Moving with Pets
Have you ever moved with your pets? They are part of the family and keeping them safe and settled is a big priority to many. In fact, according to the 2019 Mayflower Mover Insights Survey, “over 80 percent of pet-owners prioritized a home that had features for their pets such as adequate indoor space, friendly landlord rules and the size of the yard.’ When buyers were choosing a new community to move into, three quarters of pet owners considered walking trails, the local rules and the location of nearby veterinarians and parks.
When you move and it happens to be with your furbabies, we trust the below tips will come in handy.
Ensure Your Pets are Tagged
With all the foot traffic in the house on the day of the move, ensuring your pets are tagged gives you peace of mind that if anything were to happen, you would be able to be reunited with them.
If you don’t already have one, visit your local pet store for a collar and tag with an engraving of your pet’s name and your number. Some pet owners take it a step further to microchip their furbabies. When your pet has been microchipped you will receive a tag to hang upon their collar so when they are found people can know to take them to the vet to be identified. A microchip can help in the case that you are not answering your phone and your number is the only one on the tag. The microchip platform you use should present a back-up number for the vet to contact.
Confine Your Pets on the Day
On the day of the move there is going to be so much happening. Opt to confine your dogs, cats, bunnies or any other pet you have in a private room, away from all the hustle of the move.
Make sure the room is one you do not need to access a lot, such as a laundry room or bathroom. Leave a water bowl in the room and a blanket and toys for your pet to feel comforted and settled. When someone goes over to the new house with the pets, do the same thing here and ensure their safety by closing the door. You can even put a sign on the door to ensure no one opens it unnecessarily. Be sure to check up on your pets and take them out for toilet breaks.
Road Safety for Your Pets
- Do not feed them soon before they have to travel as this may cause them to be sick.
- Put a towel or blanket down for them to lie on so they can feel settled.
- Ensure there are barriers to keep them from distracting the driver.
- Keep small treats or toys close by to reassure your pet and reinforce good behavior.
Help Them Settle In
A move can be quite stressful for you, so just imagine the stress your pet may endure. They don’t know what is happening and no one can explain it to them.
Ease them into this transition by walking around the house with them and letting them sniff around. Show them where their beds are, as well as their water and food bowls. Take your dogs for walks around the neighbourhood to familiarise them with the area. When moving with your cat, ensure all doors and windows are shut. Walk through the house with your cat to let them smell things. Keep your cat inside for a minimum of two weeks. When introducing them to the outdoors, it should be supervised.
Your pet is a member of the family and should be treated as such. Follow the tips above to help your move with pets be as easy a transition as possible.
Written by: Louw & Coetzee Properties