Moving is stressful – and not just for humans. Not only can animals sense your anxiety, but they also dislike unpredictability.
Here are suggestions to help your beloved companions have a smoother experience.
Have a travel plan: Coordinate how you will transport your pets ahead of time and give them a chance to get acclimated to the travel crate or carrier.
Have treats, potty supplies and a leash or harness ready for the trip. Reach out to your vet if you think a pet will need calming medication.
Reduce food intake: Prevent car sickness by not feeding your pet right before traveling. Either feed them a few hours before you leave or wait until you have reached your destination.
Separate your pets from the chaos: Board your pets or put them in a closed room while your belongings are being moved out of or into your house.
Keeping pets confined will also protect them from accidentally getting out of the house.
Reestablish routines: Ensure that there are smells pets recognize in the new home, so they don’t feel completely out of place. Place their toys, favorite blanket, food, crate or litter box where they can find them. Take your leashed dog on walks around the neighborhood and let your cats slowly explore the house to help them adapt to their new surroundings.
And don’t forget, you Realtor can be an excellent source for finding a vet, animal day care or dog parks in your new neighborhood.
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