Moving can be stressful for people, however it can also be
a very anxious and demanding task on our dear animal companions, our pets. Pets
can easily get stressed out when there’s unexpected change or activity in their
home or when they’re introduced to a new environment. Unfortunately moving with pets can
often be a difficult if not planned correctly. It can lead to pets going
missing (in search of their previous home) or them developing behavioural issues.
Managing change with pets requires patience and like us humans, pets need a
little extra TLC during the main three stages of a move. Luckily, with some
insight from animal experts there are a number of recommendations for how
owners can keep pets safe and happy while undertaking a move. Here are some tips Mooving matters, your home organiser Sydney have complied that should make the moving experience a bit calmer for you
and your beloved pet(s).
Is your new home pet friendly?
you actually get to t packing and labelling cardboard boxes, it’s a good idea
to make sure your new home is pet friendly.
through the local area, make sure there are dog parks or beaches where pooches
can get their exercise, and thoroughly assess the property you’re moving to ensure
it’s animal-proofed. Ensure the properties fencing is high enough and that
gates can shut and lock properly and all yards are secure to prevent curious pets
Get orientated with the new
you are moving relatively close by, let your dog visit your new place before
moving day (this method can also be effective with cats, however with them
secure in their crate). Don’t act nervous or unsure, show them that you’re
relaxed in the new surroundings. It is common for animals to wander back to
their previous home, so this can help overcome problem.
strategy is to map out a route from your current location to your new home. Otherwise
if the distance is too far, try finding a local dog park in the new area.
Walking them along this route or visiting the park at least once a week, will
help familiarise your pet with all the new sights, sounds and smells. Gradually
increase exposure and when the time comes to move, it’ll already feel like
it’s a good idea to bring dogs along to new property prior to move give them a
chance to sniff out and explore the new neighbourhood surroundings. It’s essential
for them to familiarise themselves with your new house as soon as possible. For
example, walking them around the perimeter so they get to know it.
It’s the anxious
animals that are more likely to try to escape. Thus, it is important to make
sure their new home is safe and secure as possible, be it a pet dog, cat, bird,
rabbit or fish.
Prepare an on hand ‘overnight essentials bag’ that has enough dog food, or if a cat kitty litter, toys and grooming tools to sustain your pet and keep them comfortable during the first few days of unpacking
Contact or visit
If you’re moving
out of the area, visit your
veterinarian a couple of weeks prior to moving. Request a copy of your pet’s medical
history and records, importantly including documents as their vaccination and a
desexing certificates. Its good idea to ensure your pets are up to date with their
shots, get any prescription medications and your new address is added to their
microchip database. If your pet suffers any has health issues or mature in age,
possibly a mild sedative would be advisable before any travel. Another option
is to chat to your vet about using a pheromone device. What a pheromone device
does is emit a scent which mimics the scent released by a mother to her litter
which is known to be quiet calming.
may want to see if your current vet can
recommend another vet in your new neighbourhood to connect with.
you still have a few weeks before the big move. Be sure to use this time
wisely. Apart from the obvious preparations, you may want to hire professionals
to reduce the workload.
removalists to pack and unpack and declutter, handy man to fix any damages,
or organise cleaners to do a detail clean, this is will help clear up your
schedule to address your dog’s needs. A concise moving house checklist is a
great way to help coordinate all the various tasks that you’ll need to tick
Keep your pet’s routines
enough change happening as it is it’s good to keep like feeding and walks, as
they are if possible. And it goes without saying, treat them with the same
level of attention that you would normally show them. Make
sure you give your pet an identical, predictable daily routine for the first
couple of weeks in your new residence. This will make your pet feel more
confident if they know what to expect each day, such as what times they’ll eat
and go to the toilet.
Pack your pet’s belongings last.
keep them comfortable and at ease during moving, do not wash their bedding
until a couple of weeks after the move, this is so they have something familiar
smelling in the new house.
sure you have the following organised before the move:
records, certificates, and recent photos
pet’s usual food
and water bowls
(both cats and dogs)
pillows, towels or other crate liners
bags and scoops for dogs
covers for birds and rodents
towels for messes
for the first day at the new home
traveling long distances, you can prevent travel sickness by not feeding them
for 12 hours before the journey. Otherwise If you your pet suffers from travel
sickness, consult your vet about anti-sickness medications.
Carrier Train your pet in advance
When moving it’s a good idea to crate or pet carrier train your
pet prior to the move. This way, wherever you move in the future, your pet will
always have a safe and familiar space they can retreat to, making the process
less overwhelming. Cats need a little more security and protection compared
to dogs, which makes utilising a pet carrier the perfect solution making your life a lot easier
as it’s the most convenient method of relocating pets. Some tips when selecting
a pet carrier is that to make sure it’s large enough that your pet can stand, lie down, and
turn around easily. Make sure it’s made of solid materials like plastic or
metal, you can latch the door, and that it has plenty of ventilation
a pet owner you will know how dogs and cats will watch your every move.
Companion animals can detect changes in their environment, and are attuned to
signs that their humans might be leaving them.
packing up an entire house, it’s best to reassure pets by keeping their
routines as normal as possible. As mentioned previously Continue to feed and
walk them at the same time as usual. Also make sure they have some of their
favourite toys and treats around for as long as possible.
