There’s always a lot going on when moving day rolls around. But adding pets into the mix makes an already complicated situation even more complex.
After all, doors are left open; people go in and out for hours on end, and heavy items are lifted and set down — it’s enough to stress out pets and pose a safety hazard.
These pro tips will help you move safely with your pets in tow.
1. Keep Calm (and Pass it Along)
There’s no way around it: moving is stressful. And as much as moving causes anxiety and worry in humans, it stresses out pets, too.
Pets can pick up on their humans’ emotional state, which exacerbates their own stress. Help your pets by doing your best to keep your calm. Stomping, raising your voice, and other stress signs can upset your pets.
Avoid moving day confusion by giving yourself plenty of time to pack. Starting weeks (or months) ahead of moving day will help eliminate problems and issues at the end.
2. Take Pets Elsewhere on Moving Day
When moving is in full swing, doors will open and shut as movers go in and out. As a result, an entry will inevitably be left open. The last thing you want is for your beloved pet to slip out.
The best way to ensure pets stay where they should be is to take them somewhere else on moving day. Whether this is to a friend or family member’s home or a pet daycare center, moving pets off-site helps them stay safe.
If taking your pets somewhere else on moving day isn’t realistic, consider designating a room in your home a “pet room.” Before moving day, clear out your belongings and all boxes in that room so your pet can take over the room on moving day. Let movers and helpers know they are in that room and shouldn’t open the door.
3. Crate Train Your Pet
It’s not always practical to take pets off-site or reserve a room just for them on moving day. You may consider putting your pet in a crate instead.
Think of a crate as a cozy haven for your pet. Getting them used to it may involve training, but you’ll be glad once moving day arrives. Pet crates also offer a safe way to transport your pet in the car on your way to your new home.
4. Pack a Special Pet Suitcase
Make your life easier on moving day by packing a special bag just for your pet. It may contain:
- Water and food dishes
- Favorite toys
- Bed or blankets
- Leash and collar
- Any medication
- Vaccine/vet records
- Grooming items
- Trash bags
Pack anything you think you’ll need on moving day and the first few days in your new house.
Moving is a stressful process for everyone — including your pets. Between loud noises, unfamiliar people in the house, moving furniture, and disrupted schedules, pets can experience anxiety and stress. Fortunately, you can help them weather the storm and safely adjust to their new home.
Let us make your move easier. Contact us today for a free quote. We can help get your family to your new home so that you can focus your attention on them and your pets.