Many of us don’t like moving day, and that includes your pets! New situations and rapid changes, like moving to a new home, can put a lot of stress on dogs and cats. If you’re finding your pet is having trouble dealing with all of the packing, additional check-ups, and moving day activities, here are a few tips you can follow to reduce their stress and keep them comfortable.
1. Make Sure They Have Updated ID Tags
In all the chaos of packing the moving van and saying goodbye to your old home, the last thing you want is for your pet to get lost. In the days leading up to the move, check to make sure your pet’s collar fits well and has tags that display your name and phone number. You may also want to take your dog or cat to the vet to be microchipped.
2. Let Your Dog or Cat Ride with You
If you’re planning to drive to your new home, keep your pet with you on the trip. Let your dog ride with you in the front seat and pamper your cat with reassuring scratches behind the ears. Bring your pet’s favorite toy, leash, blanket, extra towels, first aid supplies, medical documents, and any other items you might need for the trip.
3. Take Frequent Breaks on the Trip
On long car rides, stop by rest areas along the way for a bit of fresh air. Let your dog run around (on the leash, of course), use the bathroom, and drink some water. For cats, it’s best to stay in the car and let your cat out of the carrier to use a disposable litterbox. Never leave your pet alone in the car.
4. Reserve a Pet-Friendly Hotel Ahead of Time
If your move is long enough that you plan to spend the night at a hotel, make sure you book a room that allows pets. Not all hotels allow dogs or cats, so make sure to plan accordingly. When you arrive at the hotel, check around the room for any potential hiding spots and hazards before you let your pet off the leash or out of the crate.
5. Secure Your Pet in a Closed Room
Once you arrive at your new home, keep your pet in a crate or closed room. This is the best way to prevent your pet from running away should they become frightened by the new surroundings. Check on your pet frequently, but don’t let them out of the room until you have finished unpacking and the movers have left.
6. Keep the Routine Consistent
While dogs are better at adjusting to new places, cats aren’t as comfortable. The best way to reduce stress is to keep as much consistency in the daily routine as possible. On the trip, feed your pet the same amount of food at the same time of day, surround their bed with familiar scents and their favorite toys, and spend plenty of time playing with them. The same applies for when you arrive at your new home.
Moving with pets can be a challenge, especially if your dog or cat is slow to adjust to the new home. The best thing to do is to be patient. They will feel right at home soon enough.
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If you are searching for a home in Broomfield and need information about the area, additional moving and packing tips, and other helpful resources, we’d be happy to help. As Broomfield real estate experts, we can handle all the details so you can focus on what matters. Call us at (303) 548-8231 and let’s talk about your plans.