Moving home with pets

Moving home with pets

For anyone who has ever endured it, moving house definitely has its stresses and your pet is no exception. A new house with new smells in a new place is enough to send even the most laid back dog into a spin. But how can we make moving easier on our pets?

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On the move

Moving house can be a big deal for cats – much of their feeling of security and ability to relax comes from being surrounded by the familiar sights, sounds and scents of their own territory. It is also very stressful for humans too, so some thought and careful planning will ensure it’s a smooth move for everyone.

Planning ahead

There are two options for moving day: booking your cat into a cattery or taking them with you as you move. Which one you choose depends on your own personal preference and your cat’s character, as every cat is different.

Booking your cat into a boarding cattery

If you book your cat into a boarding cattery for a few days, you won’t have to worry about them while you move. This may be the easiest solution for both of you, but you will need to organise it well in advance and make sure your cat’s vaccinations are up to date prior to moving.

Keeping your cat with you

This option requires a bit more planning. What follows is just a guide and, as everyone’s circumstances are different, you may need to alter parts of it to fit your own situation and your cat’s character. First, allocate a room in your home that can be cleared of furniture a week or two before the move. At the same time, decide on a room in the new home where you can put your cat when you get there. Ideally, both rooms should be out of the way so your cat can be left undisturbed for as much of the move as possible. About a week before the big day, start getting your cat used to ‘their’ room. Pop an additional sleeping place, litter tray, cat carrier and blanket in there. You could begin feeding them here too so they become really familiar with their ‘safe place’.

On the evening before the move, move their scratching post, toys and water bowl into the room and shut them in to make sure they don’t go missing. If you have more than one cat, make sure they have separate resources if possible, to help prevent further stress or any toilet accidents. If you know your cats don’t enjoy each other’s company, it may be better to give them separate ‘safe rooms’.

Moving day

If you are taking your cat to a cattery, do this the day before if possible, so they are away from all the commotion. If they are staying at home, keep them in their room, feed them a small meal, make sure they have fresh water, clean the litter tray and shut the door. Once you are ready to leave, you can put them into their carrier and load them into the car along with all of their belongings. Your cat may be less anxious if the carrier is sprayed with the synthetic facial pheromones a few minutes before placing your cat in the carrier. If they are prone to travel sickness it is worth withholding food for three to four hours before the journey.

Once you have arrived at your new home, take them to their secure room with all their familiar bits and pieces. You might also like to give them something that smells of you, like an unwashed item of clothing, to help them settle. Provide them with something to eat, a box or something to hide in, and make sure they have a litter tray. Then close the door and leave your cat alone for a while – tell the removal staff and the rest of the family which room your cat is in so they don’t disturb them or accidentally let them out. You may also want to tack a sign on the door.

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Settling in

It is a good idea to keep your cat in their new room for a few days; it can be overwhelming to have access to the whole of the house straight away. Most cats will let you know when they are ready to venture further and it very much depends on your cat’s individual character. However, when you let them see the rest of the house, make sure that all doors, windows and cat flaps are closed – they’re not ready for the outside world yet! Make sure they always have access to their ‘safe room’ in case they feel the need to retreat.

Going outside

It’s important that your cat feels relaxed and secure in their new house before exploring the great outdoors, if they are an outdoor cat. Some cats go missing shortly after moving house because owners have let their cats go outside too soon. These cats sometimes find their way back to their old houses. Cats should be kept indoors for at least three weeks to allow them time to regard the new house as a secure place and to build up a scent profile to help them find their way back.

If you do let them out:

• Do it just before a mealtime when they are hungry so you can call them back with their favourite food

• Open the door and step outside encouraging your cat to go with you

• Don’t pick them up – let them make the decision to go outside themselves

• Leave the door open so they can run back into the house if they feel insecure

• Only let them out for short periods at first – you can gradually build up the time they are out until you are confident they can come and go as they please

Before letting your cat out, make sure they are microchipped so if they wander off they can be traced easily. If they are already microchipped, don’t forget to change your address details on the central database when you move. Also, don’t forget to register with a new vet, who is likely to request your cat’s veterinary history from your previous practice. If your cat has existing health issues, you may wish to organise this before you move.

