Is moving day coming up soon for you? I bet you’ve got lists for everything and a plan for moving day to ensure you leave nothing out! In your planning, have you made a special one for your pets? There’s so much to think about as you get ready to move. I’ve put together my best tips for ensuring your furry family members experience the least amount of stress on moving day, too! Add some of these tips to your plan to make it an easier transition for all of you.
Use a Crate
On moving day, no matter how much planning you do, there’s bound to be some chaos. Add to that a stressed out dog and cat running underfoot, and you just might have a recipe for the most stressful day of your life! Plan to leave your pets with a sitter or crate them on moving day. If those aren’t options, a bathroom or other small room is a good place for them to stay. Make sure to place a water bowl, favorite toy and anything else that’s needed, like a litterbox, in the room, too. And place a sign on the door alerting everyone not to open it!
Pack a Special Box
Pet food, leashes and feeding bowls are not items you want to pack in the depths of the boxes in the moving truck. Grab a special bag or box, and make sure to pack it with you in the car. This way you’ll be able to easily access everything your pet needs on the other end.
Plan Travel Around Pets
If you’re making a long-distance move, make sure you’ve factored your pets into your travel plan. Map out frequent stops where your pets can use the bathroom, drink some water and eat meals if needed. Just like us, pets need to get out regularly and stretch their legs.
Allow Them to Explore
You already have an idea of what your new home looks like, but it’s going to be all new to your pets! If you can, keep them crated until things settle down. Once all the boxes are inside, supervise your pet as he explores. Make sure there is nothing he can get into or that could harm him as he learns his way around.
Establish Your New Routine
It’s important to get your pet back into a regular routine as soon as possible in order to avoid accidents or behavior changes. While you still may experience some because of the drastic change, keeping a predictable, comforting schedule will help. Factor in a few extra potty breaks for dogs to help them learn which door to go to when they need to go out. And deliver kitties to their litterbox a few times to make sure they know where it’s located. Feed and walk your pets on their previous schedule, too.
Ask for Vet Recommendations
If you’re new to the area, make it a priority to locate a reputable veterinarian. Ask neighbors and search Yelp reviews to help you choose. Though your pet may not be in need of a checkup for a while, you never know when an emergency could arise and you’ll need to be prepared!
Moving day isn’t easy for us humans, and we generally know what to expect. Imagine what goes through our pets’ minds! You can help reassure them by following the tips above and remaining as calm as you can throughout the process. Your positive demeanor goes a long way in conveying to your pets that all is well.