Moving homes can be a stressful time in our lives. However, you may not realize how stressful moving can be for your pets as well. Here are some tips on making the relocation process less stressful.
- On moving day, make sure your pets are secured in a crate or closed room of your house until you are ready to load them into your car. The activities and sounds of moving day may become frightening to your pets, so it is important that they are kept in a secure area to reduce their stress as much as possible.
- Place temporary ID tags with your new address and phone number, on your pet’s collar. If possible, try to keep to your normal schedule as much as possible. Routines are very important, especially when so much else around them is changing.
- Always transport cats, small dogs and other small animals in a secure, well-ventilated pet carrier. It should be just big enough for your dog or cat to stand up, turn around, and lie down.
- Keep larger dogs leashed and under control. For long distance moves, make sure you give your pet potty breaks and fresh water whenever you stop for a break. If your pet is not used to a carrier, expose your pet to it well in advance to move day to get familiarized.
- If you are flying with your pet, ask about options for pet transportation when you book your flight.
- Birds will need pet carriers too as conventional cages will prove to be insufficient. For birds or other small caged animals, remove dishes of water and food to avoid messy spills while the car is moving.
- Feed and water these pets at stops along the way. You might want to keep the bird’s carrier covered to help calm it. Small animals, such as gerbils, hamsters and guinea pigs, are sensitive to heat and cold. Be mindful of this when in the car.
- Be sure to pack a bag for your animal as well. Anything you think may be essential and comforting to your pet. Food, favorite toys, blankets, their medicine (if applicable), and a litter box if you are a cat owner.
- When you arrive at your new home, set up their “home base” surrounded by their favorite objects, food, water, etc. Familiarity will aid in their transition to their new home.