Each year, nearly 10% of Americans will move to a new home. Many of them will be taking a pet. Unfortunately, it is difficult to help a pet understand why your routine and theirs was suddenly upended. However, there are some things you can do to make the experience easier for your fur babies.
- Avoid the action
Moving crews, open doors — even for humans who understand the rigors of moving, the moving day scene can feel chaotic. For dogs and cats, it can be traumatic. If you can leave your pet with a trusted family member or friend until all of your belongings have been transferred from the old location to the new one, it will save them some anxiety. If it isn’t possible, placing them in the quietest room available is better than having them underfoot and under stress.
- Maintain as much of their routine as possible
Most pets do best with a routine. If possible, keep your pet’s feeding schedule the same, as well as their walks and playtime.
- Pack your pet’s moving bag
Before moving, pack an overnight bag for your pet to keep their food and water dishes, favorite toys, medications and preferred blanket or bed handy for at least a few days until you begin settling in.
- Acclimate them to their carrier before moving day
If it has been months since your pet last used their carrier, put them in it for a few practice runs so that they are more comfortable when the time comes for them to travel to your new home in it.
- Allow them to adjust one room at a time
Place your pet’s food, water, beds and favorite toys in a quiet room that can serve as a home base for them as they adjust to the new sights and sounds.
- Update their information
Just as you need to update your mailing address with the post office, bank and others, you should update your pet’s microchip or tag info, as well as their records at their vet.
Moving to North Platte or the surrounding area? Let our experts at Gateway Realty help you find a new place for you and your pet. Contact us today to get started.