25 May 2011
We all know that moving is a stressful time for most people, there are boxes to pack, removalists to arrange and the list goes on! But even though we know you have a lot on your mind when you move, it’s important not to forget about your furry members of the family!
If you have moved with pets before than you would know that they can be just as stressed out from the moving process as you can be. However there are things you can do to help make moving a little bit easier for your pets, and hopefully for you too!
Firstly, ensure that your pets are registered with your local council.
If you are travelling a considerable distance, it’s a good idea to have your pets checked with the vet before moving and check that you have a suitably-sized pet carrier.
Before moving you may need to familiarise yourself with local rules, laws and curfews – this is particularly important if moving interstate.
Make sure that your new home is safe for your pets. Ask yourself – does it have adequate fences? Is the garden safe? Are there any objects in the house that may get chewed up?
On the day of moving, ask a family member or friend if they can look after your pet/s for you, just in case they become distressed by the noise and commotion on the day (they may also like to keep your pets favourite toys and some treats with them).
Once you’re all moved, if you have dogs, then take them for a walk around the neighbourhood so they can get used to the new area. Make sure you keep an eye on your pets for a few days (or more) after moving, it may take them a little while to get used to their new home.
Moving can be a difficult time for your pets, so it’s important to be patient with them and eventually they will settle in and love their new home and routine and hopefully you will too!