Moving is a stressful time for everyone in your family, in fact, even the members of the family that are not human can feel the pressure. This is why it is important that you make the move as easy as possible when it comes to your pets.
After all, they won’t understand what is happening and the entire process could leave them feeling a little bit stressed out. With this in mind we have put together our top tips for making sure that your pet doesn’t feel the strain of your move.
Visit your vet
Before the big move it is a really good idea to plan in a visit to the vet. This is not only to give your pet a check over, but also to make sure that they are completely up to date with their vaccinations and medications. You can also request a copy of their medical records, perfect if you will have to move the vet that you use.
Update the microchip database
Do you have your pet microchipped? If you do, then it is important that you update this information. The last thing that you will want to think about is your pet going missing, and if it does happen, the company will need to be able to get in touch with you to let you know where your pet is.
It is also worthwhile that you update the tag on your pets collar, again, just in case anything happens during the move.
Make sure they have somewhere to stay
The process of moving can be stressful for your pet. It can be noisy and disruptive. Not only in your new home but as you pack up your old home. Does your pet have somewhere that they feel particularly comfortable staying? If they do, then ask if is possible that they could stay there for a couple of nights. Not only will they avoid the hustle and bustle of packing up and unpacking. But you can also make sure that you have their new home ready for them when they arrive.
Flying? Check the rules
Hopefully your move doesn’t involve too far a distance, but sometimes relocating requires a plane ride. If it does, then you will need to check the restrictions and the policies of your pet flying. The last thing you will want is to find out that your pet can’t fly, or have them hanging around alone for a period of time, so this should always be at the top of your list of things to sort out.
Create their new home for them
If you arrive at the new home before your pet, then make sure you get it ready for their arrival. Have their favorite bed, toys and treats at the ready, and they should feel right at home from the first moment.
Give them lots of attention
Lastly, your pet is likely to feel a little nervous about the move, so make sure that you give them plenty of cuddles, strokes and attention. It will help to make sure that they feel at ease, and that they are ready to settle down in their lovely new home.