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Preventing Pet Stress During a Move

Tuesday, October 10, 2023
posted by Jim Murphy

Reclining cat pinches an eye

Moving can be stressful and it can also be stressful for our pets. It’s hard enough to find apartments where pets are allowed but when we do, there are now additional challenges that we must face. Pets are often adverse to change. Fortunately, there are ways that pet owners can make moving easier on themselves and their pets. ¬†First of all spread things out. Sudden changes can stress a pet out and alter his behavior. Gradually pack things away so pets won’t panic as their environment changes. Don’t pack a pets comfort items such as toys, beds, bowls until the last minute.

Arrange for travel well in advance of your move. If you are moving relatively close, then the trip to your new home will be no different than a road trip with your pet. Make sure that you pack toys and snacks to keep your pet occupied during the trip.

If you are flying, make arrangement as soon as possible. Doing so increases your chances of getting a non stop flight. Flying can be uncomfortable for pets no matter how considerate the airline is. Make sure to book a single non stop flight. If your pet is small enough, try to arrange to keep him with you in his crate under the seat during the flight. This will help reduce stress for both of you.

In the days leading up to the move, stick to your pets routine as much as possible. When you arrive at your new home, give your pet a designated area to “chill out.” Movers will be in and out and things could get hectic. Place toys, litter (in you own a cat) food, water etc in the room with your pet while the movers are there.

In no time,  your new home will become your pets new home.

Remember, pets are family!

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