Moving With Pets
Moving can be stressful for people, so just imagine how anxious it can be for your pets.
So today, I’m talking about the things you should do to make the experience alot calmer for your furry and feathered companions.
Whether you’ve got a dog that you love, a cat that’s a handful or a flock of feathered friends, moving with animals takes patience and attention to detail in order to help them get through the process with the least amount of stress possible.
Remember that your pet doesn’t understand what’s going on...
and that the noise, strangers, unfamiliar smells and just general chaos can be terrifying for them.
Firstly, as pet parents, let’s talk about a few things you should do while planning your move.
1. Have new collar identification tags made with your pets name and new address. And if you’re your fur baby is microchipped, go online to change your pets’ new address and any other important information.
2. Locate a new vet. Maybe ask your current vet if they can refer to you someone in your new location.
Then have your current vet transfer your records, especially if your pet is on any type of ongoing medications like heartworm meds.
3. Research where the nearest emergency pet
clinic is located to your new house and put that
information in your phone.
4. This one is probably going to be to take some
time and patience..
But start getting your fur baby used to being
confined. If your furry friend is already acclaimated to
being in a crate..thats great! You're ahead of the
If not, start off by letting your pet have a small meals
in their crate with the door open, and reward them
with a treat and praise. Because they relate to
familiar smells, put a blanket or favorite toy in them.
Then eventually work up to doing this with the door
This will be very helpful when it comes time to
transport your pet to your new home whether its
down the street or across the country.
Let’s talk about the move itself:
If possible, move the house before moving your pets.
Set up as much as you can, even in one room, before
you introduce the animal to the new home.
Confine them to a section of the house while they
slowly adjust to their new surroundings.
Remember, animals relate to smell and familiar objects
During the move itself, the best way to reduce stress
on an animal is to keep them in the quietest area
possible. Remove them from the action.
This could mean emptying a bedroom and closing the
door, or putting them in their carrier or kennel in the
garage. *Please take proper caution to ensure they'll
be at a safe temperature and that they have water and
food if they will be there for some time. Try to keep
their feeding and walks on your regularly scheduled
times. This will help a lot.
Do your kids have Guinea pigs or hamsters? They need
special attention too during a move:
Guinea Pigs and hamsters are known to suffer from
change or being jostled around. Their hearts are
particularly fragile, so please make sure they are
transported in a warm, comfortable, small carrier.
Once they arrive at the new home, set the carrier
down for a few hours before putting them back into
their larger, regular home.
And let’s not forget about our feathered companions:
More than one feathered friend has been known to fly
the coop on moving day.
Many people proudly announce that their bird has
never flown off the shoulder, and sadly regret saying
that. Birds, like most pets, are very jittery about
So even when the smartest parrot balks at the idea of
being put in a cage, please do it on moving day.
By planning ahead and getting everything set up in
advance, you will be able to prepare your fur baby and
turn what could otherwise be a traumatic, anxiety inducing
experience into a fun adventure.
Once everyone is moved in and the strangers are gone,
give your pets lots of extra love and attention. Snuggle
up and enjoy your new home together!
For More details how to make a stress free move with
your pets, I’ve included a link, you’ll find below in the
description with over 25 tips . Enjoy!
I’m Lisa Kelly,Lakeland homes and Lifestyles with
Premier Realty. I hope you found this video helpful,
when moving to a new home with a pet. If so, also give
me a thumbs up.
And leave me a comment. I’d love to hear about your
experiences when you moved to a new home with your pets.
Until then, I’ll see you on the next one.