5 Innovative Tips when Moving with a Pet

| January 31, 2018 | 0 Comments


Moving is stressful for your whole family, including your pets. Pets may experience stress during the actual move and while adjusting to a new home.

Fortunately, you can minimize the stress your pets experience and help them adjust to their new surroundings. Here are five ways to help smooth the transition.

In Transit

When transporting your dog to your new home, be sure to put them in a crate or otherwise secure them in the car.

Don’t open the car until you have the dog leashed so he/she doesn’t run off and get lost in an unfamiliar neighborhood.

Move cats, guinea pigs, rabbits and other small animals inside a carrier or crate. Cover the carrier to keep them calm during the trip.

Make sure any reptiles are kept adequately warm while traveling and make sure fish bags have plenty of water and oxygen.

Maintain Your Routine

Before, during and after your move, keep your pet’s daily routine as consistent as possible. Keep taking your pet for walks, grooming him and feeding him at his normal times so he knows what to expect.

Normal treat, play and snuggle times are also important. Feed your pet from the same dishes and make sure he has access to them, his bed and his favorite toys throughout the move.

If you have to change your pet’s routine after you move, do so only once he has settled into his new surroundings. Changing location and routines may be too much at once.

Bring Old Scents

Moving is the perfect time to clean house, but think twice before washing or replacing your pet’s favorite bed or blankets.

Pets recognize home by the way it smells, so make sure to bring along items that smell like you and your pet. Bring your pet’s old bed and toys rather than replacing them.

You should also move cat litter boxes, pine shavings and other scent soakers dirty so your pet finds her scent in the new space. It may smell gross to you, but it smells like home to them.

To Confine or Not to Confine

After a move, some pets do best if they are allowed to get used to a bedroom or other quiet area before roaming the house freely.

To confine your animal, give him a comfortable space with familiar scents along with food, water and a litter box, if necessary. Other animals, however, prefer being close to their people during stressful times. You’ll have to do what is best for your pet’s personality.

If you do try confining your pet but find them constantly trying to escape, let them out to avoid further stress. Confine your pet during the move to prevent injury or loss, but let them tell you what they need after the move.

Hang Around More

Your fish probably won’t mind if you leave him home alone right after your move, but your dog or cat will. Try to time your move so that you can be home for a few days with your pet.

Leave for a few minutes at a time, slowly increasing the amount of time your pet is home alone. This gives him time to adjust to his new surroundings with you before being there alone.

Change is stressful, but you can help ease your pet into your new living space. After a short adjustment period, your new space will feel like home to every member of your family, including your animal friends.


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