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How to move home with a pet

Keeping them safe and calm

Moving house with your pet

Moving house is an exciting moment for the whole family but it could be stressful for your pet. A big change like a house move could lead to behavioural or anxiety problems. However, with a little preparation and consideration you can make things much easier for your dog or cat to keep them calm and happy in their new surroundings.

Time to explore

Cat sat in passenger seat of car

When a cat discovers its new home, it needs time.
We recommend that you do not distract it by putting food on its bowl right away or give it treats. Let your cat explore their new environment first.
Try and keep cats indoors for at least 2 weeks to get used to their new house.

Stick to routines

Black and white dog hanging head out of car window

The fear of being abandoned is greater in dogs than cats but both need to be assured you are taking them with you to your new house.
Keep your routines the same (especially if you have a dog).
Sticking to the same hour for food and walks will reassure your pet that while their surroundings may have changed, nothing else has.

Allocate new spaces

White dog in car driving seat

Dogs are clever creatures and will understand the family is packing.
To avoid making your pet feel stressed make sure one family member is solely responsible for him and can make them feel more secure amongst all the upheaval of moving.
Prepare a dedicated space for your pet as soon as you get into your new house. Make it cosy with things that they know and love (their bed and toys for example).
It will make your pet feel welcome and reassure them that they have a place in this new habitat.
Cats’ feeding areas and litter trays should be placed in separate locations, and make sure they have somewhere quiet to go for the latter.

Time to explore

Cat hiding under wheel arch of car

Cats are territorial. When you move house, the other cats from the neighbourhood might already consider your garden their territory.
To give your cat a confidence boost, empty the contents of their litter box around your garden.
This will mark the territory with their scent, help them settle in and also send a clear signal to other neighborhood cats.

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