Making the decision to move into a new home can be exciting, but the moving process places a lot of stress on everyone in your household. In order for your move to be successful, it's important that you take the time to consider how a new home can impact your pet.
Here are three tips you can use to help you safely move with your four-legged friend in the future.
1. Pack an overnight kit for your pet.
Moving your belongings from one home to another takes a lot of energy, and you might find that you don't have the desire to immediately begin unpacking once you get all of your boxes into your new home. Thinking ahead and packing an overnight kit for your pet will help reduce the stress of looking for food, litter, or other supplies the first night in your new home.
If you anticipate that it will take you some time to fully unpack your moving boxes, pack enough supplies to last your pet a few days. This will eliminate the stress of finding supplies within your packed belongings, and ensure that your pet has access to the food he or she has become accustomed to eating.
2. Keep your pet in a quiet area.
Moving day is often characterized by noise, chaos, and a lot of activity in both your new and old homes. The sights, sounds, and smells associated with the moving process can cause your pet to experience undue stress.
Making sure that your pet has a quiet place to wait out a move will significantly reduce the amount of stress your pet feels while you are moving. If you aren't able to have a trusted friend or family member watch your pet, you may want to consider taking your furry friend to a kennel until your move is complete.
3. Introduce familiar items as soon as possible.
Animals identify their surroundings through smell. If you want your pet to feel comfortable in your new home, you need to introduce as many familiar smells as possible.
Setting up your furniture, and giving your pet access to favorite toys, pet beds, or blankets can all be simple ways to help you pet feel more at home in your new house.
Moving with a pet can be a challenge, but you can easily reduce the amount of stress your four-legged family members feels during a move by packing an overnight kit, keeping him or her in a quiet area, and introducing familiar items as soon as possible after moving into a new home. To make things easier, consider reaching out to a mover like Bekins Van Lines Inc.