Moving doesn’t only affect the human members of your family, but the pets too! Your pet can
sense stress that their owners are feeling, and during this process probably have a lot of anxieties of
their own. Animals are habitual creatures, so when this suddenly changes they become confused and
anxious. Similarly to humans, animals also act out when they are under large amounts of stress and
discomfort. When faced with a move, how do we reduce our pets’ stress and how can we keep their
routine the same? We have the answers!
Tips: During the Packing Phase
- Keep everything normal
At the packing stage, it’s relatively easy to keep their schedule normal. Keep their feeding, exercise, and
bedtime around the same times.
- Pack them last
Leave all their food dishes, litter box, and pet beds until moving day. This will help your pet keep
comfortable and will prevent any “accidents” by keeping everything normal. Do this until you move
them to a transition space at the new property.
- Let them Explore
Pets love to explore, by leaving a couple of boxes empty on the ground they can make themselves
familiar with the object. This will ultimately lessen their anxiety and potentially become a new toy for
Tips: On Moving Day
- Move Them First
Save yourself a lot of trouble removing your pet(s) from the house before moving your possessions. Put
your pet in a safe space with all their belongings so you have one less thing to worry about. When
moving from one house to the other, doors are left open, people are running around moving heavy
boxes, and a pet can surely complicate things.
- Reduce the Stress
If it’s not possible to move them into a room of the new house, have a room picked and cleaned out
before your moving date. That way, they will be comfortable in a familiar space, and people won’t rush
in and out of the room. Background noise like a radio or television is also comforting for pets. It helps
muffle out the loud noises that comes from moving.
- Identification Is Key
Since there are many opportunities for pets to escape during moving day, it’s of the utmost importance
to have identification on your animal(s). It’s a good idea to ensure your pet has a proper collar as well,
and that it’s tight enough to avoid them slipping out. A good way to measure the collar’s tightness is by placing two fingers under the collar. With your fingers under the collar, there should be minimal room between your pets neck and the collar. Microchipping your pet is also a good idea, as a pet care technician can quickly help you locate your pet.
Cats should be transported to the new home in a carrier on the floor of the back seat to avoid any hard
impact, and dogs should be in the back seat with a dog seat-belt. This protects both your animals and
the passengers in the vehicle. A hard stop can seriously injury your dogs and those in it’s path.
NEVER leave your pet unattended in a vehicle. The temperature in the vehicle might seem a little warm,
or a little cold, but that can drastically change in a matter of minutes. Sadly, each year thousands of pets
who succumb to heatstroke each year are those left in a hot car.
Bring all your pets belongings (dishes, food, leash, toys, bedding, litter box, medications) in the car with
you and your pet. Consistency is the best way to make the transition smooth for your pet. Their items
should be set up first in the new property.