kittenMoving home can be a stressful time and if you have pets it can be a worrying experience. We want your move to be as stress-free as possible and so we have some useful tips to help you plan ahead and help your animal friends settle into their new homes.

Plan your journey

Make sure your pets are fit to travel and if in any doubt, contact your vet. If you own an animal that is pregnant, seek advice from a vet before transporting her.  Plan your route to minimise journey time and maintain suitable comfort and environmental conditions.  Never leave an animal unattended in a vehicle.

Reduce stressful situations

Try to keep your pet away from the all the commotion of the packing, unpacking, moving and cleaning to help reduce their stress.

Ask your vet about calming products

Speak to your vet about artificial pheromone products, for example Feliway for cats and Adaptil for dogs, these may help to make your pet feel more secure and settled in their new home.

Update your details

Update your contact details with your pet insurers, vets, microchip and any ID tags. You may need to register with a new vet, depending on how far you are moving.

Keep a routine

When in the new house, try to keep to the same routine with your pets as you had in your previous home.

Cats in particular may find a house move stressful as they can become attached to where they live. At your new house, keep your cat indoors for a minimum of two to three weeks before letting them out. This gives them time to get to become familiar with the new house.  When you first let them out make sure it’s before their meal time, if they are hungry you should be able to call them back for their favourite food.  Let them go out for short periods to start with and build this up, as this will allow your cat to become more confident.

With dogs, as it is now a legal requirement to have your dog microchipped, it is so important to make sure you update your address details on the microchipping database. On moving day, pack all your dog’s things, including food and water bowls, food, bed and toys, into one clearly labelled box so that you can find it easily when you arrive at your new home.  Getting out things that they are familiar with will help minimise their stress.

If you are planning a move, please call your local office for advise on all aspects of moving and an up to date valuation of your home.

Ash Vale – 01252 353030

Farnborough – 01252 375999

Fleet – 01252 812121

Hartley Wintney – 01252 844015

Hook – 01256 764666