How to Move House With Pets

Ray Vel
Last Updated:
April 20, 2022

Moving house with pets can be a easy ride if you make special arrangements for your pet on moving day. Simple strategies can help make moving with your pet easier and safer for you both, leaving you both free to enjoy your new home!

A couple holding a cat in their new home surrounding by boxes.
Take care of your furry friends when moving home

Follow these top tips when moving house with pets

  • Inform your microchip company and vet of your new address immediately after you move in incase your pet goes missing.
  • Update your pet insurance company with details of your new address.
  • It might be a good idea to ask a friend or family member to pet-sit over the moving period so that you’re completely settled in and fully unpacked before your inquisitive pet arrives.
  • Pack your pets food, food bowl, water bowl, carrier, litter tray, treats, toys in one box which you can unpack first to make your pet feel at home as soon as they arrive.
  • Arrange a designated room for your pet away from the chaos so it can settle in.
  • Give your pet lots of affection to calm its anxiety.
  • Try to keep your pet's routine when you move
  • You will probably be feeling flustered, but remember that your behaviour will affect how your pets behave, particularly if you’re feeling a bit stressed— so staying calm around it is key.
  • To avoid unnecessary upset and to keep the paths clear for your removal company crew, arrange for one room in the house away from all the activity to be used as a temporary pet room. Your pet can stay in there along with anything that will keep them comfortable, such as bedding, toys, food, water and litter trays. Check in frequently to see how it’s doing.
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A grey cat and labrador dog sitting next to each other in harmony
Take care of your cats and dogs when moving home

How to move house with cats and dogs

You furry friend will feel things changing, so follow these tips to help your pet adjust.

  • Use Feliway or some essential oils to help relax your pet.
  • Keep your pet away from all the action when you’re packing and boxes are everywhere. If you have an outdoor cat, keep an eye on it with all the chaos because it might not come home at the same times without you realising.
  • A day before moving day keep your cat in a room with all its essentials. Make sure all the windows are closed so it cannot escape.
  • Make sure you have a suitable sized carrier for the journey.
  • A lot of cats get stressed and will meow during the journey, so have some treats on hand.
  • We would recommend having a small blanket or some clothes from your old home inside the carrier to remind it of home.
  • On moving day, make sure that your pet doesn't escape its room and lock the door if necessary
  • Once all the removals are complete, then put your cat or small dog into a travel carrier. Leave this until the very last minute, preferably when you have done your last check around of the home before leaving.
  • Arrange a designated room just as in your old house in the new one for your pet away from the chaos so it can settle in.
  • It will want to explore its surroundings. Of course you know your pet best, so let it take its time until it feels ready.
  • As territorial creatures, it may sense traces of other cats nor dogs who may have lived before in the house or apartment. To avoid unnecessary territorial markings, clean your new home thoroughly to get rid of any canine or feline scents.
  • It might try to hide if its anxious, so give it time. Keep the carrier in the room and bring its food, bed and anything else that is familiar.
  • Whenever its ready, after the doors are shut and the removal company has gone, allow your pet will explore the house.
  • Do your best to spend more time with your animal friend as it might feel anxiety and meow or bark excessively.
  • You should keep your cat indoors for at least two weeks after you move house.
  • During the first several days in your new home, take your dog on short trips around the new neighbourhood in its leash to get to know the area.
  • Gradually introduce your pet to the garden and outdoor space.
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Remember to show lots of affection to your furry friend even though your day will be busy!

A child holding the beak of a parrot and stroking it's head
Take care when moving house with pet brids

How to move home with birds

  1. Check the laws and regulations for the birds in the new city you will be moving to to see if there are any restrictions. Here is the guidelines for birds in London and UK.
  2. Include some stress-reducing and immunity boosting supplements in your birds diet for a couple weeks before and after the move to keep your bird healthy.
  3. If you’re moving short distance, from Central to North London for example, then its best to transport your bird in your own car in its cage. Ensure that the cage is safe and there aren’t any dangerous toys and swings.
  4. On moving day, secure the cage to the backseat of the car. Birds are sensitive to temperature changes so cover the cage with a lightweight cloth or blanket to provide some comfort and a sense of security.
  5. Bring some of its favourite snacks along the journey, and if its more than a couple hours plan a stop to give it some water and food.
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Check out this vets4pets article which has some very useful information on moving house with a pet.

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