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Things You Need to Know When Moving in London With Your Pet

posted: 24th June 2018

dogs with their ownerMoving to a new city, starting a new job and having a new home are all great positive things. London is one of the biggest cities in Europe and the possibilities there are almost endless. If you have decided to move to the capital and build your dream life there, it is normal to want to make your pet a part of it.

Londoners love pets and it is common to stop on the street by a little child asking you to stroke your dog. Unfortunately, when it comes to renting a home, things are not so bright. There will be some difficulties with finding a landlord that will allow you to have a pet in their property. We would like to encourage you to not give up on your dream, so here are some things that you can do in order to find the perfect home for you and your animal friend in London.

How to Prepare Yourself for the Big London Move

Here are some important things that you should think about when moving to London with your pet:

  • Be ready for a long search for the perfect home. It may take anywhere from two-three month to half a year to find a property to rent.
  • The rent will be higher, you have to be ready to pay more in order to find a house in which animals are permitted.
  • Get familiar with all the legalities concerning renting a house in London with a pet.
  • Most landlords are very sceptic when it comes to pets. A good idea is to introduce your animal companion to the future landlord before moving.
  • When signing the tenancy agreement you are allowed to make small changes in order to legalize the stay of your pet. It is a good idea to consult with a lawyer.
  • Search the area in which you are moving to for a new vet, groomer and walking parks.

One thing that you can do to assure your future landlord that your pet is not the next Cujo and it will not destroy their property, is to create a pet CV. You should include the following information:

  • nameDog moving in a new home;
  • age;
  • sex;
  • breed;
  • an image of your pet;
  • microchip number (if it is applicable);
  • description of your pet’s character and behaviour;
  • references from previous landlords;
  • medical profile from your veterinarian including information about vaccines, previous illness and general health condition;
  • information about your daily routine and how long your pet is going to be alone at the home;
  • the contact information of at least one person who can take care of your pet while you are away;

Preparing Your Pet for The Home Move in London

Executing a proper house moving in London with a pet is a bit of a challenge. Bear in mind that you have to start the preparations for the relocation at least a couple of weeks in advance. Depending on the type of pet, you own you can do several things to make the transition less stressful for the animal.


Spend a few hours prior to the moving date to arrange the new house and create a safe doggy corner. Bring some of your pets’ toys and put one of your old shirts there, anything that will give your dog a sense of security and familiarity. If it is possible, take your furry friend to the new place and let it sniff around and introduce it to the surrounding area.

Dogs have a great sense of smell, and it is important to restrain yourself from cleaning the new house for a couple of days after the house moving to London. The well-known smell of the old home will calm and assure the dog.

House moving with a cat


Cats have a strong connection and a sense of ownership when it comes to the place they live in. A house move is a particularly stressful experience for them and you need to be very cautious with its preparation. A good idea is to talk to your vet and ask them for medications that will calm your cat. There are different types of pheromones that can be sprayed in the house, and help the animal feel more secure in its new surroundings. Cats, like dogs, need a safe space in the home, so make sure to arrange a spot for them.


In terms of actual moving, birds are easier than cats and dogs, but they still need specific care. Make sure to provide your feathery friends with a proper carrier for the car ride. It is best to remove all toys for the duration of the transfer and make sure that the door of the cage is properly secured. After arriving at the new home put the cage back to its former condition and place it in a quiet room away from the hassle of the unpacking. Ask in your local pet shop for a specialised food with more minerals that will energise your bird.


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