Packing up your family and moving from one location to another can be stressful, even to your pet. It is important that your pet has a safe transition too. Being able to predict your pets response to stress can help you plan a more peaceful move.
Here are some tips to try:
Make sure to pack and label a separate bin for all pet supplies that is handy at all times. This includes all food, kitty litter, and blankets, and water bowls. Be sure to pack a gallon of water for your pet to drink during the move.
Avoid washing all pet toys and blankets before moving so your pet can be comfortable smelling your old home.
Pets love daily routines. Try and stick to the same routine with your pet when it comes to feeding, walks, bathroom, sleep and play times. If the schedule is going to change completely, try and introduce the new routine to your pet a few weeks before your move.
If you are driving to your new location, plan ahead to see which hotels accept pets and try to book rooms in advance. If you are traveling by air, plan ahead and book the shortest traveling time. Remember, pets can get cold and also get motion sickness. Talk to your veterinary about the best method that will keep your pet healthy and safe.
On moving day, for pets in crates or carriers, cover the crate with a blanket to lessen their stress. Make sure they can breath!
When traveling, DO NOT put your pet in the moving van! Moving vans are made to carry people or pets.
Remember when taking breaks at rest stops, keep your dog on a leash.
When you arrive at your new home, pet safety is important. Make sure doors, windows, and fences are shut. Pools can also be dangerous so make sure your pet cannot get into the pool.
Introduce pets (especially cats) to the new home gradually. Start with a few areas of the home first. After a few days, if they seem relaxed, introduce more rooms.
Sometimes a move can change a pets eating and elimination habits. Make sure they eat. Tempt them with a variety of food or their favorite treats. It is very important that they regain their normal appetites.
When settling into a new home, it is common for pets to make a few “mistakes” on the floor. Show cats where the litter box is right away. Dogs may get confused as to which door they need to go to for elimination, so start elimination walks as soon as you can. Be patient! Remember, moving to unfamiliar territory is very stressful for your pets. They will get the hang of their routines again…just be patient!