Moving can be stressful. From packing up all of your belongings to driving to your new home and organizing everything. Now imagine, you don’t know what is going on. You wake up on a nice day and suddenly there is a flurry of activity and someone is taking all of the familiar things away. That is how your pets feel when it is time to move. Pets do not easily adapt to change or new environments. So how can you move your pets with as little stress as possible? Check out these seven tips!
Tags and Chips
For most people, the first stop after signing the lease is a stop for packing supplies. But before you pick up your boxes, it is important for you to make sure your pets’ collar tags are up to date. This can be done with a trip to your local pet store. If your pet does not usually wear a collar, make sure to pick one up at the store as well. Pets often escape when moving because of the loud noises as well as the change. Updated tags will ensure your furry friend makes it back to you. If your pets are already microchipped, make sure the information is current. If they are not microchipped, make a trip to the vet in case your fur baby runs away from home.
Setting Out the Carrier
It is important for your pets to know they are they moving well in advanced. This is done by getting your pets used to their carriers or crates. Well before the move, put out the crates so your pets can get used to them, put their scent on it, and feel safe about getting inside. Fill the crate with their favorite items and maybe your old t-shirt so they can be comforted by your scent.
Make a Plan
Unlike your couch and tables, movers will not be able to transport your pets so it will be up to you to transport them. If you don’t own a car, consider renting one or calling a friend for help. If you have moved with your pets before, you know how they will react to the drive. If you haven’t, try not to feed your pets too much on the move or withhold food all together so they do not get motion sick on the ride to your new apartment.
Moving Madness Alternatives
If your pets do not do well with loud noises or are especially skittish, you may want to think about some alternatives. Ask a friend or neighbor to take your pet for the night while all of your furniture is being relocated into your new apartment. You could also take your pets to a doggie daycare or kennel until you have your new apartment set up. With these alternatives, your moving day will be less stressful for you and your pets.
These are just some of our tips for moving with your pets. For more information, check back for part 2 of this series!
Moving with Your Pets with Harborside Village Apartments!
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