Moving to a new place is a stressful event for most people; but when pets are involved, things tend to get even more complicated. The anxiety pets feel during a move is a proven fact, and it needs to be addressed accordingly. Pet relocation is challenging to say the least, and there is no universal solution you can use. Luckily, there are things you can do to simplify the process and ease the transition to a new environment for your pets. Below we will share a few helpful tips that should create a more calmer experience for your furry friends.
Pets Need Familiar Surroundings To Feel Happy/Safe
- In order to understand how to deal with your pets’ relocation the best way possible, you will first need to understand exactly what it is that triggers their anxiety during a move.
- Pets, just like humans, feel most content when they are surrounded by familiar things. Your pets are the happiest in familiar surroundings they know well.
- Pets have an instinctive fear of new places and circumstances, but they often times adjust to it without too much trouble. But it should not take too long before they get well acquainted and used to your new house/apartment, the surrounding parks and their new walking route.
- If you are moving somewhere where the climate is different than the one in your former town, pets might have a more difficult time adjusting.
- Make sure you know everything there is to know about your new location. This will help you plan everything ahead and keep relocation issues at bay. Pre-plan the transfer of your pets – you may need to accommodate them in a hotel for pets for a few days. You will also need to set up all the details for the move of all of your household items. Start as early as you can and do not hesitate to ask for help. Professional local and interstate movers like Uber Movers can help you plan, pack, load, unload, unpack, and temporarily store your items at your desire date and time.
- When transporting your pets to your new address, make sure you pack their favorite toy and food, so they can feel more relaxed during the trip. Anything that looks familiar to them should help with their transition.
Visit The Vet
- Get a veterinarian certificate and add it to your moving file.
- Search for a new vet in the new city/state you are moving to. To save time, ask for references from your old vet.
- You can also contact the AAHA by calling (800) 252-2242 and asking for their member service center.
- Make an ID tag with your name, the name of your pet and your new home address; add an emergency name and phone number. Opt for a tag used for luggages and write on both sides. Do not forget about your pets’ permanent identity and rabies tags.
- Keep in mind most US states have special pet laws you need to comply with. Get in touch with the state veterinarian in the capital of your new home town and inquire about these laws. Contact the town hall and get all the necessary information on the license fees for your pets.
Keep Your Pets Away From The Hassle
- Keep your furry friends away from the noise and hassle of the move. This will lower their stress levels. Find the quietest area possible and surround your pets with their favorite toys.
- Make sure they have plenty of food and water, especially if you will not be around for hours in a row.
- You can also consider asking a friend or neighbor to sit with your pets, or use a kennel in your car or the garage, especially when you plan on packing all of the items in your bedrooms/living room/kitchen.
- Make sure they will be sitting in a safe temperature and do check on them periodically. Stick to their regular feeding and walking schedule as much as possible. The routine will help them better cope with all the changes.
Moving With Dogs
- If you plan on driving with your pet to your new location, plan everything ahead of time. Buy carriers and first-aid kits, as well as collapsible dishes.
- Pack your pets’ favorite toys and regular food. Take your pet on short car rides, if they are not used to car travel. This should accommodate them with the road. You can also ask your vet to recommend tranquilizers to relax your pets, if necessary.
- Avoid feeding your dog prior to the trip, but do feed them a few treats. Plan regular stops to give your pet a drink.
- Once you arrive at your new home, take your dog out for a walk around the neighborhood. Try to maintain the feeding and walking schedule from your former home.
Moving With Cats
Avoid letting your cat outside once you arrive at your new home. They need to get familiar with the new environment, or you will risk having them run away. Surround your car with items she is familiar with during the move. Do not allow your cat to explore all of the rooms around your new home at once.
Moving With Guinea Pigs
Guinea pigs are sensitive to change, as their hearts are particularly susceptible. See they are transported in a warm and comfortable carrier.
Moving With Fish
Fish respond strongly to stressful factors, and moving is definitely one of them. You can try to transport them short distances using bags filled with their old tank water. For long distance travels, get a new tank for your fish, and buy new fish to keep them company.
Moving With Birds
Birds are also jittery about the chances that a move can trigger. Always put your parrots in a cage on the moving day, no matter how smart and faithful your bird might be.