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Moving-In Tips for Pet Owners Relocating to UK

Published on: May 22, 2019  |  Author: Starwood Animal Transport

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Getting settled into a new home can be lots of fun, even though it’s definitely a lot of work, too. You get to decide how to arrange the furniture in your new space. Where to hang your pictures, and which cabinet should hold the coffee cups. When your family includes a pet, you also have to decide where their stuff should go. And that decision is a bigger deal than you might think.

Relocating overseas is stressful, especially for dogs and cats. At least you had some idea what to expect when you learned you were moving to the UK. Pets don’t know what to think. There are several steps you can take to help your girl Pixie prepare for her move, but even so she will worry. Moving in is your chance to show her that all is well – or will be soon. How can you do that?

Make the space your own

First, do a pet-proofing reconnaissance tour of your new digs. Whether it’s a flat in London or a cottage on the moors, you want to be sure Pixie will be safe and secure. Look for potential hazards and hidey-holes. Particularly if Pixie is a cat or a very small dog, it’s all too easy for exploring pets to get hurt or stuck somewhere. And you certainly don’t want her to escape!

Once you’re sure Pixie will be secure, help her claim her new space by unpacking her belongings right away. Set up her food and water station (and her litter box, if she’s a cat) immediately, in similar locations to how things were before, if that’s possible. Pull out her favorite bed so she has a familiar, cozy place to rest and watch you unpack. Toys and treats will help her settle in, too.

If Pixie is a dog, she will have to go outside at some point. Identify where you want her to do her business, then leash her up and take her directly there. Be consistent so she learns where the proper spot is.

You can’t stay home forever

One of the best ways to do adjust after a major relocation is to get out there and start making new friends. That goes for Pixie as well as you. Note that, while England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland may be similar to the US in many ways, you’re still in for some surprising culture shocks. But the more you explore, the faster you’ll get the hang of things and start to feel right at home.

Is Pixie a canine? Well, join a social dog walking group or two. There are lots of great groups you can check out, in cities and towns through the UK. If Pixie is a cat (or moggy, as many Brits call their kitties), you can find social meetup groups for cat lovers as well.

Outfit her with updated ID

Pixie will need new tags that show your UK contact information. And, even though she has a microchip, you’ll need to re-register her with a British directory. Here at Starwood, we also recommend you register her with Global Pet Register. GPR is the only microchip registry that operates internationally, so if you and Pixie travel outside the UK and become separated, anyone will still be able to find your contact information.

Make it all about her

Yes, you have a lot on your mind. Unpacking, getting your personal life organized, figuring out how to get around and where to shop. But Pixie needs and deserves maximum attention to feel reassured. So as you go about your moving-in tasks, let her participate as much as possible. And set aside times to focus entirely on her. Playing, walks, cuddles, and just hanging out on the couch (wherever you decided to put it) will do more than anything else to help Pixie move in comfortably.

Before you know it you’ll discover that you and Pixie have both become bona fide Brits.

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