Moving day is definitely an exciting time – but it can also be pretty stressful. And not just for you, but for your pet as well. Between the chaos of strangers in your home, the front door being open the majority of the time, and the loud noises of last minute boxes being taped and shuffled around, it can cause a lot of anxiety for animals.
Whether you have furry, feathered, and scaly friends, there are some things to consider before the big move. It takes some patience and understanding on your part to help protect them, so use these tips as a way to prepare ahead of time, so your pets stay safe and content on moving day.
Crates and Confinement
If your furry friend will need to be crated or stay in a particular room of the home during your move, make sure you get them used to that space beforehand. A couple weeks before moving day, start preparing them. For example, if they’ll be in a crate, add their favourite toy or blanket for added comfort – both physically and mentally – and praise them for the time spent in the crate, so they get excited to be in there. You can do the same thing if they’ll be staying in a spare room; but to get them more used to the area behind a closed door, sit with them in the room at first, then eventually allow them to be in the room on their own. Reward them for being calm (this is when your patience comes in handy). The more relaxed they are, the less likely there will be any injuries or accidents the day of the move.
Conversations with Your Vet
If your pet is prone to being anxious, there are a variety of options that can help keep them safe and composed. Depending on your vet’s recommendation, there is everything available from highly cognitive toys that can work as a distraction, to behavioural training, to medication that can assist with calming them down. You want to make sure you’re doing what’s best – and healthy – for your pet, so ensure you’ve checked with your vet before administering any kind of medicinal treatments.
Consider Stretching It Out
If you don’t have to move everything all in one day, breaking it down into chunks of time can help alleviate some of the stress on the animals. It actually might even be easier for you too if it’s stretched out over a week or so; smaller boxes could be moved first, then leading up to the larger items. If you’re hiring a moving company, moving some of the little things ahead of time could actually save you some money in the long run.
Of course, one of the best ways to help ease your peace of mind in knowing that your pet will be safe during the entire process of your move is to have a trusted pet sitter to take them to a comfortable and fun environment until you’re settled and ready to let them roam free in your new home!
Are you considering making a move into a home that suits you better? Give the Bryce Hansen Team a call today at 250.702.6493; from helping you find your perfect Comox Valley home, to recommending services to keep your pets safe, we’ll work together to make your move as smooth as it can be!