Moving can be stressful for people, so just imagine how anxious it can make your pets. They can easily get stressed out when there’s unexpected activity in their home or when they’re introduced to a new environment. Here are some tips to help make the move a little easier!
1. Prepare an overnight kit. Pack food, cat litter, toys, grooming items and treats in a bag for easy access during the first few days of unpacking.
2. During the move itself, the best way to reduce stress on an animal is to keep them in the quietest area possible. If you don’t want to leave them with a friend or a kennel for the day, at least remove them from the action, such as into an empty bedroom. Be sure to check on them often and take them for walks throughout the day.
3. Move the house before you move the pet. Set up as much as you can, even just in a room, before you introduce the animal to the new home. Confine them to a section of the house while they slowly adjust to their surroundings. Give your pet lots of attention and introduce familiar objects like toys or blankets as soon as possible. Make them feel as at home as you do!
4. When transporting the pets to the new neighborhood, be extra careful that they do not get out of the car before they are leashed or that they get free from the new house. Since they are in a new area, they can easily become lost.
5. If you are moving to a new city, be sure the get your pet’s records from your current vet to give to the new vet and make sure you update the microchips and tags with the new address/phone number.