Tips For Moving With Pets

Dated: 10/03/2017

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If you are a pet owner, you’ll understand what I mean when I say that you go over and beyond for your pets everyday. They mean the world to you, and you’ll do whatever you can to make them happy. For pets, moving to a new home may be the most stressful situation they face in their lifetimes. That’s why we as pet owners will do whatever we can to make the experience as positive as we can. If you are considering, in the process, or will be moving in the future, take the time to read how you can alleviate some of your pet’s stress during a move.

Create a safe place for your pet

Generally speaking, pets are creatures of habit. As soon as change occurs, such as a new home, they are instantly put at alert and may develop a certain level of anxiety. While eliminating this entirely is not realistic, we can do our best at creating an environment that reduces anxiousness. The best way to do this is to bring toys, kennels, blankets, etc that they are used to. They will find comfort in these items and this will hopefully help out with their anxiety.

Keep your pet secluded during moving day

What could be more stressful for a pet than seeing your owner going in and out of a new place? With all the commotion, it’s easily understandable why this can be such a traumatic event for our pets. In order to combat this stress, try secluding your pet in a room that won’t see much foot traffic so they are able to relax and focus on other things.

Pack an “overnight” bag

One mistake that happens all the time is packing all of the pet food, toys, dishes, etc in an unmarked box. This isn’t a problem until you get to dinner time for your pet and realize you have no idea what box all of the items are in. To avoid this, create an “overnight” bag that has all of the essential items your pet will need during the night of the move.

While creating a flawless move for our pets is not realistic, it’s our responsibility to make it the best experience we can for them. I’m interested, what other tactics work well for you during a move for your pet?

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Paula Schoof

Paula is a lifelong resident of the Cedar Valley. She and her husband Rich are both graduates of UNI with BAs in Business Management. She spent many years as a Sales Representative for RJ Reynolds and....

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