Dealing With Pets When Moving: How To Make The Big Move With Your Fur Baby
For most people, moving alone can be stressful – and if you have pets, just imagine how anxious they can be. It’ll be difficult for them to adjust to their new home, let alone a sudden change of activity and lifestyle that they’re used to living most of their years.
While there’s no exact formula when moving with neither kids or pets, here are some things that you can do when dealing with kids and pets when moving, but mostly pets.
1. Contact Your Veterinarian
If you’re moving away from the city, your pet’s health should be your top priority. Contact your vet and see if there are prescription meds that your furbaby needs to take, and take this opportunity to ask for recommendations and referrals for a new vet within your neighborhood.
2. Keep a “Pet Essentials” Bag or Box
This includes some food, chew toys, grooming tools, and other essentials that will help your pets comfortable during the first couple of days that you’re unpacking once you’ve made the move.
3. Bring Your Pet With You in Your Vehicle
This is where they start to become anxious, but make sure that you keep them as comfortable as possible, and being in the same vehicle with you may help. You may want to keep a blanket over them to make sure that they don’t fill their senses with all the changes happening in their surroundings.
4. Place Them in a Quiet Environment
Anxiety in pets take over when there’s a sudden change in environment – this is something that we can’t take care of, but what you can do is to situate them in a quiet environment. Place them in a room, or something that they won’t get distracted. It would also be helpful if you keep the pet inside the vehicle, well-ventilated enough until you have unloaded all of your things.
5. Give Them Space
Give your pets some space. They may get rowdy, or sometimes may feel like not playing – and this is normal. Make sure that you let them adjust to their new environment, which they will. They are resilient but you have to give them time and space to be able to do it.
Dealing with pets may sound like an overwhelming task, but these tips above will make the entire move easier for you and your furbaby.