Moving to a new place can be taxing for anyone; more so if you are moving with pets. In America, more than 60% consider their pets to be members of their family, hence when they move to a new home, they do everything to guarantee the comfort and safety of all their non-human family members during the mayhem of moving.
To ensure the well-being and protection of your pets when relocating, always make sure that you hang on to your pet’s documentation and keep it safe with you. Moving with pets can be an upheaval. You don’t want to lose them in the commotion hence ensure that your pets are wearing collars or tags for proper identification or better still, micro-chipped them. It is also good advice to consult your vet before moving with pets to ensure that your darlings are in good health for traveling.
It would also be to your advantage if you keep your pet’s certificate of good health with you while traveling (especially if you are moving to another state) since most states will require one. In the mayhem of moving out and packing of things, your pet might stray into one of the boxes by mistake or might get hurt if you will leave them unsecured. Hence, you should ensure that they are secured while everyone is busy packing things, lest they might accidentally be packed into one of the boxes.
To avoid undue stress when moving with pets, it is well-recommended to plan your relocation well beforehand and prepare your pets for the move. The usual pets that most American families have are cats and dogs, unless of course if you are someone who prefers to raise bunnies, birds, monkeys or fishes as one of your non-human family members. Anyway, depending on the kind of pet you have, you need to prep them up for the move.
You should know that dogs are more tolerant of change in environment hence relocating your dogs won’t yield much of a problem. However, felines are more sensitive to their environment. This must be partly because we tend to interact with our dogs more, walk them in the parks and take them to other places. We don’t usually do this with our felines. Cats are actually more fixated on their environment. They don’t acclimatize to change as eagerly as canines and may display stress-induced changes in behavior.
To help your pets prepare for the move, you should help them adapt gradually to the relocation by acclimatizing them to it. Hence, if your cat is not used to being put in a carrier, gradually train her to go inside it, instead of scuttling under the table to doze. You can probably induce her to go inside the carrier by putting a favorite toy, blanket or something else that would definitely lure them inside. If you will just put her inside the carrier on the day of moving, you will definitely be confronted with defiant meows and antics. Better train and prepare them before the big day to avert any untoward scene with your feline.
While canines are easier to bring along on a short car trip, they might be a little vexed with very long rides. Hence, you might want to acclimatize him gradually over the weeks leaving to your relocation. Canines should be restrained or put in a carrier during the move especially if you are traveling with him in a vehicle. Unrestrained, dogs unexpected movements can compromise your safety while driving. There is also a great likelihood that your dog might escape from the vehicle and that would be a problem. Moving with pets need not be stressful if you make sure that everything and everyone is ready for it.