Moving is often the indication of a new chapter in your life and can even be somewhat exciting, but it can also be stressful, especially for your pets. However, moving pets to a new house doesn’t have to be a miserable experience if it’s planned out ahead of time. Having a list of things your need to pack for your pet will ensure that you don’t forget to bring their essentials.
How to Move With Pets the Easy Way
In order to make moving house with pets an easier transition, it is important to keep them as comfortable as possible. When moving day comes, be sure to have a cozy space prepared for them where they will feel secure and safe. Their comfortable traveling arrangement could be a crate with their bed and blanket and a few favorite toys. It is also a good idea to have their food, treats, water, and dishes handy in a bag or box. That way, when you get to your new home, you will know where everything is and won’t have to search for them.
If possible, keep them near you during the drive to the new house, such as in the front seat. Or at least have your pet secured in the car within range of your voice so you can talk to them and reassure them that they are safe. This will help your pet feel better and less anxious. Just hearing your voice can make them calmer and feel more at ease.
A move can be especially difficult on pets since you can’t exactly explain to them what is happening, but they will be able to read your body language and understand a lot about what is happening for the tone of your voice. Pets adopted from shelters can have an especially difficult time since they may associate car rides with being separated from their owners.
Keep Your Pet Relaxed
For pets with a hard time traveling it may be a good idea to give them a mild sedative to help them relax. If you think that this may be beneficial for your pets, be sure to discuss sedative options with your vet in advance so that you can have them when moving day arrives. There are also a few different natural and safe methods that can help alleviate the symptoms of anxiety as well such as CBD oil, herbal blends, and essential oils.
Moving with pets can be a fun adventure, but some pets handle a move harder than others, so be sure to keep an eye on your furry pal throughout the process. They can’t tell you how they feel, but they will show signs of stress in other ways.
If your pet is not eating or drinking normally, keep in mind that they are probably still adjusting to their new environment and need some time to get used to their new surroundings.
Although it is a busy time, be sure to spend some time with your furry pal and go for a walk or play a game of catch so that they can feel as if things are getting back to the normal routine. But don’t be surprised if it takes as long as a week to get adjusted.