Moving with your pet can be a stressful time for everyone involved. Some pets are perfectly fine during a move and are excited all the new sights and sounds. But other pets are an anxious mess and need some extra love and care to get them through the process.
While our team at No1 Property Guide can make buying your home a simplified, stress-free process, we can’t help you with your pets. But Darren Walters has helped thousands of renters become homeowners, and he’s picked up a trick or two that can help. So, keep reading to find out our tips on how to help your pets settle into your new home and make moving with your pet nice and easy.
To start with, don’t wait until moving day to get them used to the idea of moving. Once you know when your new home is ready to move into, get some packing supplies and put them around the house. This will help your pets get familiar with them ahead of moving day.
Remember, packing supplies like bubble wrap and packing foam are dangerous to a lot of pets. So, make sure you don’t leave them unsupervised around the supplies.
Keep Routines When You’re Moving House With Pets
Try and stick to their routine as much as possible throughout the moving process. Try to feed, walk and play with them at the usual times throughout the day so they get a sense of familiarity.
It can obviously be difficult to maintain this 100% of the time, especially on moving day. But keeping as much of their routine in place as you can is going to help reduce their stress a lot.
Tire Them Out
A great way to keep your pets calm and out of your way on moving day is to tire them out! While it might be a bit of a hassle, especially on such a busy day, taking your dog for a big walk during the morning, or playing a bit of fetch in the backyard, will tire them out and have them too exhausted to worry about the move.
For indoor pets, extra playtime at the new place will do just as well.
Travel Tips When Moving With Pets
If your new no or low deposit home is only around the corner, you probably won’t struggle much getting your pets to your new home. But, if you’re moving interstate with pets, you’re going to have to take precautions and get your pets extra ready for the move. Even more so if you’re moving to another country with pets.
Travel cages are a good idea if your pet is quite anxious and needs a comfortable space for the trip. But if possible, seat belts and straps to let your pet sit on the seat will work best. Make sure you take plenty of breaks so they can get out and stretch their legs as well.
Don’t forget—cars heat up very quickly during the day. So don’t leave your pets locked up and unattended in your vehicle. And make sure they get plenty of water and ventilation.
Keep their Bed/Food
When possible, keep your pet’s bed, food bowl and toys during the move. While it’s tempting to get all new things to match your brand-new house, your pets will appreciate the familiar smells and feel of their usual bed and food bowl.
Once they’re all settled in you can go about replacing everything. But give them a couple of weeks to really get comfortable with their surroundings.
Anti-Anxiety Options for Moving House With Pets
If your pet is particularly anxious, it might be a good idea to speak to your vet about anti-anxiety medication. There are also some alternative calming aids that might work, including zen collars and even music. Ask your vet about the best option for your pet.
Find a Pet Sitter Before Moving With Your Pet
When possible, make use of a pet sitter on moving day. This will make packing the final boxes and the moving truck that little bit easier. Seeing you put everything into boxes and then into the truck can be stressful for your pets. Try get a friend or someone they’re familiar with to look after them for the day while you get everything moved to your new place.
Be Patient When Moving With Your Pet
Finally, be patient. It’s a stressful time for everyone and your pets may play up a little more than usual. Understand that they’re in a new environment. And they’re likely to bark at strangers or make more of a mess than usual.
Take your time with them and be as patient as possible. They’ll eventually get accustomed to their new home and get back into their routine in no time.
While moving with your pet can be a stressful time, buying your dream home through No1 Property Guide isn’t. With access to registered land across the country, our New Home Specialists can package your ideal house and land package anywhere there is land available. All for no or low deposit. Contact our team or fill in our pre-qualification form to get your homeownership journey started today.