Moving day can be stressful on everyone.
Regardless of how carefully you plan your move, the day itself is still filled with activity and unexpected issues which can cause anxiety. If you have pets, imagine how unsettled they feel as their environment is packed up and taken away? While nothing
can prevent some stress, there are a few tips to make the move easier on your furry friends.
- Prepare a pet-kit. This should include all the necessities; food, toys, blankets, etc.
- Talk with your vet. In advance, determine if you need a new vet and any specific concerns they have for your pet. You might even consider a sedative.
- Isolate your pets from the action and keep them safely contained. If your pet is home during showings, ensure that you place them in an area where they can be away from as much of the traffic as possible such a room that prospective buyers wont congregate
when discussing the home. Also, if the pet is in a cage, place a blanket over the crate. This will give the pet a safe space and make it feel like a Den as well as limit how much they can see. It will make it alittle less stressful. Ensure that
there is a note left to not disturb the pet and don't pet. Pets act one way when you are there but when strangers are coming in and out of the home and you are not there, they may try to be protective. Our pets don't understand "There is a showing"
or "We are moving and don't worry, you are coming with". Its as stressful for them since they don't understand.
- Transport your pets in your own car. While movers often offer pet moving services, try to keep them with you, if at all possible.
- Remember behavior could change. Keep pets carefully contained while moving. A scared dog could run away during a potty break, even if this isn’t normal behavior.
- Introduce pets to the home slowly. Allow them to adjust to their new surroundings by slowly allowing them to move around the home.