Dogs

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One thing that will ease the stress of moving for your dog is if you stay calm. Dogs are so in tune with their owner’s feelings they often pick up on our moods. So even if the removal truck hasn’t arrived yet if you’re antsy, there is a high chance they are too. In these situations, as hard is it may be, you need to keep calm not only for your own sanity, but your pet too. If you stay calm they will also feel calm. If your dog is comfortable at a friend or family members and has been there before, letting your dog spend time away from the stress of moving can help. If you don’t have a suitable babysitter for your dog, taking them for a long walk can relieve the stress of both you and them.

Sticking to Your Usual Routine

As you go about your day to day events, you will have an established routine that you will go about without even realising. Even though you’re moving and keeping a routine is the last thing on your mind, doing this will really help your dog feel more at ease. If possible, try to still find the time to feed your pet and walk them at the same times.

Dogs are really routine animals that feel most comfortable when the same events happen at the same sort of time each day. Keeping your pets in this habit before moving and then continuing it once you have moved will make the transition a lot more bearable for your pet. If you suddenly change the routine your pet could start to fret that something is wrong which can cause anxiety.

When Moving Day Finally Arrives

So now that the packing is complete and you are ready to start the task of unpacking in your new home, it’s time to take the journey with your pet. In advance, you need to have organised transport for your pet if you are unable to transport them with you. Then you need to decide if a travel crate or other equipment are needed. If the journey is long, make sure the route is planned out and you stop to offer your dog water and to stretch his legs and relieve himself if needed. Once you arrive at your new home, allow your dog time to settle and become accustomed to the surroundings before moving them straight in. Put their bed and toys in a quiet corner so they can have the familiar scent of their old home. Settle back in the routine as much as you can so your dog starts to feel at ease. Reassure them as much as possible.

Try not to leave your dog for too long on their own until they are fully settled as this can cause anxiety. Be aware that when some dogs become stressed from moving they can urinate to mark their territory and some will chew furniture or carpets. Keep an eye on your dog and their behaviour if you are worried about your dog chewing allow them to have a quiet corner and limit the furniture in that room. Provide your dog with lots of things that it can chew such as bones and toys. Keeping items of familiar scent close to your dog can also deter marking their territory.

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Getting External Help if You Need It

If you have moved your dog before and you are really concerned, speak to your vet who may be able to discuss medical options to help ease the stress for your dog over this time. The pet market is full of items that claim to help reduce stress in your dog. Like anything, the results vary from pet to pet, but look at reviews and speak to other people who have had experience with these products, as some work for some dogs where as they don’t for others. There are certain anxiety drops, sprays and even diffusers that you can start to use a few weeks before you move with your pet.

No Matter What Any Type of Change Takes Time

Remember that for you, settling in can take a huge amount of time. Even you will find you keep switching the wrong switch for the lights or opening the wrong cupboards; adjusting to new surroundings doesn’t happen overnight. For your pet, the change is so much bigger and so much scarier. Allow your pet time to settle and understand that they may become quiet or not act quite like themselves. Just follow your routine, give them space and offer reassurance to help them settle in. Allow everything to happen slowly and allow your pet time to adjust and take everything at his pace.

If your pet becomes excessively subdued and doesn’t perk up after a few days speak to your vet or other professional to check your them if needed. Moving is ranked one of the most stressful events in our lives, so it’s no wonder that after that rollercoaster you and your pet might feel slightly out of sorts. The most important this is to stay relaxed and in your routine. Some pets need space, where as some like extra attention; following their lead is best and once you have all settled in, you will be happy families again!

New build apartments in Newton Kyme!

New build apartments in Newton Kyme!

Get the best of both city and rural life at our new build apartments on the prestigious Papyrus Works development. Located in the peaceful village of Newton Kyme in Tadcaster, you’ll be just 30 minutes from both Leeds and York city centres.

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The properties

We are offering a selection of 1 and 2 bedroom apartments on this stunning new development, which offer modern living in a beautiful village location.

