Imagine that one day, everyone around you started acting strangely and, suddenly, all the familiar things in your world were being moved or started disappearing. Perhaps most confusingly of all, you didn’t have a clue as to why any of it was happening.
If you can picture that scenario, you’d start to get an idea of what your dogs and cats go through during a move. Yes, moves are stressful for you, but at least you know why things are happening. Most importantly, you know that, at some point in time, they will return to normal.
Whether you’re moving across the country or just across town, your pets will pick up on the fact that something’s going on, from just about the moment you start thinking about the move. As moving day approaches, and on the day itself, they’ll certainly be more than a little confused and stressed.
So, while you have and endless list of things to do, make it a point to show your pets a little more love and attention throughout the moving process. And that’s just one of the things you can do to make moving to a new home less stressful for them.
1. Get Them Used to a Crate
Especially for long-distance moves, and if the family is travelling to their new home on a plane, bus or train, your pets will be housed in a crate for at least part of the journey. Start getting them familiar with the crate long before the move. Using a crate is a good idea even if you’re just driving to your new home.
2. Keep their Favourite Things Close at Hand
If you’re transporting yourself to the new location, make sure to have treats, medications, food, leashes, toys and litter bags with you.
3. Plan to Make ‘Pet’ Stops
While these might coincide with regular stops you’d make anyway, definitely don’t try to ‘push through’ on a long-distance drive without thinking of pets first. Getting a chance to exercise will relieve some of their stress.
Even if you do try to make time for your pets while planning and making your move, it’s easy to forget that they’re at least as stressed as you are. Anything you do to help them through it will help both of you.