Pets can easily feel stressed when unexpected activity takes place in their home or when they are introduced to a new setting.
Bear in mind that pets are used to the setting in which they roam, so putting them in a car or plane to relocate won’t always result in a positive response. Nevertheless, these tips will make the process as simple and smooth as possible.
Introduce a Crate
Whether you’re relocating with cats or dogs, you’ll want to introduce your pet gradually to the new crate before the trip begins. This way, the pet will be more comfortable on the moving day.
Make sure you leave the crate a few weeks before the move to encourage the pet to crawl in and explore. You could even leave a dog treat or catnip inside, so it can check it out.
You should also ensure it has enough ventilation. If you’re moving with cats, be sure to include a litter tray.
Keep Your Pet Distracted
Packing will make dogs and cats uneasy, so prevent them from being nervous by confining them to a crate or kennel. You should also provide toys to keep them occupied while helping them exert their tense energy.
On the moving day, consider taking an anxious pet to a friend’s place or boarding it at a local day care to relieve them and you of the stress.
Keep Food and Medications on Hand
Avoid packing all your pet’s essentials. Instead, make sure you have some of its food and medication on hand just in case.
In case of an emergency, it’s advisable to keep at least a week’s worth of medication and food. It’s also important you request your veterinarian for an additional prescription refill before moving.
Update the Tag
Ensure your pet has a study collar with an identification tag that’s labeled with your present contact information. The tag must include your telephone number, destination location, and cell phone number so you can be reachable during the move.
Avoid Motion Sickness
Like humans, felines and canines can get motion sickness and even experience dehydration throughout the car ride. You don’t have to offer water and food to your cat if the trip is less than eight hours.
You’ll discover that most pets won’t drink or eat anything in a moving vehicle. If you know your cat’s stomach is sensitive, avoid feeding it within four hours of the trip.
For dogs, provide plenty of water and light feedings at regular intervals. It’s important to note that wet food can provide more benefits in terms of hydration compared to its dry counterpart.
However, if your dog is not accustomed to this kind of food, this isn’t the time to make the introduction.
Prep Your New Place for Pets
Pets may be confused and frightened in new settings, so set out all the necessary and familiar things your pet will require immediately upon your arrival at the new place. This includes water, food, medications, toys etc.
Packing these items in a handy place will help you unpack them right away. Make sure you keep all doors and external windows closed when the pet is unsupervised. You should also beware of narrow gaps between or behind appliances where your nervous pet is likely to hide.
Although moving to a new place can be stressful on pets, you can make the process a bit calmer for them.
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