Moving house is an incredibly stressful enough experience for any individual. It is even more stressful when you are a pet parent and can quickly go from worrying about breaking your favorite dishes to seeking emergency vet services for your pooch. However, there are things that you can do to make the move easy not only on you but also your furred best friend as shown below
Get your pet ready
Don't just pack up and go. This will stress out your pooch, and as you know, unlike you, animals do not handle the stress that well. Also, it is vital to note that thanks to the close connection that you share with it, your dog or cat will notice that something is up even before the move. All the activity around them, as well as your anxiousness, will freak them out which again as noted isn't good for their health.
Additionally, due to their playful nature, your pets can make things twice as hard for you as they may scratch on, chew or play with your moving supplies, for instance, bubble wrap or cardboard. Therefore, before the D-day, prep your pet for the move. You can do so by
- Getting your pooch used to the pet carrier. Whether moving across town or to a new state, the safety of your dog is of the essence. Thereby, ensure you get your pooch used to the pet carrier. Get one that is big enough for your dog or cat to lie, stand or turn effortlessly. Also, ensure that it is comfy enough by adding a blanket and a pillow inside it. If your pet has never been in a carrier introduce the idea slowly.
- Ensure that your furred best friend is comfortable with car travel. This is especially important if you are a cat parent.
- As noted earlier, pets will sense something's up even before you move. Cats are especially sensitive to changes in their environment. To help them warm up to the transition contact a reputable and pet friend moving company like SUNSHINE COAST STORAGE in advance so they can bring in the moving supplies early and give time to your cat to get used to them. Also, leave one of the rooms as it usually is, so Purina can have a haven to escape to when the actual packing and moving begins.
- Set up an appointment with your vet for final checks and vaccinations. Additionally, this last visit to your vet is crucial as he/she will give you referrals of great vets in your new location.
- Check out your new location and ensure it is pet-friendly. If possible, take your pets with you, especially if it's a dog, take a walk with it so that Fido can familiarize himself with the new scents.
During the move
It is incredibly easy for your pooch to escape during moving day and the last thing you want is to start searching for your beloved furred best friend when you are about to leave or when you reach your new home. Therefore, ensure your moving company is highly pet-friendly like SUNSHINE COAST STORAGE. The skilled staff are trained to handle pet moves and will ensure your pooch doesn't escape. Also, they will allow you to sit your pet as they handle the other aspects of moving such as packing up and later unpacking and arranging.
As a result, you get time to attend to your pet, easing its nervousness. During the move ensure you have all the necessary supplies such as harnesses and leashes, your cat's litter box, toys, treats and chew bones to help put your pooch at ease. Also contact your moving company in advance, if you'd like them to know of any particular concerns that you may have regarding Fido. If it is in the case of a long distance move, plan several stops along the way so your pet can have brief breaks. Again opt for pet friendly moving firms such as Sunshine Coast Storage as they understand you concerns and will customize your route so it includes as many stops as you need.
Once you are at your new home, you don’t have to worry about unpacking, as Sunshine Coast Storage will handle all that, help you arrange your home the way you want and ensure you are all cozy before they leave. Settling in shouldn’t be hard especially if you had already brought your pet over to your new location before you moved. If Purina is still anxious, you can help her settle in by making everything as familiar as it was before you moved. You can do so by bringing in the old toys and using the old blankets and pillows for a few weeks after the move so they can get used to their new home in a different environment. Stay in for the first few days, if possible one week so your pets can adjust to their new home.