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Moving with pets

Moving with pets can be a delightful yet challenging experience. Watson European understands the importance of a smooth transition for your furry friends. We offer a comprehensive guide to ensure a stress-free move for both you and your beloved pets.

Moving with pets

Moving with Pets: Making Relocation Stress-Free with Watson European

Preparing for Moving Day

Prepare your pet for moving day by ensuring their essentials are ready: water, food, their favourite toys, and a familiar blanket or bed for comfort.

Safety Precautions for Doors and Windows

Secure doors and windows to prevent your pets from escaping. Keep them confined in a safe and secure area while the move is in progress.

Keeping Cats Indoors

For cats, keeping them indoors before and during the move ensures their safety and minimizes the risk of escape or stress from the changes.

Moving Day Arrangements for Pets

Arrange a quiet and calm area for your pets on moving day, away from the hustle and bustle, to keep them relaxed and stress-free.

Pet-Friendly Transportation

Choose pet-friendly transportation for long journeys. Ensure proper ventilation, space, and comfort for your cat or dog during travel.

Food and Water Provisions

Provide sufficient food and water for your pets during the journey. Carry their essentials and avoid any sudden changes in their diet.

Litter Trays and Waste Management

For cats or small animals, provide litter trays and manage waste disposal regularly during the trip or at rest stops.

Pet Identification and Records

Ensure your pets are properly identified with tags or microchips. Keep their medical records handy for emergencies during travel.

Familiarize Pets with Car Travel

If possible, acclimate your pets to car travel before the move. Short trips can help them adjust to the experience.

Accompanying Pets on Long Distances

Accompany your pets during long journeys, offering them comfort and reassurance amidst the changes.

Professional Advice for Pet Transport

Seek professional advice if considering professional pet transport services. Ensure they are reputable and pet-friendly.

Introducing Pets to New Home

Once at your new residence, slowly introduce your pets to the new environment. Allow them to explore gradually and become comfortable.

Consulting a Vet before the Move

Consult your vet before moving. Ensure your pets are healthy and up-to-date with vaccinations and medications.

Pet-Friendly Accommodation

When choosing a new home, consider pet-friendly accommodation that suits your pets’ needs and comfort.

Hiring Pet Sitters or Services

Hire pet sitters or services if necessary, especially during the chaos of the moving day, to ensure your pets’ well-being.

Exercising Pets Before Travel

Exercise your pets before travel to help them relax during the journey and expend excess energy.

Friends or Family Member Assistance

Enlist the help of a friend or family member to watch over your pets during the move, offering them familiarity and comfort.

Goodbye Visit to Old Home

Consider a goodbye visit to your old home with your pets, allowing them to bid farewell and reduce anxiety.

Reassuring Pets with Familiar Items

Provide familiar items in your new home, such as their bed or toys, to reassure your pets in the new environment.

Gradual Adjustment Period

Allow your pets a gradual adjustment period in the new home, giving them time to adapt to the new space.

Coping with Stress in Pets

Observe signs of stress in your pets and take measures to alleviate it, ensuring their mental and emotional well-being.

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Building a Routine in New Home

Establish a routine in the new home for your pets, maintaining regular feeding and walking schedules.

Patience in the Adaptation Process

Be patient during the adaptation process. Offer comfort and support to help your pets settle in the new environment.

Recognizing Pet Anxiety

Recognize signs of pet anxiety and address them promptly through calming techniques or professional advice.

Behavioural Changes

Be attentive to behavioural changes in your pets, including excessive barking, whining, pacing, or other unusual behaviours that may indicate stress.

Eating and Drinking Patterns

Monitor your pets’ eating and drinking habits. Changes in appetite or unusual drinking patterns could signal stress.

Hiding or Seeking Solitude

Pets might seek out hiding spots or isolate themselves more than usual, which could be a sign of discomfort in the new environment.

Excessive Grooming or Scratching

Excessive grooming or scratching, especially in the absence of fleas or ticks, can be a sign of stress in cats and dogs.


Increased vocalization, such as excessive meowing or barking, might indicate your pet’s attempt to communicate stress or discomfort.

Aggression or Fearful Reactions

Unusual aggression or fearful reactions, especially towards family members or other pets, could be a sign of stress.

Potty Accidents

Pets might have accidents inside the house, particularly if they are typically well-trained, indicating stress or anxiety.

Physical Symptoms

Physical symptoms such as panting, trembling, or restlessness could be signs of distress in pets.

Respiratory Changes

Keep an eye on respiratory changes or irregular breathing patterns in your pets, which might be stress-related.

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Seeking Reassurance

Pets may seek more attention, comfort, or reassurance from their owners during a move as they adjust to the new surroundings.

Consistent Routine and Familiarity

Maintain a consistent routine and offer familiarity to help your pets feel more at ease and reduce anxiety.

Interactive Toys and Play

Engage pets with interactive toys or play sessions to distract and ease any anxious feelings.

Gradual Introduction to New People

Gradually introduce your pets to new people or other pets, ensuring they feel safe and comfortable in the new social environment.

Training and Behavioral Modification

If behavioural issues persist, consider professional training or behavioural modification for your pets.

Creating Safe Spaces

Designate safe spaces within your new home for your pets to retreat to when feeling anxious.

Comforting Scents and Items

Use comforting scents or items, such as blankets or toys with familiar smells, to reassure your pets.

Professional Consultation

If pet anxiety continues or worsens, seek advice from a veterinarian or animal behaviourist for further guidance.

Medication Consideration

In severe cases of anxiety, consider medication prescribed by a veterinarian as a short-term solution.

Holistic Approaches

Explore holistic approaches such as calming pheromone products or natural remedies to reduce stress in pets.

Time and Patience

Provide your pets with time and patience to adapt to the new environment, offering comfort and understanding.

Creating a Calm Environment

Establish a calm and serene atmosphere in your new home, reducing loud noises or disruptive elements.

Celebrating Positive Behaviors

Praise and reward positive behaviours in your pets to encourage a sense of security and familiarity.

Encouraging Exercise and Play

Encourage regular exercise and playtime to alleviate stress and help your pets feel more at ease.

Conclusion: Pet-Friendly Moving with Watson European

At Watson European, we understand the significance of a stress-free move for your pets. By considering these factors and seeking our guidance, your move will not only be comfortable for you but also a positive experience for your furry companions. Helping pets transition seamlessly is our priority, ensuring they feel at home in your new residence.

Recognizing and addressing pet anxiety during a move is essential for your pets’ well-being. By considering these additional factors and taking appropriate measures, Watson European aims to ensure your pets’ comfort and happiness in your new home. We are committed to ensuring your pets feel secure, relaxed, and at home as they adapt to their new surroundings.