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Moving home with your pet

If you’re moving house you’ll be excited to start making it feel like home. We know it can also be a stressful and difficult time for you and your pet. You may be worried how your pet will cope in new surroundings, as well as settle into their new home. That’s why we’ve put together a few tips that may help you successfully move home with your dog or cat with minimum stress.

Moving day

There will be a lot of activity on moving day and you could put your pet in boarding kennels or a cattery during the move. If you can't then you could:

  • keep your pet in one room of the house with doors and windows closed
  • give them familiar things like toys and blankets
  • feed them as normal to keep their routine (but not too close to moving in case it upsets their stomach).

Settling into your new home

There will also be a lot of activity at the new house so you’ll want to make sure they feel safe and secure.

  • keep them safe and secure until at least one room of the house is sorted. To make them feel more comfortable, leave some of their things like their favourite toys and a bed in the room, or a jumper that smells like you so they feel close to you
  • once the house is organised, let your pet explore their new home; keep this to one or two rooms at a time so they are not overwhelmed
  • there'll be unfamiliar smells in your new home which could unsettle your pet. To help them settle, softly rub a small cloth around your pet’s face to pick up their scent. Use this cloth to dab around rooms and furniture; repeat this daily to build up your pet’s scent around the home
  • use food and regular routine. Small frequent meals will give you more contact and help reassure them.

Going outside

  • once you’re settled, take your dog out for a walk to explore the surrounding areas
  • for the first few days, make sure your dog is exercised on a lead until confidence is built up
  • cats may try to return to their old home. To stop this, keep them inside for a couple of weeks to let them get used to their new home and their new territory
  • when it’s time to go outside, try not to feed them for approximately 12 hours so they’re hungry; this will encourage them to come back home
  • go out for short periods of time and accompany your cat as they explore their outside space. They will relax if they know you’re there, plus you can keep an eye on them. Let them explore a little and then call them in for food. Repeat this a number of times, extending the time and letting them go a bit further each time.

Don’t forget to update your contact details, including collar tags, microchips, pet insurance and registering with a new vet.