Moving can be stressful. You have to spend time packing and unpacking, cleaning out your previous home, and transporting things back and forth. If you think that your move is stressful, just imagine how your pets feel when you have to move. All of the change can be scary for any cat or dog, so you need to do what you can to make things less stressful for your pet. If you’re going to be moving with your pet soon, make sure that you follow these tips.
Before the Move
Think about how your new home environment will affect your pet: When you move, you should try to think of how your home will be seen from the perspective of your pet. Does your home have enough room for your pets to run free? Does your home have windowsills and other areas where your cat can climb and relax? Scope out your home before you move in and see what changes you can make to make your pet feel more comfortable.
Get them used to the sight of boxes: Most pets don’t handle change very well, so you should try getting them accustomed to seeing boxes around the house. Leave a few boxes around your home so your pets get used to seeing them there. Some people also find that it’s useful to leave pets in the room they plan to pack last so that they have a familiar place to spend time in.
During the Move
Go about business as usual: If you want your pet to stay calm during the move, try to stick to their regular “schedule” as much as possible. Continue to feed them and walk them at the same time every day so that they still have a sense of normalcy.
Get a pet sitter: If it’s possible, you should consider sending your pets to stay at a friend’s house during the move so that they don’t get in the way. If you can’t leave them somewhere else, leave them in a secure room during the move. If you have friends or relative nearby, ask them to keep your pet company during the move. A familiar and friendly face can help put them at ease.
Take a picture: Use your cellphone to take a picture of your pet before you move. In case they happen to get out during the move, you’ll have a picture you can show people so that they can identify your missing pet.
After the move
Get a checkup
: Stress can have strange effects on your pet, so it wouldn’t hurt to have them checked out after you relocate. Take them to the vet and make sure that they’re healthy and caught up on their shots. Make sure they have had all of their preventative treatments, and that you have their medications like heartgard for cats
or a flea and tick treatment for your dog handy and not buried too deeply among all your boxes to unpack.
Dote on them: Your pets are going to need some downtime after you relocate, so make sure to spend a little extra time with them. Give them some treats or reward them with a new toy, and be sure to give them some extra attention.