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Moving with pets

Moving can be one of the most stressful life events that you will have to tackle, and it can be very stressful for your pets too. In the middle of moving boxes, packing and driving trucks you might not realize how stressed your pet feel too. To make the transition as easy as possible for your pets, follow these tips:

  1. Packing – if you have cats you must know that cats aren’t big fans of change. So, if you know you need to start packing, try to start bringing in moving boxes early and keep your pets in a room that you plan to pack up last. This will help get your pets adjusted to the moving situation.
  2. Be consistent – it is important to keep your pet’s routine schedule for feeding, walks, playtime, cuddling and bedtime even in the middle of the moving mess. If your dog is used to having a dog door, arrange for that right away. Try to keep things as they were in the old home.
  3. Bring favorites – you may feel tempted to buy new toys for your pet, but this is not a good time to introduce new items. Instead, bring your pet’s favorite items: bed, toys, food, water, etc. and put them in similar places they were in the previous home.

Make your pet feel safe – During the move, make sure your pet feels safe. Many dogs and cats can feel unsafe and anxious in the middle of boxes, so consider leaving them with a family member during the move, joining you once you’ve unpacked.

Source: AARP and ASPCA

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