Moving with pets can be difficult as they can feel your stress, as well as long-distance drives, can set off motion sickness. In this top 10 list, we will take a look at some of the best tips for moving with your pets so the experience can be enjoyable to all.
1. Crate train your pets
Moving long distance is going to require your pets to be in the car for long periods. The best way of keeping your pets safe, as well as your family, is to put them in a crate. A crate however can seem like a confined space so some pets won’t go in one.
Crates are useful when moving so taking the time to train your pets to go in one is well worth it. You can take your pets to classes to teach them about crates our you can watch videos on youtube and follow along.
When your pet can go in a crate the job of moving with them is much easier. A pet in a crate is safe as the result of an accident as crates can be locked into place. The alternative is to attach a harness to your pet, but over a long distance, the constant movement can cause them to be sick.
2. Be patient
Pets can sometimes be like children and you will need to be patient with them while they learn how to go in a crate but also travel in general. If your pet is finding it hard be sure to be patient with them and encourage them along the way.
Your pet won’t get it right straight away so avoid shouting at them and encourage them. It will take them a while but eventually, they will get used to being in a crate and being in a car.
3. Feed them little
How would you like to eat a big full meal and then be given the task of moving home? You wouldn’t like it right, and it would probably make you feel sick too.
You should avoid feeding your pets big meals before a move and opt for a smaller meal two hours before. A smaller meal will give your pet the energy for a move while avoiding overeating which will make them sick on the journey ahead.
4. Ensure they have plenty of water
Moving home as a pet can be thirsty work so make sure your pet has an adequate supply of water for the entire movie.
5. Take frequent breaks
Motion sickness is common in puppies, older dogs, and cats. For this reason, you will need to take as many short breaks as possible otherwise you risk the chance of your pet being sick.
Shortstops can help your pet feel better and keep them happier and less anxious on the journey to your new home. If you were to ignore this your pet may be under stress the entire time which will make them sick.
Shortstops may feel inconvenient but they will improve the wellness of your pets and make the journey more enjoyable for them.
6. Hire help
Moving is stressful so don’t be afraid to hire help. You could hire storage units, moving companies, and even a local dog walker to look after your dog while your items are being loaded into the moving truck.
Moving homes can be frantic and loud so keeping your pets away from this is only going to keep them calmer. If you do decide on hiring a dog walker make sure your dog is used to them before the big move as this can have the opposite effect and give your pets more anxiety.
7. Keep them out of the way
If you can’t hire someone to walk your pets the next best option is to put them in a room with plenty of water and try to keep them away from the moving crew. If the sounds of moving are too loud you can play calming music at low volume to calm your pet down.
8. Let them adapt
Pets are like people and putting them in a new location is going to require some adaption before they will feel at home. Cats should be kept in up to 2 weeks when moving to a new home and dogs are allowed out in the garden but make sure not to let the gate open.
Once again let your animals settle in at their own pace and soon enough they will be loving their new home just like you.
A lot of the advice in this post revolves around planning before your big move. If you take your time to plan your move then your pets are going to enjoy their new journey more. If you don’t plan though it’s going to cause your pet anxiety and pressure.
10. Monitor your pets
You know your pets and if something doesn’t look right with them you should take the time to figure out what is wrong with them and how you can fix it. It could be something as simple as taking a short break or opening the window so more cold air can come in.
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