You are planning on moving with a pet. The sun is shining and you are about to begin a brand new chapter of life in your new home. In all the excitement it is easy to forget the chaos of cardboard boxes, packing tape and moving trucks can really stress out your pets.
Packing Up Your Home
Help your pets to adjust to the moving process by bringing in moving boxes early, and by keeping your furry friends in a familiar room you plan to pack up last.
Once a box is packed move it to a “designated box room” so it is out of the way. Cats have a habit of scratching boxes to bits and nervous dogs can chew through the box and destroy your stuff.
Another benefit of this “designated box room” is it gives you a visual on how much stuff you actually have (everyone underestimates this and you do not want the surprise of not arranging a truck large enough for your stuff halfway through loading up). Plus it expedites loading up on moving day.
While the movers load up the truck keep your pets in a quiet room with the door shut, or at a friend’s house. This will ensure that your cat or dog won’t get scared and try to make a quick getaway.
Moving With A Pet Day
It’s a good idea to utilize the safety of a pet crate on moving day (this is obvious for cats but even trustworthy dogs can become nervous and skittish during a move).
Before the move starts, you can begin to get them used to the idea of being confined in the crate. Start by staying in or near the space with them and rewarding them when they relax (this could take some time at first, so be patient). As they get better at being confined with you, go farther and farther away, and for longer periods, rewarding them as they adjust to the situation.
Speak with your vet if you have a particularly nervous or anxious pet. They have all kinds of things in their dispensary for these one-time highly stressful events. Look into calming sprays or Thundershirts to see if these are resources that may help you.
Make sure your pets are wearing collars with your phone number on them and that you update your microchip company of your new address, and on moving day make sure you have space in your vehicle for the crate so they can travel with you.
Pet-Proofing Your New Home
It is a good idea to pet-proof your new home. Tuck away electrical cords, plug up nooks where your pet could get stuck, make sure that all windows have secure screens, remove any poisonous plants and confirm that no pest-control poison traps have been left anywhere in or around the home. Also be aware of the danger of slug bait or cocoa mulch that may have been left in the garden.
It will be tempting to set your dog or cat loose in the house to explore. However, a new and unfamiliar space can be overwhelming to your pets.
Start by allowing them to adjust to one room—their “home base”—which should include their toys, water and food bowls and litter box for cats.
Older dogs, puppies and dogs with house training issues will need to go outside often to avoid them having accidents in their new home. It is also possible that your pet will “mark” in there new home because they smell the previous homeowners pets, there are some excellent “enzyme’ products on the market to help eliminate these odors, our favorite is Skouts Honor.
Now all that is left is to take a break and raise a glass in celebration of arriving at your new home. CHEERS!
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