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Moving can be difficult enough on you, but doing so with a pet can be even more complicated. While pets are an essential part of your family, it’s quite impossible to prepare them for a move by explaining why you’re moving, where you’re moving and all the new things they’ll get to enjoy at their new home.
According to different long distance movers, many pets can get skittish during a move because they can sense that something is changing around them. Cats are especially bad with moves, as they realize they are about to be taken away from their comfortable, familiar surroundings and we know how much cats are creatures of habit.
If you’re moving with a pet, it’s important to take small steps to make the move as simple and easy as possible on you, while not causing too much stress or anxiety for your pets. Here are four ways you can do this.
Begin the Move Early
One of the best ways to prepare pets for a move is to give them plenty of time to adjust. You can do this by getting moving boxes into your house early and packing up your things over time. This will allow the pet to see new things happening in their house slowly rather than uprooting immediately.
Keep Their Routine the Same… Until the Last Minute
On the day of the move, it’s important that your pets are kept out of the way and as calm as possible. To do this, keep your pets isolated in a place in your home that is comfortable for them, and keep familiar things such as a bed or play toy in the room with them.
Not only will this keep them calm while there is a lot of commotion happening in other parts of the house, but it will help prevent them from getting lost in the shuffle or possibly even injured during the move.
Move Your Pets in Your Vehicle
A great way to reduce your pets’ anxiety during a move is to transport them in a familiar place such as your vehicle. By having them ride with you in your car, they will feel more comfortable.
Even if you have a moving truck, it’s best to keep your pets with you in the cab so that they don’t get overheated, and so that you can comfort them during the trip.
Allow Them to Adjust to Their New Home
Once you arrive at your new home, it’s important to gradually acclimate your pets to their new surroundings. If you let them run free in the new house once you arrive, it’ll be easy for them to get overwhelmed or get lost while you’re busy unpacking.
One of the best ways to acclimate your pets is to let them explore your new home one room at a time. After they search around and sniff every inch of the new room, they’ll feel more comfortable and be interested in exploring more of their new surroundings. Once they seem settled, establish their base room by setting up their food and water bowls and litter box (if it’s a cat) so they can begin to settle in.
Moving with a pet doesn’t have to be difficult. By following these tips, you can make the move easier on you and your pets.