Moving involves lots of time, effort and plenty of stress. Adding pets to the mix can make it even more nerve-racking. If you are anxious about moving to a new place, just imagine how your pet(s) feel! Here are some helpful tips to help make your move a bit calmer for your beloved companion(s).
- Before you move, pack an easily-accessible overnight bag for your pet. Fill it with enough food, toys, and cat litter to sustain your pet and keep them comfortable during those first initial days of unpacking.
- Moving involves plenty of noise and unfamiliar sounds and smells. For an animal, these things can be very scary. During your move, the best way to reduce stress on your pet(s) is to leave them at a kennel or friend’s house. If this isn’t an option for you, the next best thing is to keep them in the quietest area possible. Try an empty bedroom with the door closed or inside their carrier inside the garage, any location that will keep them away from all of the moving ruckus. Be sure to check on them regularly, as well as feed and walk them at a time you usually would. Just as people like a routine, so do pets.
- During the drive from your old home to the new one, keep your pets inside their carrier. You may even want to throw a blanket over the carrier so your pet(s) can’t see the environment changing outside. Stressed and in a new neighborhood, animals can easily get lost outside, so when arriving at your destination, always keep them in their carrier until they are safely inside your home.
- Adjusting to a new place takes time, especially for pets, so go for the slow and steady approach to reduce stress. If possible, move all of your belongings to your new home before moving your pet. To introduce your pet to your new home, start by confining them to a certain room. This will allow them to slowly adjust to their surroundings. Giving your pet lots of attention and providing them with familiar objects as soon as possible will help them adjust much quicker to the new digs.
- After you move, be sure to update all pet tags and microchip information with your new address and contact info.
- Traveling by air or internationally? Before you head to the airport, be sure to check all rules and regulations far in advance. Also, remember to bring along all of your pet’s special travel documents.
- Pulling an all-night packing extravaganza isn’t good for anyone – especially your pet(s). Try to pack over a long period of time so your pet(s) think everything is normal and their stress level will stay down. Moving with cats? Break out their carriers several weeks before your move; this will help eliminate the risk of them fleeing the scene and leaving you searching for them.
- When your move is finally complete, don’t let your pet(s) roam around your new neighborhood. Keep them on a lease until they become adjusted to their new surroundings.
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