Play with your pet
A couple of weeks before you move, introduce your pet to a new
If possible, take them on a visit to your new home. Spend some
time there playing with your pet and the toy. On the moving day, give them the
new toy with a treat inside when you get to your new home to create positive
associations. If you need to return to work, these can be helpful as your dog
can play with them unsupervised.
Toys that offer the dog a slow treat reward are great as they
also encouraging the dog’s natural instincts.
Its Moving day, so keep them out of the action
comes to moving day, look to keep your pets with you wherever possible, rather
than boarding them at a kennel or cattery. The truth is dogs and cats respond
better to their owners, not to other people.
removalists will be coming and going through the house, restrict pets to a
closed room or Quietest area. Using a crate comes in handy here, both as a safe
space an animal can go to if stressed, and to securely transport them.
in a cat carrier with familiar smelling bedding and only release them from
their carrier once your home is quiet and calm.
Make sure you check in on them regularly and try your best
to feed or walk them at the time you usually would; keeping routine in the
midst of all the changes will help immensely.
If your dog isn’t carrier trained, don’t be embarrassed and always be pet safe and hire a pet sitter, take them to a pet kennel / daycare or ask a family member take responsibility for looking after your dog.
Things to remember during the move
- Place new identification tags on them
- Make sure your pet is safely secured in the vehicle they are to be transported in
- Make sure that they get regular toilet and water breaks.
- Never leave your pet alone in a parked car.
Take your pet in your car
Take the pet to the
new house in your own vehicle. Cats and small dogs can be put in a carrier in
the back seat, which can then be secured with a seatbelt. A bigger dog can be
moved in a kennel in the back of the car; you may need to put seats down if possible.
Some animals feel more comfortable if you throw a blanket over their carrier
during the car ride so they can’t see the environment changing outside.
Wait till you have arrived to let them lose
Once loaded into the
car, it’s crucial to not open the carrier until the pet is in the new home. And
give them a few days in the new home to adjust. For cat owners keep your cat
indoors for safety reasons, a move is a good opportunity to get them used to
being inside as they won’t be used to being allowed out in the new home.
Keep them secluded
Move the house
before you move the pet. Set up as much as you can, even just in a room, before
you introduce the animal to the new home. Confine them to a section of the
house while they slowly adjust to their surroundings. Give your pet lots of
attention and introduce familiar objects like toys or blankets as soon as
possible to make them feel at home.
Settling in, in the new home
survived the move! However, before you begin laying out the furniture and
hanging artwork, spend time helping your pets acclimatise.
the new home, choose a small room to be your pet’s pet room, where they can feel
secure as you move in furniture and belongings. As much as possible, have
furniture, bowls, and toys in place before you let your pets out of their
should initially be confined to one room, and then gradually introduced to
other surroundings. this is a good method to help them adjust.
into one room and after a few days just start opening doors so it can start
exploring the rest of the house.
Just like humans, our pets need
time to settle into their new surrounds. Some common behaviours that your pet
barking or noise that is more than usual
- Lack of
out your property
Here are some tips to get your
pet familiar with your new home:
- Take them
local park(s) especially for dogs.
entertainment, such as soft toys, especially when you are not at home
- Find a
local vet just in case of an emergency
games like hiding small pieces of dry food around the house to encourage cats
to explore at their own pace.
advises owners to keep their cat indoors, but if you choose to let them
outside, do so very slowly to lessen the risk of them becoming lost or running
some of your pet’s favourite places for the first few weeks if possible. Set
rules early on so they know where they’re allowed and where to eat and sleep,
and use positive reinforcement – pats, praise and treats – to make them feel
happy and relaxed.
check the boundary fencing to make sure it’s secure and free from holes before
letting your dog run free in the garden. If your dog is able to escape, only
take them out on a lead until you are able to do the necessary improvements.
Unpack the essentials before introducing your pet to the new house so they can
see familiar items within the unfamiliar house.
your pets start to misbehave, it many cases it’s because they have become
stressed during the move, so consider ways to calm them. If you suspect they
may be ill, make an appointment with a vet. Whatever you do try not to punish
your pets for initial misbehaviour. Cats especially will not understand, and you
don’t want them to start to distrust you. The golden rule is to be patient with
your pet in the new home and make allowances for ‘accidents’. And don’t draw
attention to it as it could make the problem worse. When your pet goes to the
toilet in the correct area, please praise them.
to your usual routines, as this will help them to settle. Feed and walk at the
usual times, giving them the same attention, they are used to having. Ensure your pet’s diet, bed and toys are the same as they
were in your old house. The familiar tastes, smells and sensations will reduce
stress and help them gain a sense of belonging.
you give them more or less this may cause them to become anxious or over
dependent on you and lead to behaviour problems.
Update their owner info
to update your dog or cat’s council registration so that if they do escape and
go missing, you will be quickly reunited. Update your dog or cat’s
identification tag with any new details, too.
to get their microchip records changed to your new address if you haven’t
One of the most vital steps is to ensure you choose the right packing and removal company. The Mooving Matters team, your full service moving and packing company understand the moving process, and all the components that need to be addressed for a smooth move especially when pets are involved!
To arrange a complementary on-site inspection of your packing tasks by Mooving Matters, your home organiser Sydney or to simply discuss our ‘Ultimate full service packing + moving’ experience call (02) 93375333 or visit us at moovingmatters.com.au.