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tips to help you prepare your pet for the move


  • Give yourself and your pet as much time as you can to gradually build up the amount of time your pet spends indoors. Consider leaving your pet inside when you leave the house or when you go to sleep. Look to build up and combine these times until your pet is spending virtually no unsupervised time outdoors.

  • Keep in mind that most cats can readily adapt to living indoors; in fact indoor cats have a longer lifespan, suffer fewer injuries and accidents, and are less of a threat to native birds and animals. Cats love a warm, cosy place to sleep, so consider using a heated pad to help entice them to stay indoors. More information on creating a pet-friendly space can be found in the greatoutdoors...or not section and information on safe outdoor access for cats can be found in the common problems section.

  • When you first start training your dog to spend more time indoors, without access to outdoor areas, consider developing a pet support network. Friends and family may be willing to call in during the day, check on your dog, and even take him out for a quick toilet break until he becomes used to the situation. Also consider looking into online pet networks in your area where you can swap pet favours with others who may be in a similar situation.

  • If your pet is used to being fed outside but will have to eat inside at your new premises, make that adjustment before you move. Try to accustom your pet to being fed in a similar area to wherever you plan to locate the food and water bowls in your new home.

  • If possible, find out where you can walk your dog before you move and walk the dog there a few times before the move so your dog is familiar with the area.

  • To help reduce stress associated with the actual move, ask your vet about using feline or canine pheromone diffusers in the house. Use them before you leave and plug them in for a few days in the new house before the pet arrives. Also reward your pet for being calm and be sure to downplay or ignore any anxious responses. Click here to download more information on moving house with your pet.

  • Update your pet’s registration/microchip details by contacting your local council and/or the microchip database register, so that if your pet does stray they have your new address and are able to contact you.