Moving with pets can be a stressful experience, especially if your pet is shy or protective. As the pet owner, it is your responsibility to make this transition as simple as possible for your furry friend. Consider the following tips that will ensure that your pet’s move is a stress free experience.
Moving with Pets can be Stress-free!
Routines. Try to stick to as many routines as possible. Abrupt changes in activities like feeding time, playtime, and sleep time could upset your pet, so stay consistent.
Strangers. If you are selling or renting your home, there will be a significant amount of strangers in your home. Remember pets, especially dogs and cats, can be extremely territorial. To prevent unpleasant encounters, make arrangements for pets during these times.
Vaccinations and State Laws. Before moving with pets, make sure your pet’s vaccinations are up to date. Some states require a health certificate as proof that your pet is disease free. Also different states have a variety of pet regulations. These regulations range from how many pets you can have to spaying and neutering requirements. Call the state clerk’s office and state veterinarian to learn more about pet laws.
Familiar Surroundings. Once you’ve arrived to your new home, make sure to surround your pet with familiar items like toys, beds, and water bowls. This will give them a small sense of security in their new environment.
Tips for Cats and Dogs. Introduce your cat to one room at a time in the new home. This will give them a chance to explore and become comfortable in the new space. Upon arrival immediately tour the neighborhood with your dog, establish boundaries within the yard, and stick to old routines as much as possible.
Moving with pets is made easy with these helpful tips.