Make a Move with Pets Less Ruff
Moving to a new home is exciting, and it means there is a lot to look forward to. But, whether you’re moving across town or across the country, pets can easily get stressed when there’s unexpected activity at home or when they’re introduced to a new environment.
Here are a few ways to make the process a little calmer for your beloved companion during the hustle and bustle of a move.
Before the Move
- Find a new vet. If you are moving out of the area, get your pet’s records and a supply of any needed medications. Ask your vet if he or she can recommend a vet in your new neighborhood.
- Do some research. Discover pet-friendly parks and places to play. Find out if your pet will need any new vaccinations or preventive medications.
- Make sure their ID is up-to-date. Have your dog micro chipped if that is not done already. Make sure all pet tags have your cell number on them.
- Crate train your dog or cat now if you’ll need one for the move.
- Prepare an overnight kit. Pack enough food, kitty litter, toys and grooming tools to keep your pet(s) comfortable during the first few days of unpacking. Bonus: It will save frustration of sifting through unpacked boxes hunting for what you need.
On Moving Day
- Feed lightly. Don’t overload on a day filled with change.
- Transport your pet in your own car. Cats, dogs, rabbits and others can be put in a carrier, but it’s best if they are in a mode that is familiar to them.
- Keep your pet away from the action. If possible, board your pet with a familiar pet sitter on moving day. If that’s not feasible, keep them in the quietest area of your home during the move.
- Be prepared. Have medical records, microchip numbers and a current photo easily accessible in case the unthinkable happens and you and your best friend get separated.
- Birds, guinea pigs and fish, oh my. Feathered friends, guineas and fish can be especially jittery when change occurs. Take special care to transport them and check with your vet or pet store if you are traveling a long distance.
Adjusting After the Move
- Check for escape routes. Make sure your home and fence are secure so Fido and Fluffy can’t wander off in their new unfamiliar neighborhood.
- Make your pet feel at home. Give your pet lots of attention and have familiar objects like toys, food and drink bowls and blankets in similar spaces as your previous home.
- Stick to a schedule. Feed, walk and play with your pet according to your previous habits.
- Explore safely. Get to know the new neighborhood bit by bit, rather than all at once.
- Don’t expect perfection. Pets can adapt to new situations, but there is a lot to take in. Reinforce positive behavior and spend plenty of time interacting with your pal.
Looking for the purrfect new place for you and your pet? One of our New Home Specialists would love to help you.