Making it easy for your pets
Pets, like humans are most content when in familiar surroundings. Moving is just as stressful for them as it is for you. With careful pre-planning this stress can be reduced and relocation problems avoided. Here are some tips to help you make the move with your pets smoother.
- Keep routines regular. As the move approaches, keep mealtime and exercise regimes as regular as possible to reduce the chance of your dog or cat getting upset and running away.
- Identification. Make sure you pet has the proper identification on them at all times and any required license tags in case they get lost. Take a photo of your pet and make copies just in case!
- Visit the vet. Your pet should have a check-up before moving. Make sure vaccinations are up-to-date and attain a copy of your pet’s veterinary records.
- Check with government authorities. Some councils have stringent requirements or regulations regarding pet ownership. You may need permits or licenses.
- Familiar surroundings. To make your pet feel at home in your new place, use your pet’s familiar food/water dishes, blankets, toys etc, and try and keep their things in the same location, e.g. by the back door.
Moving your pet by car
- Purchase a pet carrier which is size appropriate and make sure you have food and water supplies and a first aid kit.
- If you animal is not used to being in the car, start taking them on short trips to get them accustomed to car motion.
- Plan regular stops and time for exercise.
- Don’t feed large meals during the trip. Pack snacks and plenty of water.
Moving your pet by air
- Contact the airline for rules and regulations, charges and insurance requirements.
- Purchase carrier and accessories for safe transportation.
- Make reservations as far ahead in advance as possible. If possible, book direct flights.
- Immediately walk your dog around your new area so that they become familiar with the neighbourhood.
- Maintain your dog’s regular feeding and exercise regimes.
- Establish boundaries in your new yard and neighbourhood.
- Keep your cat indoors until they are settled.
- Limit the number of rooms the cat is allowed in. Gradually let your cat explore their new environment.
- Surround your cat with familiar toys and comforts.
Pet Travel Checklist
Here is a list of essentials for safe, smooth and stress-free travel with your beloved pets.
- Your pet’s usual food and plenty of water.
- Familiar toys, blanket, treats
- Food and water bowls, can opener and plastic containers.
- Leads for cats and dogs
- Litterbox for cats
- Plastic bags and scoops for dogs
- Paper towel
- Veterinary records
- Copies of recent photo
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