While relocating is often fun and exciting for people, it can be a very confusing time for pets especially if your pet has never ventured outside or known any other home! When pets are completely uprooted and taken to new places, they can become scared and withdrawn due to the new surroundings. Additionally you can completely change a pet’s world when you take away their beloved furniture and ‘favorite spots’.
Fortunately moving with your pet doesn’t have to be a traumatic experience for them. In fact, you can easily make it something new and exciting by following some simple steps! Continue reading below to learn several tips on how to successfully relocate with household pets!
Tip #1 – Never travel when your pet is sick or too young
Traveling with a sick animal is never a good idea. If you are going to relocate to a new home and your animal is unfortunately ill, then delaying it by a few days to ensure their wellbeing is worth it. If you cannot delay your travel by just a few days, then see if a person the pet is familiar with can watch them until they are better.
Additionally you should never travel with very young animals. Not only can car travel or flying terrify them, but it is also against the law. According to the Animal Welfare Act you are prohibited from taking puppies and kittens on an airplane if they are less than eight weeks old.
Tip #2 – Assure proper travel space for pets
If you have a moving van with all of your belongings in it, don’t put your animal in there too! Even if your animal is in a crate, being in a moving van is a horrifying experience and if something were to fall it could injure them. Keeping your pet in a crate inside your vehicle is the best way to transport them. There you can calm them down when they are nervous, and check on their wellbeing if it’s a long trip!
Tip #3 – Bring your pet’s essentials
Packing a travel bag separate from everything else for your pet is essential. Buying them a canned treat will really excite them and help dispense any of their anxiety over the move. On top of that you will want to pack their favorite toys, a leash, brush, and some food/water dishes. Once you get to your new location you don’t want to have to dig in your boxes for their essentials.
Traveling with your pet can be a terrifying experience for both you and them, but it doesn’t have to be. If you follow the steps listed above, you will surely arrive at your new location without any issues. While your pet may be anxious during the packing and moving part, they will likely be ecstatic at the new place and instantly start exploring!
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