Moving to a new house is an exciting time, but these changes can be stressful on your pet.
Animals are sensitive to change and can be very territorial. This can make moving difficult. Fortunately, there are things you can do to make it easier for them. Follow these tips to make the move as stress-free as possible.
Moving day will be chaotic. There will be boxes, a moving van and an empty house. These changes could be stressful for your animal. Keep them away from the moving zone. Ask friends or family to look after your pet for a few hours as you move. There’s also the option of dropping your pet into a kennel for the day.
If this is not possible or you prefer your pet to stay with you, consider putting them in an empty bedroom while you pack up the rest of the house. Just remember to check on them regularly, leave them food and water, adequate ventilation and toys. Put them into their cage and into the car for transport only once the rest of the house has been cleared.
Pet relocation companies are incredibly helpful for the big move. These pet transfer companies deal with animals on a daily basis, which will take the stress off getting your pet to your new place.
Try to book a direct flight to your new home if possible to minimise travelling time and the stress on your animal.
Your pet’s travel container will need to be approved according to international standards. Be sure that your pet has room to stand up and turn around inside their cage.
Pets, like us, also show emotions. They can feel fear and anxiety but might portray these emotions in different ways to us.
Learn about how your animal may think or the behavioural traits behind their moods. This will help you figure out what they’re feeling and how you can make them feel more comfortable during periods of dramatic change.
Keep everything your pet needs in one bag. This will make it easier for you to access their food, treats, lead and grooming equipment.
Moving is time-consuming, and you may have to prioritise unpacking certain items. So, having everything your pet will need for a week. This will cover the move itself, as well as a few days before the move and a few days after.
Their belongings will have a familiar scent, a scent of home. Keep all their belongings nearby and accessible to them following the move. It will be a new environment, so make sure they are familiar with where their belongings are stored. This way, they will know where to find their bed, toys, water etc. when they need it.
The familiarity of their regular routine will make moving easier on your pet. You may be able to adapt to the change well, but your pet will be more tied down to their routine.
Stick to their regular mealtimes, potty times and exercise schedule. This familiarity will give them security. When the routine is as close as possible to what your pet is used to, they will become more comfortable with the change and adapt to their new lifestyle.
Pets are in tune with their owners’ behaviour. They can tell if you’re excited, stressed or upset. Take care of yourself after you move. There will be a lot to sort out, including unpacking, changing addresses and finding a new vet.
If you’re having trouble adjusting, your animal will pick up on this sense of upheaval. Maintain the healthy habits you had before the move. Get enough sleep, don’t skip your meals and exercise regularly.