by Rick Delgado
on Thursday, December 18th, 2014 at 11:32am.
Pets are part of the family, which means when you move, they generally move with you. However, moving them can be quite a confusing and stressful experience for pets. It also leave you with additional responsibilities while moving your items from one home to the next. Here are tips to keep in mind when moving your items, as well as your pets with you.
Get a Pet Sitter
Ask a neighbor or family member to pet sit for your four-legged friends until moving is complete. If your pets stay with someone they know, they are less likely to get stressed out. If you do not know anyone, boarding for dogs and cats might be ideal but can be expensive.
Confine Your Pets
Get a cage or kennel to keep your pets safe during the moving process. Open doors are a common occurrence when we're moving in and out of the same location. Keeping your pets confined to one area can make your life easier. You won't have to worry about them running out during the moving process.
Stick to a Feeding Schedule
When moving with pets, stick with a feeding schedule that works for you. This way, you do not forget to feed them during the busy moving days ahead. A regular feeding schedule is also good for pets as it adds routine to an otherwise chaotic time for them.
Make Your Pets Feel at Home
Bring them to the new home and put them in one of the rooms with their items, bed, food and water. If you’re going back and forth between homes, just keeping them at the new home allows you to know where they are. The familiar items will also put your pet at ease in their new home.
Update Your Pet's Tags
Update the tags on your pets with your new address. If they get loose, people will be able to return your pet to you.
Keep Food and Medication Handy
Keep any medication or food that is needed for your pet on hand, at all times. Do not pack it away with the rest of the items, since this can make it harder to find them in times of need.
Find a New Veterinarian
Find a new veterinarian if you’re moving to a further away area, or you can use the same one you’ve had. Know their number in case of emergencies that might arise during the move.
Once you’ve relaxed your pets, it is time to relax yourself for the move ahead. It is a long journey, but a rewarding one. Moving into a new home means a new beginning to your life.