Moving into a new house can be an exciting experience to say the least, but it can also be super stressful and this is especially the case when you have pets to take with you.
(especially when you have three cats!)
After all, you can’t exactly sit down and have a full conversation with your pets about their new home and all the fun that they are going to have there. For this reason, your pets may find the whole process very stressful and they may even make it much harder for you to concentrate on getting everything else done as well.
If you want to avoid all of this then it helps to plan in advance so you can make moving for your furry friend as trauma-free as possible.
Find the Right Home
If you have a child, chances are you wouldn’t want to move to an area that does not have any local amenities nearby, would you? The same concept applies if you have a pet.
If you have a dog, for example, then you need to make sure that there are plenty of areas for you to take them out on walks and you also need to make sure that there are dog parks as well.
Before you move, find out if there are any other pet owners nearby and chat with them about the area. You never know, some of them may even be willing to dog sit when you are at work or cat sit when you’re on vacation — that’s a great relationship for you to have.
Don’t Pack All At Once
Pets get very nervous when big changes happen to their local environment or around the house (not just if you’re downsizing to a “tiny” house).
If you pack up your rooms over time then you can make things much easier for cats and dogs alike. You do need to make sure that your cat has a lot of access to the room they spend a lot of time in, and this is the room that you need to pack up last. This can be their safe place if they do happen to experience a lot of anxiety so it is well worth saving. You may find it difficult to leave this room until last, but it will work wonders when it comes to keeping your cat calm.
Move Your Pet
Put your pet in a single room when the moving company or moving van comes onto your street. You also need to let the movers know that the room that your pet is in will need to be dealt with last. It is also a good idea for you to put some of their favorite items in that room as well, like a bed or toy, so that they feel comforted.
If you have a dog and the move involves a long trip, consider taking them out for a walk first and offer them some food and water before you go.
If you have a cat, contact your cat’s veterinarian about natural products to help with stress.
Of course, if your pet has a microchip then this will need to be updated for when you move so that the vets have the right address for you if something should happen along the way or even in the near future.