Although they might not have to deal with what we have to when buying or selling a property, but moving home can be just as stressful for animals as it is for humans. Cats and dogs, in particular, can find a relocation difficult, with new smells, new rooms and new routines making their lives a challenge.\n\nLuckily, there are steps you can take to make the move a little easier on your furry friends. With just a little bit of extra planning, you can dramatically reduce the amount of stress they experience and make your relocation plain sailing all around.\n\n\nOur friends at Abels - the removal company, are offering one lucky Your Move customer the chance to win a house moving service, see below for more information.\n\n\nKeep your routine\n\nWith all that packing and organising, your routine can easily go out of the window. As routine is very important for animals, especially dogs, it’s important that you try to stick as close to your established habits as possible. Feed and walk your dog as normal and try to put a little bit of time aside during the day to play with them as this will help to reassure your pet and keep them calm. Set your pet’s bed, water bowl and litter tray up as soon as possible when you arrive in your new property so they know they’re staying put.\n\nHire professional movers\n\nHiring a professional removal company for your home move will help the process to go as quickly and as smoothly as possible. Not only will professionals be able to get your house packed up quickly and efficiently, but they’ll also free you up to focus on your pet while the move is underway. Make sure you select reliable movers with a good reputation to ensure your move goes without a hitch.\n\nBy putting a little extra thought into the logistics of your move, you can minimise the stress to your animals and make the event as quick and easy as possible.\n\nKeep them contained\n\nWhether you hire professional movers or not, there will be a lot of coming and going as you pack your boxes, load up your van and start the moving process. To help minimise disruption to your animal, keep them in one room and leave that room undisturbed for as long as possible. Move your pet to your new home before you pack up the last room – that way they will experience minimal disruption and be able to start settling into their new pad.\n\nSend them on holiday\n\nSome animals, cats, in particular, will find it less stressful to be sent to a cattery for the duration of the move. Removing them from your home before the packing begins, and bringing them home once everything is done, will prevent your pet from suffering any unnecessary stress and give you one less thing to worry about as you pack.\n\n\nWin!\n\nOur friends at Abels - the removal company, are offering one lucky Your Move customer the chance to win a house moving service. Simply instruct Your Move to sell your home before 04 November to be entered into the free prize draw.\n\n\n\n\nClosing date 04 November 2019\n\nTerms and Conditions apply.