Pet Care Hints & Tips

Moving home or going on holiday?

Moving Home

Making sure that the big move is not made into a big deal for your pet.

Venturing outdoors after the move

Dogs

When exercising your dog, make sure that you keep them on a lead for the first few walks until both you and the dog become aware of the area. Ensure that you update the collar tag so that if your pet does become lost, you can be re-united. Wearing this is also a legal requirement.

In preparation, especially if you are not moving far away, it may be wise to let the new residents of your old house know that you have a dog and there is the concern that the dog may go back to their house.

Cats

Cats will need to be kept indoors for around two weeks so that they do not try to go back to their old home. When the time comes to allow the cat outside, it is important to do this under supervision or on a lead. If you withhold meals, it is also easier to get the cat to come back into the house as they will be ready for some food. Over time your cat will become used to the new surroundings and will come back.

As soon as you move make sure that you have updated the collar and tag, so that you can be re-united quickly. If your cat has a microchip, make sure that you let the chipping company know of your change of address.

Speak to the new residents of your old house and let them know that you have a cat who might venture back to their address (particularly if you have only moved a few miles away); they should know not to leave food out for the cat as they will become used to going to the old address at meal times or for a snack. This would add to the length of time in which it takes your cat to become used to their new surroundings.

Holidays

Boarding, pet sitters or a holiday for your pet too? Decisions, decisions.