Relocating can be hard not only for you and your family also for your furry friends too! Packing up all of your belongings and heading to somewhere new can be exciting and full of brand new beginnings. However for your pets, this can feel disconcerting as they are not aware if they are coming with you or what is happening. It is up to us as owners to make sure that our furry family members are as comfortable as possible with the move. Careful planning can orchestrate a big change for your pets in a safe, enjoyable manner.
Step 1: Prepare your pet for the big move.
- This is easier said than done…literally. Talk to your pet about what is going to happen, where they are going to go and that you will be with them. No your pet won’t necessarily understand you but speaking in calm, neutral tones will keep them calm as well. Moving is hard enough on its own, now try to imagine if you had no idea what was happening. Our pets pick up on our moods and stressing out will only incite your pet.
- Make sure that your pet is micro chipped and has ID tags with your new address on them. That way, if they are unfortunately lost during the move, they will easily be returned.
- A few days before you move, reduce your pet’s food by one-third so that they will not be traveling on a full stomach.
- Head to your veterinarian’s office to get copies of your pet’s health records and health certificate for your new vet.
Step 2: Moving Day!
- Today will be chaotic for everyone and that’s why it is imperative to keep your furry friends calm and safe. Doors will be opening and closing non-stop so if possible, have a family member or friend keep them during the busy hours. If that is not possible, put them in a quiet room where everything is already moved out.
- When it is time to leave, pack your pet into the vehicle last. Cover the crate with a blanket to calm them. You can take off the blanket after a few hours and they have calmed down.
- While it is very tempting to immediately let them explore their new surroundings, take a minute to first do this yourself. Are there any holes they can get stuck in? Any leftover cleaning products or rat poisons your pet could get into? Make sure to clear the area of anything harmful.
- Bring the crate inside and open the door. Let them come out on their own time. Most dogs will immediately check out the place while cats are more hesitant. Let them explore on their own time, don’t rush the process.
- When the moving van arrives with your belongings, make sure to segregate your animals again. They are in totally new surroundings and will have no idea where they are if they get out.
- If you fed them at 6:00 p.m. at home make sure to do this at the new place! Pets get used to routines so keeping up as much normalcy as possible will help make this transition smooth.
Your four-legged friends will need some time to adjust. If you have taken these steps, your pets should be on their way to a happy and healthy life in their new home! #ShorewestRealtors #ShorewestFamily #OurPets #MovingTips