Our pets become part of our families. Whether it’s a cat, dog, bird, or guinea pig, we want them to be cared for – moving is no exception. For most pets moving day can be stressful. With all the packed boxes, different scents, and lots of people around, we can quickly increase their anxiety levels without really noticing. Here are my top 5 tips to keep your fur babies cared for during your move so they enjoy the process with you.
Tip 1: Create a safe space
Pets aren’t big fans of change. You can help your animal adjust to the moving process by bringing in moving boxes early, and by keeping your furry friends in a familiar room you plan to pack up last. During the moving process, try to keep your pet’s routine as normal as possible to avoid anxiety.
Tip 2: Maintenance of a Regular Schedule
As you pack up your home, you will be busy, so make sure to set time aside to spend time with your pet while you prepare for your move. Continue with regular walks, feeding schedules, and playtime just as you normally would to maintain your routine and normalcy for as long as you can before moving day.
Tip 3: Take Your Pet to the Vet
A few weeks before your move, it’s a good idea to schedule a comprehensive exam for your pet, including any vaccinations, to make sure they are healthy for your upcoming move, especially if you’re moving across the country! Also, inquire about anxiety meds (if needed) and flea medication – the last thing you want is fleas penetrating your brand new home on moving day. Finally, obtain your pet’s health record, which you can then send to your new veterinarian.
Tip 4: Prepare an Overnight Kit
It’s a good idea to pack an overnight kit for your pet to prepare them for their first night in their new home. Make sure that essentials, such as food, litter, toys, treats, and grooming tools, are packaged separately and can easily be unloaded right away in your new home.
Tip 5: Let Them Adjust At Their Own Pace
It will likely take time for your pet to adjust to your new home, especially if the size of your new home significantly differs from that of your previous residence. It’s advisable to gradually introduce your pets to new rooms as they become more comfortable rather than giving them free rein in their new home right away. Toys, food, and familiar scents are all tools that can be used during this adjustment period. But remember, your little friend needs you to invest time and patience into the transition.
Moving our families can be a stressful time for everyone involved. Our pets especially rely on us to make these moments safe and enjoyable for them. In return, these little creatures offer us unconditional love and cuddles when we need them most.