Things to consider when moving with a pet

Moving with an animal entails a fair share of difficulties. Our pets are very attached to their homes and their environments. So finding themselves in an unfamiliar place can subject them to a significant amount of stress.

However, there are ways to ease the transition and minimize their anxiety levels. Keep reading to find out how to enjoy a seamless move with your pet!

Make your preparations ahead of time

Nothing is more stressful for your pet than when you wait until the last minute to organize your move. Make your preparations in advance to prevent any unforeseen circumstances! The secret is to avoid changes in the animal’s routine. Maintain the same schedule for feedings and walks and give it the same amount of attention, pets, playtime and brushing as usual.

Familiarize your dog with its new environment

Are you moving nearby? If you own a dog, you might want to take it to its future home so it can start breaking in its new environment. Give it some time to discover its surroundings and walk with it to help it get its bearings.

However, if you have a cat, these suggestions don’t apply. Your feline friend is much more territorial than a dog, so taking it repeatedly to your new home could produce the opposite effect and end up increasing its anxiety level unnecessarily.

Have someone take care of your pet

Even though moving with an animal can be a delicate matter, it’s entirely possible to do it in such a way that the transition goes off without a hitch. To avoid subjecting your pet to all the brouhaha of the move, it might be a great idea to ask someone you trust to take care of it the day before and the day of the move.

For big moves, it’s advisable to kennel your dog for a few days. In the case of your cat, while you’re coming and going, you can minimize its stress by keeping it in a quiet room of the house away from all the activity. Leave its litterbox, food, water, toys and bed nearby.

Once you’ve arrived at your new home

Finally! You’re officially moved into your new home. Even though the bulk of the move has been completed, the adjustment period for your animal is just beginning!

To help your pet adapt to its new environment as easily as possible, leave some familiar objects nearby. Re-establishing its daily routine will help reassure it and reduce its anxiety levels.

If you’re moving into a large home, leave your cat in a closed room for two or three days with all the necessities (but make sure you don’t ignore it!). This will give you time to unpack your boxes and move your furniture. Once the heavy lifting and loud noises are over, let it explore its new home. If your cat or dog is so stressed that it stops eating, you should consult a veterinarian as soon as possible.

Move with no worries!

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