Moving with your pets from one part of the country or across the country can be stressful for your pets just as it can be for you. Hence, while you are trying as much as possible to manage the stress on your own part by putting in place strategies that will make it less stressful also ensure that you do the same for your pets.
Moving can alter the routines of your pets and this can make them feel uncomfortable about the whole situation. A lot of change about your pets when they move with you; from their smells to scenery, and their eating habits. This is a signal of stress and distress on the part of your pets, and you have to make sure you keep their routine unchanged as much as possible.
Let your moving company know ahead of time that you are moving with your pets and ask the interstate moving companies you are likely to hire if they have provision for transporting your pet to your new home before you make your final decision on which mover to engage.
Be calm and consistent with your pet during this period. Also bear in mind that you are their most familiar anchor in the house and they may tend to follow you around not sure of what exactly is happening. You have to be able to manage and accommodate their timidity by being calm, consistent, and confident.
In order to help ease the stress that your pets will go through this period, there are valuable tips that can help you curb the anxiety of your pets so that they can relax and easily adjust to their new home. We will be looking at a few of these tips in the sections below.
One thing you must do is to be right on schedule as this is a major thing your pets need during this time. Keep routines such as walks, feeding, playtime, and bedtime consistent as you get them used to the new home. Everything that you have installed in their previous home should also be installed in their new home as the idea is to make sure you keep their room design and routine unchanged as much as possible. For example, if you have a doggy door in their former home, do well to set another up in their new home or if your cat had a window where it usually enjoys sticking out its head to see what’s happening outside in your old house, then ensure that you set up a spot where it can do the same in your new home and locate its bed close by the window in your new home.
Make them feel secure
There are different methods that work for different pets. Hence, it is important that you understand your pets to know what they want and how to make them feel secure. For example, some pets like to remain in their crate away from the thick of the move while some will feel homelier around you. Whichever one works for your pet is what you should go for. You can as well a friend or family member to stay close to your pet so that they can feel secure. The less stress you make them go through, the more comfortable they will feel during the move and in their new home.
Keep your pets safe
In the thick of the tasks involved in putting together on your move day with traffic and moving things in and out of one room into another and into the truck, your pet can get in the way. To avoid this kind of scenario, keep them in a safe place or have someone to stick with them so that they don’t run around and get lost in the process. In order not to lose them, you can have your contact information on their collars so that if they are found you can be contacted. This will help you not to lose them.
Do not be surprised or angry when you see your pets scared or acting in a strange manner, give them some time, they will come around although it might take some time, if you are patient with them and provide the needed support they will get used to their new home very soon. Permit them to sniff around their new home. Let them explore and discover things for themselves and they will come to terms that it isn’t such a bad place. For cats, they may hide in a closet or under the bed for some days. Show them where their box is, make them stay indoor more until they are familiar with the new neighborhood so that they don’t get lost. Ensure you provide their meals regularly even if they don’t eat, they are still likely to come back to eat at night or when you are not around. Exercise patience with them and they will soon get used to their new home sooner than you can imagine.
Arrange to be home for a few days
You can devote a few days or a week to be home with your pets in order to help them adjust to their new home. During this period, you can take time at intervals to spend time away from the home just to watch the reaction of your pets and see how they respond. Doing this will get them used to your not being at home when you eventually resume work, by this time they would have adjusted and should be more comfortable being home alone.
However, if you intend to resume home immediately after your move, then you might do well to employ the services of a pet sitter to come and keep the company of your pet. Adjusting to a new home can be tough and regardless of the type of pet you own, you have to try as much as possible to ensure you make them acclimatize to the new home gradually.
Get on their level
A way to ease your pets into their new home is to get on their level by spending time with them on the floor. This is a way to give them your personal attention and your scent will easily sink into the floor faster, this will make them feel more comfortable even when you are not at home.
You need to watch their mood swings and watch out for any sudden change in behavior like refusal to eat due to the stress they have undergone or if they start coughing or if they have diarrhea. All these are signs of stress and indicate there may be trouble, do not hesitate to take them to the veterinary as soon as possible.
Make the house a home
Place your pets bed, leash, and bowls in your new home the same way they are in your old home. This will make the whole thing look just the way they were in your previous home and they can feel more at home.
Get them acquainted to the new home
When you get to your new home, take the time to help your dog get acquainted with the new home by taking them around for a leash walk outside and inside so that they can get to know the environment, know what it smells like, and that way they can feel safer and secured.
Bring their favorites along
Do not fall for the temptation of getting your pet new accouterments, or new toys, this is a wrong time to get the new items. In place of this, keep their favorite crate, toys, bed, water and food dishes along with you to the new home. All these familiar items will make them feel almost the same way they used to feel in your old house. It will enable them to get used to the new home easily and thereafter, you can gradually introduce new items and toys to make them even happier.
Set up their space right
The right way to set up their space is to ensure it is not different from what they are used to in the old house. Maintain the same room set p, same bed, blankets, and toys just the way you have them in the former home. The idea here is to ensure that there is no much difference from what they used to have in their former room. This will go a long way in making your pets feel at home and will gradually get used to the new home sooner than later.
Use an anti-anxiety aid
If you have pets that are prone to anxiety, moving is likely to make it even worse. Hence, you might have to talk to your veterinary at least a month before your move to make preparation for anxiety medication. Another option you can use is to make use of calming aids, calming music, and zen collars among others. The most important thing is that you should pay attention to your pet’s state of mind so that you can know whether they will need anti-anxiety support.
Help them to expend energy
Exercise is a way of keeping anxiety in check and also a way to better manage stress. Hence, help your dog to exercise more by adding an extra game of fetch in the surrounding, or go on a longer walk than usual, this help to relieve the stress and calm them down. Remember you have new streets to explore and you surely will enjoy the long walk with your dog. This is a way to help your pet to let out energy that will help their transition into the new home and environment.
Moving with your pets
Request moving quotes from more than one moving company including cross country and interstate moving companies so that you can compare the quotes and also ensure you choose a moving company that has the facility to accommodate your pets especially if you are moving with more than one pet.
Remember, that the success of your move is largely dependent on how well they are able to help you handle all logistics involved in moving your household to your destination.
Overall, you have to be aware of the fact that your pets can be as tensed as yourself due to the stress involved with moving, and as a result of this, you need to make sure you manage your stress well and also do the same with your pets with a lot of patience with them and try as much as possible not to change their routines. Changing their routine can make things even worse for them. Your top priority to help them adjust to the home is to see the best way possible you can make things look unchanged to them. How well you are able to do this, we go a long way in helping your pets adjust to your new home. Don’t get tired if they do not adjust as fast as you want, give them, time, and space, and trust me they surely will adjust with time.
It is important that you study your pets ahead of the move to know the best manner to handle them and put in place measures that they are safe, and not overwhelmed with the stress they may likely undergo before, during, and after the move. Also, you have to be observant to monitor them for any change in behavior, mood after the move so that you can take necessary steps to ensure they are fine either by consulting your veterinary doctor or help them with anti-anxiety procedures.