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Apr 16, 2021

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Moving can be a stressful time for people, but it can be even more stressful for pets because they don’t understand what’s going on! Here are a few tips to help make your move with your pet as smooth as possible and help them make the transition even easier.

Create a Checklist

  • Determine how you’ll transport your pet:
    Will it stay in a crate or sit in the car with the family? Is your pet used to a crate? If not, get it acclimated to the crate before the trip.
  • Fish - take it or leave it?
    Fish don’t respond well to stress, including moving homes. For a short distance, you may be able to put the fish in a bag with its old tank water. For a long trip, it might be better to give the fish to a good home and buy a new fish at your new home.
  • Gather important documents:
    If your new home is in a different town, get your pet’s medical records from the vet. Make sure you have up-to-date pictures of your pet available in case you get separated.
  • Bring the essentials:
    Don’t let the movers pack up everything. Make sure to keep the essentials for your pet such as food, crate, a collar, and a leash. If you have a cat, make sure you have the kitty litter available too!

Spend Time Together

Once you arrive, it will take your pet some time to get used to the new home. Different types of animals react in different ways to a new home, so keep that in mind. For example, your cat may try to escape. They might not like the new sights and smells, so keep your windows closed and quickly close the door behind you. Dogs tend to be more curious than cats, so they’ll want to explore the new home right away. Try walking them on a leash around the home, yard, and neighborhood. They probably won’t be as anxious as a cat, but it may still take a few days to get used to the new place. Most importantly, your cat or dog may not eat well due to the anxiety of being in a new place and may also have some unexpected “accidents”. We recommend staying home with your pets for those first few days after you move. That allows you to be their “comfort zone” while they get used to the new place.

Set a Routine

The sooner you get into a normal routine, the better. Walk your dog at the same time every day. Sit down or play with your cat as part of your routine, such as in the morning before breakfast or after dinner. Your pet wants life to get back to normal as soon as possible. By getting into a routine, they can know what to expect and relax in their new home.

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