Like children, pets often have a difficult time moving to a new place. In order to help them make it through the process without the stress, you as an owner will have to take certain steps to make sure they are cared for throughout the chaos that a move is. Outlined below are some of the best ways to avoid trouble when you are moving with pets, enabling you to make the transition to your new home without the hassle of misbehaving animals that you can’t seem to get under control. Use this advice and soon you’ll be in your new home with your beloved pet rather than having to find them a new home.
Preparing your pet for a move is as important as preparing yourself and your family. You need to take steps to ensure your pet is ready for the transition. Sometimes, this can be difficult, because pets cannot talk and tell us that they are stressed. Thankfully, pet experts know of some helpful ways you can get your animals ready for the big day.
Routines – keep your pet’s routine as close to normal as possible. Since they thrive on routine, if you keep their routine normal, you will be giving them a solid base on which to return despite the other chaotic changes happening around them. Feeding times and exercise times should remain the same, and you should keep their toys and bedding where they are used to it being.
Travel Prep – If you will be transporting an animal in a crate, prepare them by having them spend short periods of time in the crate so they are used to it by moving day. Similarly, if you are moving them by car, take them on short car rides that get longer each time all the way up to moving day.
Travel Box – Pack a special box for your pets so that they have everything they need quickly no matter what part of the move you are involved in. Include toys, leashes, bowls, food, and even water to help them through the process.
Moving day is one of the most stressful parts of a move for any animal. While preparing for the move is important, keeping your pets safe and sound on the day of the move itself is also vital to a successful transition. The last thing you want is to have to search for your pet on the day the movers come to relocate your things, so keep the following in mind as you get ready for the big day.
Quiet Room – Clear out a room especially for your pet. Make sure that everything the movers need to load is out of the room. Place the crate and any of your pet’s favorite things in the room so that they are comfortable. Be sure to include water and food as needed as well. Put a sign on the door to let everyone know the pets are in there so the door is not opened by movers looking to load goods.
- Warnings – Let the movers know when they arrive that there are pets in the home. You don’t want trouble between stressed pets and the people who are moving your things. Alert them to the room you’ve locked your animals in so that they know not to go in there.
- The Travel Box – Keep the pet travel box away from other things that are getting loaded into the moving truck. You don’t want this container to get lost.
- Walkthrough – Make sure that everything is loaded and that the movers are on their way before you go into the room to handle your pets. Once this is the case, enter the room and get your pets settled in the crate rather than letting your pets out into the home where you might have to chase them down. Speak to them soothingly and do things just like you did when you were preparing for the move.
- Relocating with your pets doesn’t have to be a difficult task. Instead of panicking, or even finding your animals a new home, consider these steps, which can make the process easy and successful.
- The author of this post, Alyssa Sullivan, owns a cat and a dog. She knows how hard it is to move with pets, so she strives to help consumers like you with this post. To find out more about the moving process, or how to make it easy, visit her blog Moving Companies today.
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