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Relocating with pets can be extremely stressful – for both you and them. In particular, cats and dogs become very attached to their own territory and will need care and attention when you move. 

There are a number of simple things you can do to help your pets feel at home in your new house as quickly as you do.

Before the move

Have an identity collar tag made with your name and new contact number engraved on it so it’s ready to be worn by your pet on move day. This will increase the chance of your pet being returned to you should they escape or get lost after the move. Just like humans, cats and dogs can suffer from travel sickness, ask your vet about medication to make the journey easier for them.

Animals can become disturbed by strange people coming in and out of the house to carry out the removals. Therefore make arrangements in advance for your pet to stay with a familiar friend, neighbour or relative, or even in kennels/a cattery on the packing day. 

Remember to update their microchips, register them with a new veterinary practice and update your pet insurance policy before you move.

After moving

Pets need time to adjust to their new home once you’ve moved in. There are some things you can do to help them get used to the surroundings. Show them their new bed and which rooms they’re allowed in.  Keep cats inside the new house for 24 hours and feed them before you let them out for the first time. Make sure the garden is secure – check fences carefully for any gaps. It’s important to get your pets back into their old routine straight away as this will help them settle in quickly.  

Top tips on relocating with pets

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