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Moving with Pets

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Posted by: Lacey Everett on Sunday, March 13, 2016 at 7:00:00 am

Last May, we posted a blog about making moving easier on your kids. But what if your 'kids' are of the furry kind? Well, we have some tips for that too!

  • One of the top tips provided by the American Humane Society is to make sure your pets are collared with ID tags and/or microchipped. Moving requires a lot of in and out - and the last thing you want is for your pet to make an escape without those important tracking tools!
  • Additionally, keep in mind that the activities and sounds of moving day will be frightening to your pets, so it is important that they be kept in a secure area to reduce their stress as much as possible and to prevent an accidental escape. 
  • When it is time to actually transport the animal, make sure the crate or box is well ventilated, secured in the transportation vehicle and easy to move.
  • Several moving companies, with some experience in this area, suggest that you assign a family member or friend to caring for the pet or pets on moving day. There is a lot to do that day, so having one person tasked with caring for the pet, making sure it has ample food/water and an opportunity to use a litter box or yard in a regular basis will be very helpful.
  • Keeping up with your pet's general routine is also important to help with this transition. (Especially for cats, who do NOT like change at all -- I know this from experience!) If they eat at a specific time, take breaks or walks around the same time - try and stick with that even on moving day.
  • Love, love and extra love! Reduce your pets' stress with extra affection.

Following these simple guidelines will make this day much easier on all of you!

 

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