Moving is complex. With so many moving parts to juggle, it’s no wonder that many people find it stressful.
When you add pets into the mix, the stress only increases — for both humans and their furry friends. After all, pets don’t understand why their humans are running around, packing familiar items into boxes for hours on end.
The good news is that you can take steps to ease those non-human family members’ moving process. These tips will help you move with pets.
That’s a Crate Idea
If your dog or cat isn’t used to being in a crate, start getting them acclimated well before the move. Riding in a crate isn’t just the best way for pets to travel in a car. It’s also a safe place for them while movers are going in and out of your house.
Begin the acclimation process by placing their food in the crate. Leave the door open so they can go in and out. Move on to feeding them inside with the door closed.
Now that they’re used to the crate start taking them for drives. Start with short rides of about 10 minutes, then gradually work up to longer rides.
Be sure to create a good experience, incorporating praise and the occasional treat. Before long, your pet will make positive associations with the crate. You’ll be ready to keep them safe (and crated) when moving day rolls around.
Keep Calm and Carry On
We understand: Moving can be stressful. It’s stressful for pets, too. Dogs and cats are attuned to your mood, so if you raise your voice, your anxiety can easily rub off on them.
Giving yourself plenty of time to prep for the move can help. Start packing early (days or weeks, if you can) to keep your anxiety level low. Gradual, rather than sudden, changes make it easier for pets to adapt.
A Bag of Their Own
Set aside a special bag just for your pet. Make a list of everything your pet will need for moving day, traveling, and the first few days in your new house.
Set this bag securely aside and make sure it stays with you, rather than going on the moving truck. Your pet’s bag might include:
- Food and treats
- Food and water bowls
- Grooming implements
- Medicine and vaccination records
- Kitty litter and box
- Extra leash and poop bags
If you can, visit your new home and make sure it’s pet-proofed before moving day. That means ensuring that the yard is secure with a fence free of holes. Look for any plants that might be toxic to pets, too.
Inside, tuck away any dangling cords and make sure windows screens are secure. Finally, try to identify potential hiding places in case your furry friends decide to hide out.
Taking these steps in advance can help reduce your stress level — and your pet’s anxiety — on moving day. Keeping these furry family members safe is an essential key to a successful move.
Feels Like Home
When at your new home, avoid letting your pet wander freely to explore the new house. A unique, unfamiliar setting might be overwhelming for them.
Cats might adjust better if placed in a single room to be their home-base. Include their water and food bowls, favorite toys, pet bed, treats, litter box. This will allow them to adjust to their new surroundings slowly. Gradually introduce them to the other rooms of the house when they seem ready.
Dogs might do well on a leash inside at first, eventually moving their comfort items to similar locations as the old house, like the food and water near the back door or dog bed in the family room.
On the Move
Are you preparing for a family move? We can help make yours a smooth transition. Contact us today for a quote.