All your paperwork has gone through and the registration of your property is right around the corner. Now it’s time to start stressing about D-Day: the moving day. The stress will be even more so when there are pets involved. Moving with pets can be tricky!
Here are some top tips to help you make the move as pleasant as possible for your furry-family-members, as well as reducing any unnecessary stress for you as the owner!
Invest in a pet carrier
This is very important for their security and to help them feel safe and secure. Get them used to it by leaving it open in your home a few weeks prior to the move, attract them to it by putting their blanket, favourite toy and treats in the carrier.
Wearing tags with your contact details on them
As an extra safety measure, double check if all of the animal’s information is updated (and tagged!). Visit your vet; they will have very helpful information on how best to care for your pet through the moving process. If you have a very nervous dog or cat, they may also prescribe a mild tranquilizer to ease your pets’ anxiety.
Give your cats catnip, or dogs calming spray to calm them down
Perhaps not something you were thinking of but please do consider using a mild tranquilizer to ease your pets’ anxiety. At the end of the day, that little bit of drugs will make a huge difference on the animals’ behavior during the move.
Keep your pets away from all the moving madness
Try to keep them in a room away from all the strangers and activity will decrease nervousness, keep their water, litter boxes, toys and beds with them.
Do the same at the new house so they can adjust
Have a sign on the door that says “Pets, do not open”, in this way you keep movers out.
Do not feed your pets a few hours before the move
Their nervousness, coupled with a car trip may cause them to be sick. Instead feed them at the new place.
Different pets require different care when relocating them
Dogs are easier and travel better than cats, which are territorial and need the same surroundings to feel secure. Consult with your vet for advice on how to handle your particular pet(s).
The majority of these tips are quick and easy to follow. Just some preparation ahead of time can save you quite the stress during the day.
Thought of using a ‘pet move’ checklist on the day? How about delegating this assignment to one of the children or younger cousins as their responsibility of the day?