Moving isn’t always easy. In fact, one survey found that 45% of participants believed moving to be the most stressful life event – even over divorce!
When you’re moving, there are so many things to consider, from selling your current house to finding another perfect spot. If you have kids, you’ll have to think about school districts and extracurricular activities. You might have to change jobs, make new friends, etc.
But, when you have a family pet, it often adds one more stressful thing to think about to your list.
Thankfully, it doesn’t have to be that way. Moving with your four-legged friend can be easier than you might think.
Let’s look at a few tips that won’t just make moving, in general, easier, but will make sure you and your furry companion have a seamless, smooth transition to a new location.
1. Prepare a Pet “Overnight” Kit
If you’re moving a long distance, you might need to spend the night at a rest stop or a pet-friendly hotel along the way. One of the best things you can do to keep your furry family member comfortable and happy is to pack an overnight kit for them.
Chances are, you’ve packed away their food, toys, etc., in one of your moving boxes. So, make sure to have a least a little food, their water dish, and one or two of their favorite toys in a bag that is easily accessible. If you have to stop for any length of time, having these familiar things on hand will give your pet some comfort, and help to calm their nerves.
2. Reduce Their Stress
The moving process can be a hectic one. Try to keep your pets out of the action as much as possible. This is especially true if you choose to hire professional movers. A moving company will make the process much easier on you, but having strangers coming in and out of the house all day and taking things away can be stressful for your pet.
Try to keep them calm and reduce their stress by keeping them comfortable in one area of your home, or having a friend or family member watch them for a while why you pack and get your house cleared out.
3. Keep Your Pet in One Place
Once you arrive at your new home with your pet, it’s a good idea to keep them secluded for a while. Put them in a comfortable room with all of their things, and let them explore. They’ll be getting used to new sights, sounds, and smells. So, it’s best not to overwhelm them.
When they’ve gotten used to one room, show them another. Keep building on this pattern until they feel comfortable roaming through the entire house without getting overwhelmed. By going this route, you can make sure the moving experience is as positive for them as it is for you.
As you can see, moving with your pet doesn’t have to be difficult. For many people, pets are members of the family. Finding ways to make this process smooth will benefit everyone involved.