Moving house with kids is one thing, moving house with pets is quite another!
Pets are just as much a part of the family as anyone else, so of course you’re excited to settle them in to their brand new space once you have moved home. However, there are a few things that need to be considered in the run-up to the move in order to keep your pet as happy as possible during the process and avoid complicating things further for yourself.
Here are just a few tips and things to think about when preparing to move home with a pet.
Keep Them In Mind From The Start
As a pet owner, it’s important to keep your animal friend in mind from the very start of the moving process – the house-hunting stages.
This doesn’t just mean that those who are renting need to ensure that their new landlord will allow pets on the property, though this certainly is important. It also means evaluating the homes that you are looking into through the eyes of your pet, as well as yourselves.
What this means will vary depending on the size and species of pet that you own. Dog owners must evaluate things such as outdoor areas and total indoor space, whilst cat owners should try to avoid areas which are too busy for their cat to be allowed outside alone or areas where there is often lots of loud noise.
Ensuring that your new home will suit your pet just as well as you will allow you to avoid any problems further down the line.
Organise Time At Home
If you leave your pet alone whilst you are at work, perhaps try to schedule some time away from work for immediately after you move.
Your pet recognises your home as a comfortable environment because they know that it’s your home too – even when you leave, they recognise that this is the place that you always come back to. If you move in and immediately begin leaving your pet home alone, they will find it more difficult to settle in to their new environment and are more likely to experience separation anxiety, as they are likely to be confused by the surroundings and, at first, might be unsure whether or not you will come back each day.
By taking a little time off and building up the time that you spend away from the home gradually, your pet will quickly recognise that you aren’t leaving them for long once you leave the house and they’ll be able to relax into their new environment more.
Familiarise Dogs With Their New Surroundings
If you have a dog and are moving to a new area, begin taking your dog for walks around their new neighbourhood in the weeks before your move.
By familiarising your dog with the neighbourhood first, they will only have to get used to their new home after moving – and this will also be less daunting to them if they can recognise that the home is in a familiar area.
Of course, this advice isn’t applicable with all pets – or all moves, depending on the distance between your new and current home – but can certainly be helpful to your pet when used wherever possible.
Keep Familiar Smells
Moving always comes hand-in-hand with cleaning, whether that’s cleaning your old home before handing it over to its new occupants or cleaning your new home ready to begin decorating.
However, many domestic animals have a particularly strong sense of smell – and it’s a sense that they use in order to ascertain whether or not a particular environment is safe or familiar in any way.
So, if you can, try to preserve some familiar smells for your pet when you first move. For example, allowing them to sleep on a comfortable item of your clothing or a pillow that you usually keep on your bed.
Pet Proof Your New Home
When we get a new pet, we tend to put a little more attention on ensuring that each room in the house is safe for them to be roaming around. With puppies, this may mean utilising stairgates and finding a place for any chewable items – TV remotes, shoes, etc. – whilst cat owners may do a check of their kitchen and make sure that nothing potentially harmful is left out where your cat may play.
This is just an important after moving home, as the new environment may reignite your pet’s sense of curiosity, whatever their age. Always ensure that you’re keeping a check on turning off switches at the mains power, putting away loose or small items and securing doors and windows.
Take The Stress Out Of Moving Day
If moving day is stressful for you, imagine how stressful it may feel for your pet.
Ensure that you take the stress out of moving day wherever possible whilst being as prepared as you can, so that you still have time and attention to give to your pet and put their minds at ease on a day where there is so much going on.
The best way to do this is by organising your removals process so that you do not have anything to do for yourself on moving day.
Here at JMC Removals, we offer a wide range of different removal services to clients across Warrington and the wider Cheshire area. We can handle every aspect of the removals process for you, from providing packing supplies, to packing, to loading and transporting your belongings – and we’ll do it all with special attention paid to care and professionalism.
If you’re looking for more information or would like to book our services, please don’t hesitate to get in touch today.