It’s a kind of hassle when moving from one home to another. Usually, grownups are busy supervising everything, stress levels are high. Movers walk in and out with all the valuables through narrow doorways and along tight corners. Children keep on running around, often noisy and/or in the way. Although it’s easy to communicate with humans and work together in an organized matter, as with pets, not so much. Moving to a new home is often exciting but can also be stressful for you – and it’s easy to forget how our pets can be affected too. Pets can get nervous and anxious during the moving period. Here are some tips to go:
What to do before the move?
- Leave them in a familiar room and, if possible, with company. Some animals may become anxious or annoyed when they see you pack things because they don’t understand what’s going on.
- Pack your pet’s toys last in line since they’re usually easy to pack. Don’t wash any of their items until well after the move so their scent remains in them.
- Train your pet to get used to a travel crate, most especially if you’re moving on a long distance. Unless you feel safe driving with your pet in the back seat, it will be alright. No matter how you’re travelling, allow your pet plenty of time to adjust to the crate before actual travel.
- Update your pet’s ID tags and microchip with the relevant authority.
- Long distance moves may also require hotel stays with your pet/s.
- If you’re moving over a long distance, find a new vet at your destination beforehand.
What to do during the move
- Long journey ahead of you? Pack a separate bag for your pets that includes their food, pet medications, treats/toys, water and first aid kit. Don’t forget to have a stopover too, for your pet’s bowel movements. If you’re travelling with cats, they can usually go 6 – 8 hours without a litter box. Long distance travel may require you to have disposable litter boxes for use along the way. If they are easily stressed, talk to your vet about medications that can help them to relax for the journey.
- Above all, transporting your pet in a crate or harness in the back seat is always a preferred option. Your trip needs to be safe.
What to do after the move
- Check all fences, doors, and windows to make sure your pet can’t escape.
- Put your pet in a room where they are safe while the movers carry everything inside, unless they are trained to observe them. They are happy to recognize familiar objects. Don’t forget to give them a big hug.
- Unpack your pet’s toys first and place them in a safe area. Put objects in locations similar to where they were in your old home. This will calm them down.
- Walk them around the neighborhood often so your pet gets a sense of their new environment quickly.
- Don’t make sudden changes to schedule or routine in terms of feeding/playtime, etc. as this will increase anxiety.
Your pet is an innocent bystander who doesn’t understand what all the commotion is about. Always keep in mind that safety should come first, and doing as much as possible to increase the comfort level of your pet will not just make it easier on them, but on yourself and your family as well. Having a good plan will help you manage your pet and the move with them much easier.
Source: realtytimes.com, moveoneinc.com, taylorsrelocations.com.au, poppysnewadventure.com
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