When packing needs to be done, it’s all too easy to forget about our pets, but they need to be considered carefully when moving. It’s a big change for them as well as for humans. Here are some of tops tips:

1. Leave your pet with a friend

An ideal option is to leave your pet with a friend / kennel / cattery until you get settled into your new home. That way, your pet won’t have to deal with the unpacking and noise and stress. However, if you are going to move them with you, this will have to be planned carefully.

2. Silence really is golden

On the day of the Big Move, place your pet in one quiet room and keep the door and windows closed, while you pack and shift items in the rest of the house. Keep them in that room until you are ready to transport them off to your new home. Give them small meals and water throughout the day. Hang a sign on the door so no-one opens it and lets your pet out.

3. Little things mean a lot to our little friends

Pack an overnight bag that has enough food, treats and their favourite toys, the scent of which will comfort them in an unfamiliar place.

4. Comfort them with a familiar face

Visit your vet to make sure that all immunisations are up-to-date and get their records, medications, etc. that they need. Get the name of a good vet in your new area and ensure that you update all records, microchips, etc. as soon as possible in your new location.

5. Let them travel with you

Ideally, transport your pet with you in your own car. Don’t overfeed them before the journey in case of carsickness. Small rodents need small warm enclosed environments to be moved, as they get stressed easily. It may be best to give fish to a local friend, as they don’t travel well.

6. You pet needs time to prepare for the move too

If you are going to move your pet in a carrier / cage, get them used to this new environment a few days beforehand. Birds who are used to freedom will need a chance to adapt to this experience of a cage.

7. Lots of TLC will help them settle in

Your pet will need plenty of attention in your new home, as well as food and a regular routine to help them adapt. Keep cats indoors for two weeks so that they can used to their new environment.