Animals are creatures of habit. They have their daily routines and don’t always adjust well when these routines are broken. Keep in mind that moving can be stressful not only for you, but for your furry family as well. Here are five tips to minimize stress for your animals when moving.
- When you start packing, stack boxes in a room that isn’t used often or to the sides of the rooms to keep as much open space as possible. Crowding can cause animals to become stressed – almost like a claustrophobic reaction. While it may not bother you to walk between (or over) boxes, avoid making your animals walk through tight spaces when they are used to an open room.
- Don’t move or take over their spaces. If your dog has a kennel, leave it where it is. It may be obnoxious to work around but it will relieve stress for the canine when he wants to find his safe place. Moving a kennel can cause confusion and stress. Also, if your dog or cat has a favorite place to sun soak while indoors, do not put boxes there. Leave these spaces open so that they are accessible to your furry friend.
- Don’t wash their bedding. When you move, bring the kennel blankets, beds, and even comforter if your friend sleeps on the bed unwashed. It will have your animal’s scent on it and will help ease stress as they acclimate to their new surroundings.
- Stay positive. Negativity is contagious. Your animal knows you well and will be able to tell if you get anxious. Keep a positive mind throughout the moving process for the sake of your pet!
- Have a special treat waiting for them at your destination. When you finally arrive at your new place, give them a treat that they do not often get. Invest in a high quality bone for your dog, or maybe a catnip toy for your cat. Giving this to them at the destination will help them settle in more quickly.
Your home is also your pet’s home. When you move, keep in mind that your furry friend is moving, too. They do not understand the process and may get anxious as boxes are stacked and things are moved. Follow these steps throughout the entire moving process to help your animal settle in to their new home!
Remember, we do not transport pets. If you cannot personally take your pet to your destination, be sure that you make prior arrangements so that they are taken care of throughout the move!