The Investing In London Team does all that we can to make the buying and selling of your home as seamless as possible. While we do all that we can to help you, moving can be stressful on pets! When being introduced to their new home, pets can be overwhelmed with the new environments full of new scents and unknowns.

Here are some tips and considerations to help your pet settle safely into their new home!

1. Consider having your new home deep cleaned by a professional. This benefits you as well as your pet. A lot of pets are sensitive to the smell of other animals that the previous owner may have had.

2. Check the environment for any plants that may be poisonous or cause allergic reactions in pets. There are a number of plants that are dangerous for pets to ingest and some are more common than you may think; tiger lilies, lily of the valley, aloe vera, ivy, sago palm, tulips bulbs, and of course marijuana.

3. Look around and note any possible danger areas in your home. This may include uncovered vents that cats can crawl into, cabinets that are accessible and contain poisonous chemicals, or loose wires/ropes hanging around that may be a choking hazard.

4. You may want to put out packing boxes a week before you start packing. Some pets can be very aware of slight environmental changes and will figure out that something is going on and help to calm some of their anxiety.

5. Try to stick to your regular pet routine if you can. This means walks, feedings, playtime all at the usual scheduled times.

6. If you are moving some distance and are planning to stop, plan ahead as you cannot leave your pet in a hot car.

7. Take your pet for a walk in the new neighbourhood, if possible, a few times before you actually move. This will help to ease the transition and get them ready for the new environment and all of the new scents.

8. Ensure that you pack their necessities so that they are easily accessible and ensure that you set out their food, cat litter, toys, bedding if you bring them before you have unpacked your own items.

9. If possible move your own items first and unpack before bringing your pet.

10. If you are moving a good distance from your current vet, make sure you look up reviews online or ask your current vet if they have a recommendation for a vet in your new neighbourhood. Ensure that any prescriptions or records are available to your new veterinarian to prevent any issues when they are needed.

11. If you can, have your pet in a quiet room while you unpack or leave them with a friend for the day while you unpack. This way they are able to focus on adjusting without all the extra chaos of having new people around.

12. If you can, make sure your pet goes to the new home in your vehicle or one that they are used to.

13. Make sure your pet has a collar and update the information on it, as well as their microchip, if it includes your address or phone number. This way, if your pet runs off or gets out, it can safely find its way home.

14. If you have an outdoor cat, allow it to acclimate to your new home for a few days before allowing it to roam.

15. This one seems like an obvious one, but ensure you show your cat where there new litter box location will be.

16. Fish are very sensitive to changes in their environment. If you are moving over a long distance, it may be in your best interest to give your pet fish away to a friend. Over a short distance, however, you may have success by placing them in a bag filled with their old tank water.

If you love them like family, you’ve got to do what you can to make sure your new home feels like their new home too!