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In all of the apartments, there is a bright and spacious open plan living area, with plenty of room for dining table and chairs. Each stylish kitchen comes complete with oven/hob and extractor fan. The house bathrooms are fitted with a white three-piece suite including shower over bath, and all apartments feature additional storage space in the hallway.

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In the one bedroom apartments, there are spacious double bedrooms fitted with carpet, whilst the two bedroom apartments comprise of one double and one single bedroom, with the master bedrooms benefitting from an ensuite shower room with WC. As well as all of this, each household will be given an on site parking space.

The location

These stunning new build apartments are located on the prestigious Papyrus Works development by Redrow, in the village of Newton Kyme near Tadcaster. Whilst enjoying the peace and quiet of rural living, the development is located just half an hour from both Leeds and York city centres, as well as the stunning towns of Harrogate and Selby.

The development is located next to Newton Kyme Hall and St Andrew’s Church, and close to the River Wharfe with stunning countryside views. The village has a great community spirit and is an ideal place for families. Newton Kyme has great transport links, being easily accessible via the A1 and A64, and with regular bus services to nearby towns and cities. There is also a train station just 10 minutes away in Ulleskelf.

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Closer by is the town of Tadcaster, which offers a range of local amenities just 5 minutes away. Here you’ll find a number of shops, pubs, eateries and a leisure centre. About 10 minutes to the west of Newton Kyme is the town of Boston Spa, which also offers a range of amenities including several schools, a library and excellent restaurants such as Stew & Oyster.

For a fun family day out or weekend away, the Howardian Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is a 50 minute drive, Hull just over an hour, the Yorkshire Dales National Park 90 minutes, and the seaside town of Bridlington just 1 hour 20 minutes!

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Where to live in York: City & suburbs

Where to live in York: City & suburbs

The incredible city of York is undeniably one of the best cities in Yorkshire, offering a mix of history, culture, style and entertainment. Whatever your interests, you’ll never be bored in this vibrant city. And when it comes to finding somewhere to live, whether you want city centre or the suburbs, we have something for everyone.

City centre 

Caesar Court

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Located just outside the city walls, 5 minutes from the train station, this stylish 1 bedroom apartment just off Moss Street, provides the perfect city centre pad. The property has a spacious lounge with patio doors that lead out onto the private patio area, and modern kitchen complete with oven/hob, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer and dishwasher. The spacious double bedroom is fitted with carpet and the beautifully-finished bathroom is fitted with a white three-piece suite including shower over bath.

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Nearby: Train station, city walls, Rowntree Park, Jorvik Spice, Lo Spuntino, The Bay Horse, Reel Cinema, Pig & Pastry, Melton’s, Stables Yoga Centre.

Jacob Court

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If you want to be literally right in the heart of York city centre, this 1 bedroom apartment in Jacob Court just off Micklegate is perfect for you. The apartment boasts: a modern kitchen with white goods, spacious living area with a large private balcony and under-floor heating. The double bedroom also has access to the balcony, and the bathroom includes shower over bath.

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Nearby: Jacob’s Well, The Rock of York, The Falcon Tap, Skosh, Nags Head, The Rattle Owl, Gulp and Graze, Micklegate Bar Museum, Fibbers.

Suburbs

Maplehurst Avenue

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If you’re looking to live away from the hustle and bustle of the city, but still want to be within easy reach, this 2 bedroom apartment is just 10 minutes from the centre. The property provides a separate living area and separate kitchen which features integrated appliances including oven/hob, fridge/freezer and washer/dryer. There are two bedrooms, a house bathroom and on site parking available.

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Nearby: Joseph Rowntree Theatre, The Jam Factory Studios, Bowls Park, River Foss, Jaipur Spice, Goodfillers cafe, Greenfields Community Garden.

Runswick House

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Situated between Heworth and Huntington is a modern 2 bedroom apartment in the Runswick House development. The property makes the most of open-plan living with a spacious lounge/kitchen complete with white goods. The two bedrooms offer plenty of storage space, and the bathroom features a white three-piece suite. You can also take advantage of the on site parking.

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Nearby: Heworth Golf Club, York MotorSports Village, Monks Cross Shopping Park, The Nags Head, The Walnut Tree.

