Moving homes with a pet

Moving with Pets

DO try to get a friend or relative to look after your pet on moving day so they are kept safe and out of the way; moving house is stressful for owners and pets alike. It is important that they are kept away as there will be a lot of noise, movement, and people who could accidentally stand on a tail or paw.

DO keep them in one room if you would prefer to keep you pet with you during the move. Set aside a quiet room and keep the door shut; make sure they have their favourite toys, bedding, food and water. This option should only be a last resort however, as shut in one room could increase their anxiety as they are aware of heightened activity throughout the house.

DO leave packing your pet’s possessions until the end. The presence of familiar toys and blankets will comfort your pet.

DO make sure your pet’s ID tag and microchip details are up to date and include details of your new home address. In the event of your pet taking itself for a walk around your new neighbourhood, it is important they can be identified.

DO register them with a new vet in the area you are moving to.

DO give them plenty of reassurance and attention, both during and after the move.

DON’T feed them just before putting them into the car as they are more likely to get car sick. If you have a long journey, make sure to feed them a couple of hours before you set off to prevent any accidents.

DON’T let your pet loose in your new garden until you have checked that it is secure first. Make sure you check all fencing and walls, looking for gaps or broken paneling. Also check for anything in the garden that could be poisonous for your pet. When you do let your pets out to explore your new garden, go outside with them until they are more confident in their new surroundings.

DON’T let cats out to explore their new territory for at least two weeks. Cats need time to get used to calling a new place home and they could get seriously injured if they try to make their way back to their old home.

DON’T assume your pet will settle into your new home straight away. Pets are creatures of comfort and sometimes they can take a little while to settle; allow them time to relax and become familiar with their new surroundings. Try not to leave your pet on their own for too long until they are fully settled as this can cause anxiety.

DON’T scold them if they chew things or have accidents in the house in the first few days. Most pets need time to adapt and dogs in particular can become very anxious and stressed from moving.

DON’T change your feeding and walking routine; sticking to your pet’s routine can make the transition a lot more manageable and will make your pets feel at ease.

DO contact your vet if you are worried at all about your pet’s behavior.

If you are moving abroad, please see the advice from the government website. https://www.gov.uk/guidance/export-live-animals-special-rules