Moving is a stressful experience. Did you know that 61% of people find that moving is more stressful than getting a divorce?
Now, imagine that you are more than half your size, on four legs, and can’t comprehend your loving owners? How’s that for stress?
To make moving easier for both you and your pet, follow these four moving with pets tips.
We guarantee that your furry friend will appreciate the added effort to improve their transition period.
Prepare Ahead of Time
Whether you are relocating yourself or have hired movers, relocating with pets is tough for anyone.
But, an organized plan and careful arrangements can ease the process.
Here’s is a quick checklist!
- Try not to alter your pet’s routine
- Discuss travel plans with your current veterinarian
- Review the pet laws and regulations in your new area
- Secure a new veterinarian and make plans to update your pet’s tags and chips
- Prepare your pet for a kennel or crate before moving day
A complete plan will help the big day go smoothly for you and your pet.
Gradually Pack Up
It is often easier to take a day or two off to pack up and move everything entirely, but your pet won’t feel the same way.
When moving with animals, patience is your friend. You want to slowly pack up items you are less likely to need for the time being. These items include extra blankets, books, some clothes, and towels.
These small adjustments won’t be as noticeable to your pet.
When packing, you want to keep one room the same and pack everything up on the last day. Keeping your pet in only that room will minimize the chance of your pet stressing out and displaying behavioral issues.
Create an Overnight Kit for Your Pet
Because of the uncertainty of packing and then unpacking, it’s key to have your pets items easily accessible. Create an overnight kit complete with leash, food, bowls, medications, veterinary records, and proof of ownership so that you have it with you during pet transport.
If any emergencies occur while relocating, you can be assured that your pet will be safe. Minus the overnight kit, you may have to search through many boxes to locate your pet’s important items.
Slowly Let Them Adjust
When you first arrive at your new home, place your pet in a smaller room that has their favorite items. This small room can be a spare bedroom or bathroom.
Instead of dropping your animal in the dead center of an unknown area, confine them to a smaller room and let them show you when they are ready to explore the rest of their new home.
New smells in a new environment will be confusing to your pet; you may see a new but temporary stressful side to your furry friend.
Some animals may be comfortable in less than a day while others might take a few days. Every animal is different and letting them make the initiative will be best.
Moving With Pets Overview
Regardless of what type of pet you may have, slowly adjusting them to change is vital. If you make a transition too quickly, your pet may lash out at you.
They may show signs of agitation, they may become less affectionate, and they may even become afraid of you.
Moving with pets may be a process, but by following these suggestions, you are more likely to have an easier transition.
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