Creating the perfect bedroom

Creating the perfect bedroom

When it comes to your bedroom, creating a space that is cosy and calming helps to promote relaxation and a better nights sleep. With March being National Bed Month, its the perfect time to re-think your bedroom and create your own personal sanctuary!

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Getting the right mattress is one of the most important things in your bedroom. Make sure you get one that’s comfortable, supportive and right for you. Mattresses should be changed every 8-10 years. Adding a mattress cover will make your bed even more soft and comfy.

Choosing thicker curtains will help to keep your room darker at night for a better sleep, and dimmer switches, lamps or fairy lights will help to you create the right brightness. Getting the balance between warm and cool temperature of your bedroom is also really important.

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Having a place to sit other than on your bed makes sure you have separate spaces for sleeping and for relaxing. Placing a night stand by your bed means you’ll have all your essentials to hand. But a cluttered night stand results in a cluttered mind; just have essentials such as a drink and a book etc to keep your bed a relaxing space.

The main things to avoid in your bedroom are technology, clutter and pets. Keeping pets and technology out of the bedroom will help you sleep better, and ensuring there’s no mess or clutter helps you feel more relaxed.

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– Comfort –

Comfort is key, especially in your bedroom. Cushions and throws are a simple yet effective way to make your bed really cosy and inviting. Be careful not to overload though, you don’t want 10 minutes of tidying every time you get into bed! Carpets are great for bedrooms to create a cosy feel, but if you have wooden flooring try putting down a soft rug to take the hard edge off.

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When it comes to bedding, have sheets that are nice and soft. Opt for lighter coloured bedding and more subtle prints for a more relaxing feel. There’s also nothing better then clean sheets; make sure to wash them every couple of weeks. And don’t forget that duvets and pillows need washing regularly too!

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 – Decor –

Choosing a theme will create a consistent look throughout your bedroom, which helps to create a calming space. So whatever your style and preferences, have a focus when decorating.

Lighter colours are ideal for the bedroom, with pale blue being noted as the best bedroom colour due to its calming effects. But any light, soft colours will help to make your bedroom feel more spacious and relaxing.

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 Adding personal touches to your room such as special ornaments and mementos will make it feel like your own space. However, its best to steer clear from family photos in your bedroom, and choose art work instead that creates a calming effect for you.

Nature is a proven way to make us feel calmer and is actually great for our health and wellbeing; add in some natural textures and house plants. As well as the visual and touch aspects, create a calming scent with reed diffusers in natural fragrances such as lavender and sandalwood.

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Living in Sherburn in Elmet

Living in Sherburn in Elmet

Do you want a rural family home where you have access to two of the best cities in Yorkshire? This new build, three bedroom home in the village of Sherburn in Elmet is just 30 minutes from both Leeds and York.

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This stunning new build home is set over three floors, with a spacious, separate lounge on the ground floor, fitted with carpet and featuring an under the stairs storage cupboard. Through a small hallway, which features a downstairs WC, is the modern kitchen/diner, complete with oak effect units as well as oven/hob and extractor fan. This space has enough room for a dining table and chairs, and boasts a set of French doors that open out into the private rear garden.

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On the first floor are two spacious bedrooms, one double and one single, as well as the house bathroom, fitted with a white three-piece suite including shower over bath. The large master bedroom is located on the second floor, and includes two built in cupboards and two stunning skylights. The property is fitted with carpets throughout, and benefits from off-street parking.

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Location

This stunning home is located on the new Ceretic Park development situated in the village of Sherburn in Elmet, just a 30 minute drive from both Leeds and York city centres, giving you the best of rural and city life. You’ll be just a short walk from the centre of the village which has its own train station, several schools and a great range of shops and eateries, making it the perfect place for families to call home.

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Sherburn in Elmet is also a short drive from the town of Selby which offers an even wider selection of local amenities, and is under 20 minutes from Castleford, home to the amazing Xscape centre. Also close to the development is the Sherburn Willows Nature Reserve, perfect for a family day out. The village is perfect for commuters, being located a short distance from the A1 and M1, and also has great train and bus links.

  • Selby – 20 mins
  • Castleford – 20 mins
  • Leeds – 30 mins
  • York – 30 mins
  • Wakefield – 30 mins
  • Harrogate – 45 mins
  • Hull – 1 hour

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Give your home a spring update!

