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Pet friendly tips for moving home

Tuesday 12th November 2019

We understand the importance of considering pets when you are moving house. Our experience shows that many of our customers have found settling a beloved pet in a new home, stressful for both owner and animal.

There are some simple steps which can help your dog or cat to be less anxious on moving day, and feel at home more quickly.


  • Consider boarding your dog for the day or alternatively, place them in a quiet room with water and keep the door shut whilst the removal is taking place.
  • Stick with their usual routine for meal times and walks.
  • If you are going to be travelling some distance to your new home don’t forget to stop and give them a comfort break and a drink.
  • Once you arrive at your new home, if it’s possible, place them in a quiet room, shutting the door.  Keep popping into see them and give the reassurance.
  • Take your dogs bed from the old house with you so it’s familiar, if they have a crate then some time spent in it may help them feel safe and secure.


  • Cats can become stressed very quickly so placing them in a secure room with the windows shut will help to keep them calm.
  • Once you arrive at your new home, keep your cat in their travelling box until the removal men have finished. Then let your cat out of the box to explore the first room. Take your time in letting them explore the whole house as familiarity with one area will help them to feel secure.
  • Keep to your normal schedule of meal times, and give them lots of extra attention.
  • Once your cat is confident, they’ll rub their heads and scent glands against doors and furniture to increase their feeling of security.
  • It’s recommended that cats who go outside should wait for a couple of weeks to help them adjust to their new environment. On the day you want to let them out, do so before breakfast and stay with them. Letting them out once a day for the first couple of weeks is recommended.

It's a good idea to microchip your pet so if they do wander away from their new home or in some circumstances, return to their old home, they can be traced back to you.

Don’t forget to register with a new vet or, change your address if you are staying with the old one.

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