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Stress-free moves for the whole family

They’re as much a part of the family as anybody else, so our pets need to feel safe when there’s a major change underway in the household, like a house move. 

We get lots of enquiries here at Edinburgh Self Storage about flexible storage spaces to make room while a house is being bought or sold, and while you can’t put your pets in self-storage (as if!) we’re sharing some tips from People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA) on helping smooth the way to a stress-free house move for everyone. 

Plan Ahead for Moving Day

As with everything to do with a house move, forward planning is key, and will help pets settle in quicker. If your pet is quite nervous and finds it difficult to cope with change, it may be better to book them into a kennel or cattery during the move, or leave them with a trusted family member. Check with your vet that all vaccinations are up to date and give yourself enough time to find a cattery or kennel you like and trust.

Before the move:

  • In the days before moving day, gradually move your pets’ food bowls, toys and beds into one room. This will mean on moving day, they’ll feel safe and happy to stay in one room for a few hours, while you’re otherwise engaged with the lifting and moving.
  • If your pets are travelling a distance with you, don’t feed them close to the time you start your journey – especially if they’re prone to travel sickness. Small, regular meals are better than one large one.
  • Using a pheromone diffuser can help your pet feel more relaxed during the move. Pheromones are natural scents that are undetectable to humans, but can help keep your pet calm.
  • All responsible pet owners have their pets microchipped, so make sure your details are up to date with the microchipping company – this can be done online if you have your microchip details, but if in doubt, consult your vet.  If a loved pet escapes or goes awol during the move, it’ll be easier for them to be returned home to their loving family.
  • If you’re using a removal company, make sure they know what room your pet is in. Not everyone will like pets, strange as that may seem to us pet lovers!  And stick a big sign up on the front and back doors, as well as the room your pets are in, just to make sure everybody knows not to leave doors open.

At your new home

  • When you arrive at your new home, put your pet’s toys and bedding into one room along with a piece of clothing that smells of you to help them feel secure.
  • Spend a bit of time amongst the hustle and bustle to be with your pet.
  • Make sure your house is secure before letting your pet explore. Post-it notes are your friend here! Stick them on all the doors so everyone remembers not to leave doors (or windows) open.
  • Cats should be kept indoors for a few weeks to help them become familiar with their new environment, but dogs can be taken out on a lead to explore their new territory and become familiar with new smells around them.

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