Give your home a spring update!

Refreshing your home for spring doesn’t have to mean spending loads of money, and realistically nobody repaints their home for every season. With just a few cheap and simple updates, you can say goodbye to the cold, dark winter months, and welcome spring into your home!

Texture trends

If you’re looking to buy new accessories to update your home for the new season, then try copper, marble and acrylic, the biggest trends this spring. Copper adds a warm but modern touch, while marble offers a sleek feel, and acrylic makes your space feel bigger and fresher.

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Colour palette

Spring is all about pastels and bright colours to mimic the lighter days and flourishing new plants and flowers. Lavender and mint  fit with the pastel trend without being too sickly, and if you prefer more subtle colours go for creamy neutrals. Yellows and greens are also perfect for spring.

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Lighter fabrics

Switch out your thick bedding, throws and curtains for less heavy fabrics to help let the light in, and opt for soft, lighter colours to give a fresh feel and open up your space. You can still use throws to create a cosy feel, but choose ones with more vibrant prints.

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Nature

Spring is the time of year when new life is beginning, so bring this idea into your home with lots of greenery and fresh flowers. If buying new furniture pieces, go for wood and earthy textures. Choose house plants that are easy to maintain such as the snake plant of rubber plant. If you don’t want real flowers and plants, decorate with accessories in floral and leafy patterns.

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Fresh scents

Don’t just think about the visual aspects, scents can play an important role when giving your home a spring update. Having house plants and flowers will create natural scents in your home, but to give them a boost try placing reed diffusers in floral and citrus scents around your home.

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Hygge

The latest home interiors trend is hygge (hue-gah) which is a Danish word which went applied in the context of your home means to ‘decorate cosy, live simply’. Whatever makes you feel cosy, whether its cushions and throws or strings of fairy lights, add these to your home along with a more simple approach to home decor to avoid clutter and create a calming environment.

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Find your perfect one bedroom apartment in Yorkshire

Find your perfect one bedroom apartment in Yorkshire

If you and your partner are feeling all loved up after Valentine’s Day and thinking of moving in together, we have a range of one bedroom apartments in Leeds, York and Halifax.

Caesar Court, York

Do you an your partner dream of living in the beautiful city centre of York? This stylish one bedroom apartment is located just minutes from York train station, whilst still being within a peaceful area. Being on the ground floor, you’ll benefit from having a lovely private patio area.

Price: £700pcm | £350pcm each

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Mansion Gate, Leeds

Are you looking for a one bedroom apartment close to Leeds city centre? We have an amazing property within a popular development in the vibrant suburb of Chapel Allerton. The apartment boasts a spacious lounge with French doors, newly refurbished kitchen and bathroom, and on site parking.

Price: £675pcm | £337.50pcm each

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Barwick Place, Newton Kyme

Do you love Leeds city centre but prefer to live in the peaceful suburbs? Then this new build, one bedroom apartment in Newton Kyme is perfect for you. Located near Tadcaster and just 30 minutes from Leeds city centre, you’ll get the best of city and rural life.

Price: £520pcm | £260pcm each

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Sommerville Mews, Pudsey 

Located in the up and coming suburb of Pudsey between Leeds and Bradford, this one bedroom flat benefits from being within walking distance of shops, parks and the train station. The apartment features all white goods, a built in double wardrobe, and on site parking.

Price: £500pcm | £250pcm each

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Opus Point, Halifax

Situated in the perfect commuter town with easy access to Leeds, Bradford, Huddersfield, Wakefield and Manchester, this apartment is ideal for young working professionals. The property has many great features including white goods, dishwasher, breakfast bar, fitted wardrobe and allocated parking.

Price: £475pcm | £237.50pcm each

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Lakeside Walk, Rawdon

A beautiful one bedroom apartment in Rawdon, located between Horsforth and Yeadon. This picturesque location is perfect for those who love the nature, with Larkfield Dam just a short walk away. The ground floor flat features a small front garden, re-modelled kitchen, stunning fireplace and parking.

Price: £475pcm | £237.50pcm each

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