Moving With Cats and Dogs

Moving to a new place can be exciting and stressful even for the most accomplished mover. We have moved several times local and long distance and cannot recall any of them being stress free. Although we all experience stress when moving, lets not forget our beloved four legged family members. They too experience stress and anxiety when you make a move.

Dogs do better when moving than cats as they tend to be more social. However, it does not mean that they don’t sense change with moving boxes scattered through out the house. Try to make your pet become part of the process, involving them while packing rather than putting them in a crate.

Prior to the big move date, try to bring your dog to the new home if possible. This will make the new house familiar to them when they finally get there. Also, take your dog on a walk in the new neighborhood so it can get use to its new surroundings.

When moving your cat, you will need to get a cat carrier. In advance of the move, take the cat on short rides in the carrier. Each time they will be less stressed as they get use to the carrier and motion of the car.

Upon arrival day, be sure to stay with your pet. They will need time to get adjusted to their new surroundings and may need your comfort. Cats typically will hide and or find a dark space to stay in until they become comfortable with the new surroundings.

In some cases, skittish cats may need to be sedated the day of a move. If you have a pet that is skittish or suffers from anxiety, consult your veterinarian to see if sedation is a good option. This may be a good option in some cases to make the move more tolerable for your pet.

With any change, often comes stress. This goes for us and our four legged loved ones. If you have any suggestions to make a move less stressful on your pet, we would love to hear them.

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