Preparing Your Pets for a Move

Organizing a move when you have furry friends to take into consideration can be a daunting ordeal for both yourself and your pets. It’s important to have a plan in place for moving your pets that will cause them the least amount of distress. Below are some ways to make the preparations and transition easier for you and your pets.

 

Where to Move?

 

When choosing the location of your new home, it’s important to select an area that will be safe and stress-free for your pets. If your animals are sensitive to loud noises or dislike stairs, take those things into consideration. You also want to ensure your new home is big enough for your pets to roam comfortably. Dogs may require more space than cats, so be sure that your new home is appropriate for the size of your pet and their needs. For example, apartments may not be ideal for large dogs or animals that frequently need to be taken outside.

 

Packing Up

 

Pets, especially cats, can be skittish when it comes to a change of location. To keep your pets as calm as possible throughout the moving process, leave your pets in one room that you plan on packing up last while you take care of the rest of your home. This ensures they are comfortable as long as possible and won’t need to deal with moving stress any longer than necessary.

 

Transporting Your Pets

 

If your pet is unfamiliar with spending time in vehicles or pet carriers, you may want to get them used to these prior to moving. You can acclimatize your pets to their carriers by gradually getting them more comfortable with spending time in them by enticing them with treats and taking them for short rides in your vehicle which can help them feel less anxiety in a moving car while being confined to their crate. Taking the time to slowly get your animals used to being in a carrier and a vehicle can make your move much easier on your pets.

 

Setting Your Pet Up in Your New Home

 

When you’ve arrived in your new home, set your pets up in one room first to avoid them getting overwhelmed and hiding out somewhere that may potentially be unsafe like behind or under large furniture. The “safe room” should be equipped with their food, water, toys, and litter boxes. When it appears that your pet is comfortable and curious about the rest of your home, open the door and allow them to roam at their own pace without crowding them.

 

With a little attention, time, and patience, your pets will be happy and comfortable in their new home.

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