Keys to Helping Your Pet During a Move
Moving can be stressful, a fact that everyone understands; but what is the effect of a move on pets? Sure they aren’t helping pack their toys and store their beds until move-in day, however, they are still affected by the energy and chaos a move brings. So how can you make a time of transition as safe and easy as possible for your pets? For some helpful tips, we turned to the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®), an organization that specializes in the respectful treatment of animals.
Packing up your home: Bring in moving boxes early so your pet considers them part of the space; and save their favorite room or spot to pack last. This will ensure they are as comfortable as possible while you are filling boxes.
Planning your road trip: Many pets do not spend time in a crate or car. Whether you are moving near or far, you can prepare them for this part of the move by adding car time to their routine; as well as crate time both in the house and out and about.
Pet-proofing your new home: Get your new home ready for your pet. Hide electrical cords, cover nooks where they could get stuck, make sure window screens are secure, and confirm nothing poisonous to pets has been left in or around the house, like pest-control traps or plants.
Settling in: Your new, unfamiliar space, can be overwhelming to a pet. Introduce them to their new home gradually, one room at a time. The process may be slow but helping them feel comfortable is the ultimate goal.
After reading the ASPCA article, the key takeaways were:
- Stick to your pet’s routine, and
- Make your pet as comfortable as possible.
Hopefully these tips from the ASPCA help you do just that, and your move goes smoothly for the new homeowners, both furry and not so furry!