When you are getting ready to move, you may not think about how your pet is going to react. Some animals get stressed out when they even see suitcases when you go on vacation. Having movers and other people in your home can make them feel overwhelmed and confused even though they can’t outright tell you how they are feeling. Help them feel more comfortable during this process. You are not the only one moving if there is a pet involved.
Isolate Your Pet
Whether or not your pet is small enough to get lost in the sea of boxes and furniture, keep them in a separate, closed room while you are tackling packing. Movers will also have a hard time getting around an animal when picking up heavy objects. You don’t want your pet in harm’s way. You also don’t want to stress them out by the site of random people in their homes. They are sensitive to emotions, as are humans.
A New Environment
Your pet does not understand that he or she will be going to live somewhere new. Especially if you’ve had the same space since you adopted your pet, that space is all they know. A new environment will bring new smells, textures, and sounds that can overwhelm and overstimulate them. Move everything from your current space before moving your pet.
Call Your Vet
Before you move, let your veterinarian know that your pet will have a new address. You would do the same for your doctor, dentist, or anywhere that will need your updated address. If you are moving far away from where you currently live, your vet may recommend a different veterinarian for emergencies so that you are close in case something happens.
Pack a Bag for Your Pet
When you finally are all ready to head over to your new space, it may be a while before unpacking everything. Make sure your pet has a bag or marked box of their essentials. If you have a cat, you’ll need quick and easy access to their litter and litter box when you first get to your new place to avoid any accidents.
Don’t Let Them Out
If you are driving a long distance to get to your new home, you may need to stop for gas or food along the way. Keep your pet inside the car so that there isn’t a chance of them getting away. Animals can get stressed on the road knowing they are going somewhere and may try to run off. If you have a dog that needs to use the bathroom, take them to a more secluded area of grass rather than on the side of the road or highway rest stop.
MacDonald Moving Services is here to assist our customers with high-quality moving procedures. If you have pets during the moving process, let us know! We can accommodate to the best of our ability. Give us a call at 800-225-0394 or fill out our contact form to get in touch.