It is a commonly held belief that moving is one of the most stressful events that can occur in a person’s life. But why is that?
Anyone who has moved knows that it requires planning, preparation, and a tremendous amount of hard work. Moreover, it disrupts our familiar daily routines, which is precisely what behavioral health scientists believe creates all the stress in the first place.
It turns out humans aren’t the only animals to thrive on normal routines. Fido does too.
When moving with pets it’s very possible they will get stressed, suffer from separation anxiety and do things like have an accident in the house, flee your new home in search of their old home, or maybe even chew up your Tom Ford or Manolo Blanik shoes.
When you are moving with your pet, keeping things as simple and relaxed as possible will go a long way in preventing bad pet behavior.Who wants to figure out how to calm a cat down?
While you’re getting everything boxed up and ready to go, also consider how to make the transition as smooth and orderly as possible with these essential tips to reduce pet stress when moving:
3 Tips to Reduce Pet Stress When Moving with a Dog
1. Visit the New Home with Your Dog
If possible, visit your new home with your dog on a leash before move-in day. Explore the rooms, yard, and neighborhood together. If you are moving far away and wondering how to ship a dog across the country or overseas check with your airline travel pet policy or look online to find a pet transportation service such as PetRelocation to help handle the logistics of shipping pets.
2. Perform a Pet Safety Check In
Perform a pet safety check in your new home: Is your fence/gate secure? Are there poisonous plants in the yard? Are there larger aggressive dogs in the neighborhood? During and after the move be sure things like bubble wrap, moving tape, and other tempting chewable items are properly put away and out of his reach.
3. Be Calm and Consistent
Be calm and consistent with your dog for the first several days and be sure to go for walks regularly. The Humane Society recommends to reward your dog with pinky sized treats and praise him often for good behavior, but don’t punish him for bad behavior. The experts say, as this could create unwarranted stress.
3 Tips to Reduce Pet Stress When Moving with a Cat
1. Confinement is Key
Confinement is key when it comes to moving a cat. At least for the first several days. Set up a “safe room” before the movers arrive. An extra bedroom or bathroom will suffice. Just be sure to tape a big note that say’s “Don’t Let the Cat Out!” on the door. Place the litter box, cat bed, food, water, and a few favorite toys in with your cat and let her be while everyone is busy moving.
2. Create Some Cuddle Time
After things have calmed down, create some time for kitty cuddling. Let her explore the inside of your new home on her terms. Keep in mind that just like humans, relocating is often more difficult for an older, or senior, cat than it is for someone who is younger.
3. Keep an Outdoor Kitty Indoors
Keep an outdoor or free-roaming kitty indoors for the first couple of weeks before accompanying her on a leash and harness to the backyard. Do this several times before finally letting her out of the house alone.
Things can get a little crazy when moving, but the first responsibility that comes with pet ownership is keeping your furry friends safe until they are settled.
Be sure Pet ID tags or other types ID are updated with your current phone number and new address information before the big moving day arrives.
Owning a pet is certainly worth all the effort. If you have specific questions or need additional information be sure to contact your veterinarian or local Humane Society for more essential tips.