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According to Pet Plan, we are a nation of animal lovers, with over 24 million pets in the UK! Whether its cats, dogs, birds or rabbits, pets can often be central to our lives and we all know it’s important to give animals a stable and welcoming place to call home. I know how important our dog is to my family - just ask my sons! So, what happens when you move house?

Six ways to help your pets adjust when you move house - by Guy Lambert

Of course, moving house can be a busy and stressful time, with lots to organise, so it’s vital you also help your beloved pet deal with the change of environment, and settle in to your new home as quickly as you. These tips will help to make the move easier on your precious pets plus they will help them to settle in once you arrive at your brand new home.

  • Stay calm: Moving home can be an unsettling time for any member of family but it’s particularly important to try and relax around your pets. Some animals, especially dogs, absorb their owners’ emotions, so try to remain calm when packing and moving (if possible!). If it’s going to be chaos, you could ask a friend or family to pet-sit for the day or put them in a separate room with some of their favourite toys whilst you move.
  • Let them explore…gradually: Once you’ve arrived at your new home, give your pet time to sniff around but start off with one room at a time and keep doors and windows closed. Don’t let them loose in the garden or give them free reign of the house as soon as you arrive – it can be too disconcerting for some pets.
  • Create a familiar space: Bring old beds/baskets, toys, dishes and food instead of replacing them with new ones. It’s also a good trick to try and locate them in similar places in the new home, e.g. near the kitchen table, or tucked away in the corner of the living room.
  • Pet proof your home: A new home might not be immediately pet friendly. Do a tour of the house and cover up nooks where a pet could get stuck. If you had a doggy door/cat flap at your old house it’s good to fit the new one straight away.
  • Meet the neighbours! Once you’ve moved and settled in, go and meet the neighbours and introduce your pets too. That way, if they ever go missing or appear in the garden they’ll know who they are. It’s also good to find out if your neighbours have pets as well. Be sure to update their identification tags and change the address on their microchip database.
  • Be consistent: Once you return to normal life after the move, try to stick to the same routine schedule for feeding, walks, playtime and bedtime, just to help your pet adjust.

All in all, moving to a new home can be an exciting time, and it’s a great adventure for all the family - including your pets, to explore their new surroundings together and settle in to make their new house a home!

For further information you can visit ASPCA’s tips on moving with your pet. 

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Guy Lambert,
Head of Corporate Communications

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