Moving is stressful for most of us but can you imagine how stressful it is for an animal who has no sense of what is going on? It may be impossible for them to not experience any kind of stress when uprooting them to a new home but making the transition as smooth as possible will help. Here are a few solutions to help make the move on your pets easier:
Visit Your Vet
Make sure all of their shots and prescriptions are up to date. Depending on where you move- the HOA or apartment management may have a strict pet policy and will most likely request a list of your pet’s updated vaccinations directly from your vet. Be sure to have a copy of that handy when you arrive to pick up your keys.
Make sure their tags are up to date
After your move, make sure the address and contact phone number on their tags are updated.
Keep your pets secluded
While you are packing and unpacking be sure to keep your pets secluded. This will allow them to slowly adjust to the new environment. Leave treats, stuffed Kongs and familiar toys to distract them from all of the chaos of moving.
Create a space specifically for them
Having your pet on a set routine or by putting their food and water bowl in the same spot during your move will give them a sense of security. This will also get them used to feeling safe in a home where their belongings are.
Animals are place sensitive, so whether it takes a week or months for them to adjust, remember to be patient and make them feel as safe and loved.