Moving to a new home can be an exciting experience for people, and it has it’s share of stressful moments too. Pet owners should be aware that all the unexpected activity or entering a totally new environment can feel stressful for their pet as well. The following are some ways to make the transition less stressful for your pet during your move.
- Prepare an easily accessible bag, fill a bag with enough dog or cat food, kitty litter to last the first few days and keep it handy. Make your pet feel comfortable by packing familiar toys as well as their bed or blanket to keep the calm.
- Move the house first, that way you can set up as much as you can in one room and some familiar objects will lessen the anxiety when you introduce your pet to their new surroundings.
- When you move your pet, take them to the new house in your own car, place smaller dogs and cats in a carrier in the back seat which can then be secured with a seatbelt. A bigger dog can be put in a kennel in the back of a vehicle and some animals may feel more comfortable if you cover the carrier with a blanket so they can’t see the environment change.
- Be careful that your pet doesn’t accidentally get loose at the new house with it’s unfamiliar setting they could easily get lost in this strange place. In time you can let them outside as they become accustomed to their new home without worrying they might not return.
- During the move itself ask a friend to keep them or consider a boarding kennel, otherwise keep them in the quietest area possible.
- After the move remember to update your pet’s tags or microchip to show your new address and phone number.