Follow our tips to help your furry friend settle into your new home.
Over 8 million Australian households feature a pet, putting us among the world’s greatest animal lovers – and when it comes to moving house, it’s important to show a little extra love.
The 200 mile kitty
Moving can be enormously stressful for pets especially territorial animals like cats. As evidence of this, in 2013 Time magazine reported the story of a skinny tortoiseshell cat that wandered into a Florida yard. Far from being a typical stray, the cat’s microchip revealed that she had returned to her former home after her family had relocated some 200 miles (322 km) away.
With a bit of planning, it’s possible to make the move less stressful for your pets so that they settle in quickly.
Allow easy identification
First and foremost have your cat or dog microchipped and record, or update, your contact details with the Australasian Animal Registry (www.aar.org.au). Be sure your pet is wearing a collar with a tag that provides your name and mobile phone number as well as your pet’s name.
Give moggies time to acclimatise
When it comes to moving cats, the RSPCA recommend travelling kitties in a cat carrier with a blanket or other familiar object for reassurance.
Only release your cat into the new place when all doors and windows are shut – and provide gradual access, one room at a time, until the cat is acclimatised to your new home’s interior. It’s a process that can take several days.
The RSPCA advise keeping the cat inside for at least two weeks so he has time to develop an attachment to his new environment.
Make sure the yard is secure
If you’re moving with a dog, be sure the yard in your new home is completely enclosed and all gates are secure before letting her off the lead in the garden.
Try to stick with normal food and bed routines, and while it may be tempting to toss out the dog’s old bedding, allowing the dog to stick with familiar bed and food/water bowls will help her settle in.
It’s a debate that has been raging for centuries – which is the better pet … are you for team cat or team dog? Voice your support of the meow or the woof below in our comments!
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