Happy Friday everyone. Today’s post is dedicated to all of you out there who are as nuts for your pets as I am. Here are some tips to keep in mind when you’re moving with your four legged loved ones.
1. Find the right spot.
Your dog may or may not spend a good 5-10 minutes finding the right spot before marking their territory. I ask that you spend more than just a few moments considering if your new home is safe for you and your pets. Ask yourself: Do we need a fence? Is this a busy street? Are there dog parks or trails near by?
2. How will your layout affect your pet?
Do you have a sweet old lab with a white snout and arthritis or active cats that love to play indoors? Remember that cats need plenty of vertical space to live their 9 lives in and old Blue isn’t going to do well with a huge flight of stairs to go up and down (multiple) times a day.
3. Don’t pack all at once. And pack your pet’s special space last.
Pets don’t do well with sudden changes so please do them a favor and leave their special spot last on the packing list. You will thank me later when they don’t a. run away or b. start acting out.
4. Moving day and pets don’t get along.
When moving day arrives bring your pet(s) to the neighbors, a friends house, or your regular boarder. Not only is it stressful for them to be in their kingdom when things are disappearing and people are in and out; it’s down right dangerous for everyone involved. It’s not worth someone tripping over your fur ball or them getting out through the (wide open) front door and running away from all the chaos.
If you simply cannot part with your pets on moving day, find a quiet secluded room they can play in. New toys or bones will help occupy them. Keep their routine in tact by not skipping that ritualistic morning walk or afternoon game of fetch.
5. Your pets need a forwarding address too.
Update their I.D. Tags and Microchips with your new phone number and address. Another tip: update your old neighbors with your new contact info. Most times if your pets run away after moving into the new home, they find their way back to your previous home. Find this adorable tag and others like it from Etsy Shop Critter Bling.
6. Help them adjust.
Before you introduce your pets to the new environment, unpack their special things first. Lay out their bed, toys, blankets and set out their food and water bowls. Introduce them to the new home one room at a time and let them sniff, sniff, sniff every square inch.
7. Lastly, spoil them.
Dogs and cats can feel ignored and confused in this type of situation so please take a few moments throughout the day just for them. New toys and 5 minutes of fetch can do wonders for their emotional well being as well as their adjustment to the new environment.
Let me know if you’ve had successful or horrible moving situations with your pets. I’d love to hear about your experiences.