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How Can I Make Moving Less Stressful for Pets?

December 4, 2019 | By |

If you think moving house is stressful, imagine how stressful it must be for your pets! Cats and dogs are known for becoming attached to their territory, which makes relocating them harder than you’d think. Read our blog to learn how to avoid disorienting your pets during a move and contact DS Movements for domestic house removal service. We have years of experience relocating families and their pets for an affordable price you simply won’t believe. Get a quote now and treat yourself and your animals to the hassle-free move you deserve!

How Can I Make My Pets Move Easier?

Reduce the stress your pets will likely face during a move by following these five simple tricks.

1. Ask a Neighbour to Watch Your Pet

If you have a friend or family member that your pet knows well, ask them if they wouldn’t mind watching your pet while you move. This way you’ll know that your pet is in safe hands and you’ll remove them from any loud noises or strangers which could cause them unnecessary stress.

2. Set Aside a Spare Room

Don’t have any friends or family members nearby? Set aside a spare room for your pet. Leave your cat or dog’s bedding, toys, food and water in a room that’s out of the way and make sure you regularly check on them to reassure them that you’re still there.

3. Pack Your Pet’s Belongings Last

Familiar beds, toys and blankets provide comfort to pets, especially when moving. That is why we recommend packing up their belongings last. This way they’ll have a safe place to turn to while you’re moving. We also suggest that you avoid washing your pet’s bedding and blankets for a few weeks so they don’t lose their “old home” smell. This will give your pet time to adjust to their new home!

4. Secure Your Garden 

Before letting your pet out in the garden, be sure that the area is secure. Check the perimeter to confirm that there are no gaps where your pet could escape. It’s important to give your dog or cat time to explore the new sights, smells and sounds. We recommend that you go outside with your pets until they are used to their new surroundings.

5. Stick to Your Pet’s Normal Routine

Don’t change your pet’s daily routine just because you’ve moved. The best way to keep your cat or dog calm is by walking, feeding and grooming them at the same time they’ve grown accustom to. This instils a sense of normalcy in an otherwise stressful situation.

Things to Keep in Mind

  • Your pet’s bad habits could return due to the stress of the move. Try not to scold them for scratching or chewing; they are just trying to get used to their new home!
  • You’ll want to update your pet’s ID tags and microchip details so a vet could contact you should your cat or dog ever get lost in your new neighbourhood.

Are you ready to move house with your pet? Contact DS Movements for a competitive quote and schedule your house removal with us. View the areas we serve and call us either at 01353 930095 or 07399 424632. We’re here to help you and your furry friends with your next move!

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