Moving, even if it’s a simple move across town, is a stressful event. The more people that you include in the equation, the harder and more difficult that it gets. Moving alone is hard, but then add a partner or friend, children, or pets, and it can get really overwhelming really fast. Especially when it comes to pets, it can be hard for them to understand what is going on. Often, a pet feels scared and unsure of what is happening during the moving process. This distress can be hard for them to adjust to your new home together. If you’re worried about the effect that moving may have on your pet, here are a few tips for an easy move with a pet.
Ensure your new home is pet friendly
When trying to make sure your pet is as comfortable as possible during a move, it’s so important to make sure that there is a welcoming home waiting for them at the end of the move. Take a few extra moments before the move, to make sure that your new home is pet friendly so they can get comfortable in their new environment right away. Things like a doggie door and a fenced backyard will make sure that your furry friend enjoys their new home, as well as has an opportunity to relieve themselves at the end of a long drive.
Drive your pet in your car with you
Whether you usually put your pet in a carrier or kennel in the car, or they are happy to sit next to you with their head out the window, make sure you bring your pet in your car with you. This will keep them comfortable during the transition process. A new home and environment is scary enough without having to add a strange car ride with a stranger or in a moving van.
Pack them an overnight bag
This may sound a little overkill, as it’s not like your pet needs a toothbrush and a change of clothes for their first night in their new home. However, your pet will need food, their food and water bowls, as well as bedding, as soon as you arrive at your new home. Packing a little bag with all of their essentials will help them realize that this is their new home, because their things are there. Other great things to include in their overnight bag are kitty litter, favorite toys, and grooming tools such as a brush.
Keep your pet away during the move
For the sanity of your pet, you should keep them away from the moving process. It’s stressful to them to see you packing up everything they are familiar with. It’s not unusual for them to get rowdy and act out, as they may feel like you are abandoning them. It’s recommended that your pet stay with a friend or in their kennel/carrier in a quiet room of the home, away from all of the chaos.
Update their info and contact their vet
When you move, make sure that you update their microchip information with your new address. If you’ve moved far enough away that you need a new vet, ask your current vet for recommendations of vets in your new area. You can also ask to have all of your pets medical information and prescriptions sent to your new vet. This helps avoid any lapse of treatment and keeps your new vet in the loop of any preexisting conditions your pet may have.
Don’t let your pet out without a leash
With the exception of fenced yards, don’t let your pet outside of your new home without a leash. Even if your pet is usually very docile and has never attempted to escape before, the new environment can be frightening and cause your pet to try to escape to try to return to their previous home. It can take months for your pet to feel comfortable in their new environment, so be patient with them during this transition as they get to know their new space.
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