do. A routine and territory is established by your pet based on your actions, and a move compromises all they have come to know. Create little havens in your new home for your pet. Use familiar bedding, which will carry the scent of your old home, to help settle them in. Try to establish a routine similar to the one you had in your old home. Although your new home may seem like a better environment for your pet, your pet might not necessarily agree at first.

If you have a cat, change the litter tray every day; but only clean it throughout with chemicals about once every 7 -14 days. Regular cleaning with chemicals will remove the scent, and your cat could be confused about where they are supposed to go to the toilet.

If you have a dog, make sure all their spots are set up ready, like beds, kennels and runs. A couple of toys and bones dotted around the house will soon have a dog feeling comfortable and content.

Introduction to the New Environment

Your pet may be pawing at your front door to be let out, but be very careful before leaving your pet unattended in what is actually a foreign outdoor environment. The pawing is just part of habit, just because they may behave like their ready to be let out, doesn’t mean they actually are.

If you have a dog, your yard should be secure, whether your dog is an indoors or outdoors pet. If your dog is a regular outdoor pet, fully check your fence security and stability before allowing your dog to roam free and unattended. Keep your eye on your pet while they snoop around their new territory. They’ll be quick to find weak spots in your fencing, and use them to escape. As soon as they use the avenue once, they will use it again and again, so repair the weak point immediately.

If you have a cat, make sure their first view visits outside are closely watched. Only let them out for an hour or so at a time, and then call them back with the rattle of their favourite bell or biscuits. By making them return to the new home regularly and after short periods, they will soon gain their bearings and territory, as well as understand their new outdoor environment and how to move around it.