How to Move House When You Have Pets
When you have pets, you need to take their needs into consideration when you move house. Make sure that before the house removalists arrive, you’ve made all the proper arrangements for them to be happy in their new home.
Transfer Your Pets’ Veterinary Records Before Moving
Find a good veterinarian in your new location and transfer your pets’ records there before you move. That way, if an emergency should arise, your new veterinarian will be prepared to handle it. Ask your current veterinarian or your removal company for a recommendation.
Get Your Pets Used to Crates Before Moving Day
Chances are you’ll need to haul your pets to your new home in a crate. If they’re not used to being in a crate, get them acclimated early on in the process.
There are websites which advise owners to start by feeding their furry friends in their crates so they associate being in the crate with something positive. Gradually increase the time they’re in their crate. Reward them with a treat or playtime after they finish crate time.
Once they’re used to being in the crate, take them for a short walk or drive. Again, reward them afterwards. Soon, they’ll be looking forward to the trip they’ll take to their new home.
Label Boxes with Their New Location’s Name
Not only should you label boxes with your own belongings with the name of the room they need to go in your new home, but you should do so with your pets’ belongings as well. That way, the removalists will put them in the right place, so you can find them easily when you get ready to unpack.
Some free moving boxes for you and your pets’ belongings. Be sure to ask, because boxes made especially for moving are more sturdy than your neighbours’ discards.
Hire a Pet Sitter on Moving Day
First of all, on moving day, it’s a good idea to hire a pet sitter to watch your pets while the furniture removalists do their job. To your pets, seeing your belongings taken out of your home may stress them out. After all, they have no idea who the people putting your furniture in their truck are.
Additionally, having a pet underfoot is a removalist’s worst nightmare when having to haul furniture or other heavy items. Trying to balance your load while trying to avoid stepping on Fluffy’s tail isn’t an easy task. Too, there’s a chance your pet might get hurt in the process. Better to hire a pet sitter to keep both the removalists and your pets out of harm’s way.
Carry Pet Supplies to Last a Few Days with You During the Move
When you get ready to leave your old home, take enough food, water, and other supplies to last your pet along with you so you won’t have to search through boxes when you arrive at your new home. That way, you can keep your pets right on schedule when it comes to feeding time.
Find Pet-Friendly Accommodations for Longer Trips
If you plan an interstate move, you’ll have to spend a night or two on the road getting to your new home. Make sure you’ve reserved rooms in establishments that are pet-friendly. Ask your veterinarian or friends for recommendations. On potty breaks and walks, keep them on a leash at all times. Because they’re in new surroundings, they may try to run away back to your former home. Again, find a quiet place or a pet sitter for your pet to stay with while your interstate removalists unload your belongings into your new home.
Introduce Your Pets to Their New Neighbourhood
Finally, when you’ve arrived and have settled in, take your pets for a walk around their new home and their new neighbourhood. Allow them to stop and sniff occasionally. That’s their way of getting acquainted with their new neighbours.
If you’re planning a move in the near future, it’s important to start to prepare as soon as you know you’re moving, especially if you have pets in your household. To learn more about how you can prepare for your upcoming removal, contact our team of expert removalists today.
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