Maybe you’ve decided the times right to make a big move and you’re excited to start your new life. This is all well and good, but your pet may not be feeling the same way! Some animals take time to adapt to their surroundings and feel safe when things are familiar and they’re in a routine. Taking all this familiarity away from them, can mean a huge amount of stress and could take them a while to get used to the new home.
Have a read through the top tips below to keep your pet calm when moving house. With a little extra thought, you can make the move as stress free for your pets as possible.
Give a Calming Herbal Supplement
Packing the house up and having mountains of boxes everywhere, is going to be a stressful situation for you and your pets. Pets enjoy stability, so think about keeping their area untouched for as long as possible. A natural health supplement like PetCalm which is filled with hop’s, skullcap, valerian, St Johns wort and capsicum powder, is a great way to help your pet face the stress of the move.
Consider a Pet Sitter on Moving Day
While some pets might enjoy the chaos running around wildly to see what’s in all of the boxes, some will hide under the nearest bed to distance themselves from the noise. If your pet falls into the latter category, it may be best to remove them from the situation for the day and have a friend or qualified sitter to look after them.
Have a Suitable Carrying Container with Familiar Items around Them
A cat will need to be carried in a cage and to minimize stress you can fill it with a familiar blanket. If you have room, the dog’s bed can be placed in the van for them to sit on. A few toys should also keep them distracted from what’s going on around them.
Schedule a Pre-Move Visit
Preparation is the key to minimize your pets stress and if you have time, a visit to your new home before the actual move, will allow them to check the area out and realize it’s not threatening to them. Allowing them to explore their new open space and make their mark, before they’ve moved in, will make the new home more welcoming.
Realize that every pet is different just like humans and some may get super stressed and some may just sleep the whole time on moving day! Aim to prepare them well before the move and keep things as stable as you can up to the big day.