Moving Homes When You Own Pets

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Moving to a new home may be one of the most stressful life events you’ll ever have to tackle. But in the chaos of cardboard boxes, packing tape and moving trucks, you might not realize how stressed your pets feel, too. They can easily get stressed out when there's an unexpected activity in their home or when they're introduced to a new environment. They become very attached to their own territory and a house move can be very disruptive and disorientating.

Before you pick out your dream home, make sure your pet will love it just as much as you do. It’s a good idea to walk around the neighbourhood to determine whether the area seems safe for your pets. For your friend, ensure your potential new space allows for plenty of room to build vertically, so that they could have their own space. At times we don't think much and move into a smaller space, probably a 2bhk apartments in Lucknow, where we try to fit in things but it really doesn't help when you have a family and a pet to be adjusted and eventually, the poor pet becomes the one who has to compromise. These challenges don't come with a formula solution, but we could always make the right choice.

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While you are moving out try to reduce the stress of your pet, make sure that you keep them in the quietest area possible. If you can't leave them with somebody else like friend or family for the day (which is recommended), at least remove them from the action. By quietest area we mean an empty bedroom which is not ready to move or a quiet floor but make sure that they'll be at a safe temperature and that they have water and food if they will be there for some time). Make sure that you check them in every half an hour or so. Feed them properly and make sure the area where you are keeping them you put the water there so that they are not thirsty.

So, some quick tips:

  • Try and get a friend or relative to look after your pet on moving day so that they are out of the way. This can be a benefit to both you and your pet; it gives you space and time you need to move without worrying and your pet will be away from any loud noises and stressful situations.
  • DO give them plenty of reassurance and attention, both during and immediately after the move.
  • Prepare an easily-accessible 'overnight kit' that has enough dog food, kitty litter, toys and grooming tools to sustain your pet and keep them comfortable during the first few days of unpacking.
  • Be careful when transporting the animal to your new neighbourhood because if they get out they can easily get lost.
  • Try carrying your pets around the house in the crate or taking a short drive.
  • You can help your pets develop a positive association with the crate by providing treats and playtime at the conclusion of crate time.
  • Don't assume your pet will immediately adjust to your new home. Pets are creatures of comfort and sometimes they can take a little while to settle; allow them time to relax and become familiar with their new surroundings.
  • Move the house before you move the pet. Set up as much as you can, make it comfortable as much you can before you introduce your pet to your new house. Confine them to a section of the house while they slowly adjust to their surroundings. During initial days give your pet extra care and attention until they are used to it, show them familiar objects like toys or blankets as soon as possible. Make them feel as at home as you do.

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For more advice on reducing stress, you can always speak with your vet and they should be able to advise on how best to keep your pet safe and calm.

I'm sure this would help you and it would give you some insight on how to deal with it. I'm sure you will do it really well.