Getting ready for a big move? Congratulations!
Moving to a new home should be an exciting time in your life. Keep in mind, however, that moving is also a stressful time in our pets’ lives.
If you and your furry friend are planning to move in the near future, I put together eight tips for moving with pets and making that transition a little easier.
- Get your pets used to the moving boxes and supplies. Start introducing new boxes, bins, and other tools necessary for moving as soon as you bring them home. The more your pet sees them, the more they will get used to the idea of new items entering their safe space.
- Prepare an overnight kit for the big day. This should include your pet’s favorite toys, pillows, and blankets in addition to their daily food, medication, and walking leashes. Your pet should feel more comfortable surrounded by familiar items.
- Research a new veterinarian if you’re moving far away. Always be prepared with a vet on standby when introducing your pet to something new. Moving can cause anxiety, irritability, or an upset stomach to name a few possible scenarios your pet may experience.
- Keep your pet in a safe space. This is both for moving out of your old home and moving into a new place. Keep your pet in its own room with its favorite comfort items. This will give you the chance to focus on the move and also create a new, safe space for them in the new home. Try to keep them secured until the new space is ready for the big introduction.
- Ride with them in your vehicle during the move. Don’t put them in an unfamiliar car with your friends or parents. They want to be with the person who makes them feel safe and secure. Remind them they are safe and continue to talk to them – your voice might be all the comfort they need.
- For long-distance moves, prepare yourself for the journey. In addition to potty breaks, your pet will need fresh water, time to stretch their legs, and comfort. Traveling is already anxiety-inducing for animals, so try to make it easy. Also, don’t forget to double-check that your hotel is pet-friendly!
Looking to buy or sell a new home? I can help you out with that! I have been a full-time realtor for over 24 years working extensively with people moving to and from Pennsylvania and Maryland. Visit my website at www.karentavenner.com or call me at 717-253-3259 (cellphone).