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Preparing Your Pets for a Move

The process of moving to a new house including packing, hiring movers, and everything else involved with it can be quite

stressful and exhausting. In fact, overwhelming might be the best way to describe it. One thing that many owners of pets need to remember is that as stressful as things are on you, your pets are probably feeling it as well. Pets can tell when something is going on that is different from the norm, so it’s up to you as a pet owner to do whatever you can to help ease their anxiety. Fortunately, there are proven steps you can take that can help you to reduce the stress of your pets so that the moving process will be as easy on them as possible.

1. Keep Your Pets Out Of The Way Of The Moving Company

If there is one thing that movers hate dealing with more than just about anything else, it’s having pets that are in the way while they are trying to work. Movers don’t get paid to deal with pets that are running around and getting in the way, they have more than enough work to do without this complication. What works best is to keep your pets away from the movers whenever possible. One way you can do this is by clearing out one room first, then keeping your pets back in that room until the movers are done loading up the moving truck.

2. Make Sure To Check On Your Pets Frequently

While keeping your pets in a secluded room is great for the moving company that you hire, it really isn’t that great for your pets. They already know that something is wrong, so placing them in a room alone where they can’t see you can just add more anxiety to the situation. One thing that tends to work very well is to make sure that you go into the room your pets are in on a regular basis and spend a few moments with them. Your pets are very emotionally connected to you, so when you have them secluded alone in a room where they can’t see you while you are moving, they may start to feel like you are abandoning them. So, take a few minutes and check on them frequently.

3. Transport Them In Your Car

While it might seem like common sense, the last thing you want to do is load up your pets in kennels or crates and then have the movers put them in the back of the moving truck. Not only is the back of a moving truck uncomfortable, it’s also a very stressful place for your pets to be. In fact, there’s a good chance that your pets are going to feel like you are shipping them off somewhere if you put them in the back of the moving truck. Instead of treating your pets like they are no more important than furniture, treat them as members of the family. If you want your pets to feel important, loved, and even more important that they are not being abandoned, then make sure that you transport them to your new home in your car.

4. Pack Up Some Of Their Supplies For Easy Access

The number one thing you should do when you are moving is to clearly label all of the boxes. Failing to label your boxes is going to make things much harder for you because you are going to have to dig through box after box to find the things that you need. When you have pets planning ahead is even more important. When you get to your new home you are going to need access to pet supplies so that you can care for them. You need their food bowls, water dishes, beds, toys, treats, leashes, and grooming supplies. It’s not like you can look at your dog and cat and tell them you’ll feed them tomorrow, you need to be able to take care of them right away. So, unless you want to have to run out to the store to get more pet supplies and food after moving, make sure that you have a box with their things in it that you can easily find and get access to.

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