Moving day, just imagine it: The sun is shining, the weather
is just perfect, and you’re about to close one chapter and open a brand
new one. There’s so much possibility ahead! Although it may be exciting
and full of promise for you, moving can be a terrifying event for your
pets, even if you’re just moving down the street. Fortunately, you can
take a lot of steps to protect your furry, feathery and scaly pals in
these high stress times.

Your Moving Day Checklist: Pet Edition

Whether you’ve got a dog that you love, a cat that’s a handful or a
flock of chickens, moving with animals takes patience and attention to
detail in order to help them get through the process with the least
amount of stress possible. Remember that your pet doesn’t understand
what’s happening and that the noise, strangers and general chaos can be
terrifying for them.

Before you so much as begin to pack, it’s important to consider
what’s going to happen with your pets during your move. Here are some
things you can do to keep them safer and happier during the whirlwind
that’s to come:

  • Start practicing now. It’s likely your pet will
    need to be confined to a crate, bathroom or other safe space so that the
    door can be left open to move things out. Before the move starts, you
    can begin to get them used to the idea of being confined. Start by
    staying in or near the space with them and rewarding them when they
    relax (this could take some time at first, so be patient). As they get
    better at being confined with you, go farther and farther away, and for
    longer periods, rewarding them as they adjust to the situation.

Getting your pets used to being confined like this can help prevent
injuries to them should they frantically scramble to escape, and can
help you better see what kinds of things in those spaces may be
potentially dangerous when they’re left unattended on moving day.

  • Ask your vet. Your vet has all kinds of things in
    their dispensary for these one-time highly stressful events. They can
    make a specific recommendation based on your pet’s history and
    particular panic buttons, and also give you more behavioral tools to
    your own toolbox to help your pet cope. Absolutely ask your vet for help
    before you even book a mover or a moving truck.
  • Take frequent breaks. If you can, stretch your move
    out over a few days or a week so that your pets can have a breather
    from their safety spot. Depending on just how much there is to move,
    it’ll be easier on you, too. For example, you might move a lot of boxes
    on Monday, take the small appliances over on a Wednesday and then move
    the furniture on Friday. Giving your pet some time to shake off the
    stress will make the move a lot easier for them.
  • Consider a pet sitter. Longer moves may require you
    to be away for a while, which turns an already stressful situation into
    a potential for real trouble. A pet sitter will help fill your shoes
    while you’re moving, or while you’re taking care of getting the new
    place cleaned up and ready to go if your pet is very prone to stress in
    new situations. Just make sure to introduce the pet to the sitter ahead
    of time so they can get to know one another.

Make Your Move Easier with HomeKeepr

Not sure where to turn for a pet-friendly mover or a pet sitter who
can help tend your favorite furry friend while you’re away? Look no
further than HomeKeepr where you can find the perfect pet-friendly
moving team that can help you start your new chapter with as little
stress as possible.