Moving is hard, and when you factor pets into the equation, it gets even harder. Pets are naturally anxious when there’s disruptive activity in their turf or they’re being introduced to a new environment. Here are some tips on keeping your pet as stress-free as possible when moving.
1. Let your veterinarian know that you’re moving.
Before you move, contact your vet to get any medical records, paperwork or medications your pet may need. If you’re moving internationally, make sure that your pet is up-to-date on their vaccinations. Also, update any tags or microchips to include your new information.
2. On moving day, keep your pet away from the action.
Moving can be stressful for everyone, even your pets. It’s ideal to let them stay over at a friends house when you’re moving. If you can’t do that, try keeping them in a familiar bedroom on moving day. Be sure that they have plenty of food and water as well.
3. Prepare your pet for the drive.
Many pets aren’t used to crates or cars. Gradually acclimate them to their crate by carrying them around in it or taking them for a quick drive. Be sure to give your pet a treat afterwards to encourage a positive association with crating.
4. Make sure your new home is pet-friendly.
Before letting your pet out of their crate, ensure there are no stray power cords, poisonous houseplants, or pest control traps left by a previous homeowner. If you ever leave windows open, it’s probably a good idea to make sure they have pest screens.
5. Take it slow when introducing your pet.
When you arrive at your new home, keep your pet in one secluded area of the home (their “base”). Make sure they have plenty of food and water, and if you have a cat, make sure it has access to a clean litter box. Gradually introduce them to other parts of the home once they appear comfortable.
After following these tips, your pet will be back to ruling your house in no time!