Mistakes to avoid when moving with pets

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We love our pets. They love us. We seem to be strangely in sync with them at times. Sometimes they know when we are down in the dumps and will do their best to cheer us up. Likewise, we can often tell if our pet has "one of those days," and we try to be a little more caring and gentle around them. With all these strange threads of intuition and compassion binding us together in unseen ways, is it any wonder that moving takes its strain on both owners and pets alike? They can sense the tension; they know something is up but can never fully understand what. You've found a good offer for a long-distance move and are preparing to relocate. That's great, but the lead-up to the relocation and the weeks that follow said move can take their toll on your beloved companion. Here are mistakes to avoid when moving with pets, so they are spared the worst of it.

Creature of Habit

Routines play a vital role in an animal's sense of safety and comfort. Disrupting it too much can lead to anxiety and unhappiness, and your pets could even act out. I fully understand that moving is a massive undertaking that seems to suck up all of your spare time and then some. So much planning and worrying go into it, but you cannot neglect your furry friends either. Try to keep as much of their schedule as intact as possible. Hiring professional help will also help free up some time.

On the other hand, if your pet is acting out, understand the reason behind it. Punishing it will only serve to exacerbate the situation further. Instead, try to comfort your pet and reward good behavior.

A laptop, food, a cup of coffee, notes, and a smartphone on a table
Caption: We all have our routines and schedules. Why wouldn't our furry friends have them too?

You Might Be Moving, But no Need to Pack Everything At Once

Along the same lines as the previous point, packing pets' possessions prematurely presents problems. Alliteration and I have always had a strenuous relationship at the best of times, but the point still stands. They enjoy their routines, and they are dependent on the familiar. This also applies to washing their things before the move. Familiar smells help keep them comforted. Things that may seem unimportant to us may make a world of difference to them. Beds, blankets, that one chewed-up toy you really want to throw away, but for some reason, your pet still loves it. These things give them a sense of reassurance, and it would be wise not to separate them from them. In fact, it would be best if these objects of comfort were to welcome them in this new and strange place that is to become their new home. These are all small steps that will help with the transition.

The Perfect Home... It depends on the Perspective

Looking for the ideal house can be draining in and of itself. There are so many factors to consider, trying to understand what you need and can do without and figuring out a reasonable budget. Being financially responsible, patient in your search, being able to bounce back if your offer falls through, the list goes on and on. When you finally find what you have been looking for, you can sometimes forget that what works for you might not work for your pet. Having a pool sounds so enticing. However, does it present a safety hazard for your pet? Is the neighborhood a pet-friendly area? Does your rare breed, perchance, appear on the community's prohibited list? Think about the house and surrounding area and if this, too, presents a good choice for your cuddly companion. In all the excitement, nobody could blame you for overlooking this, but it is something you need to add to your list of needs.

A busy street with lots of cars

Caption: If this is what awaits you as you open the front door, then it might not be the safest environment for your pet

Stay Organized

It is essential to remain organized and plan ahead when relocating with pets. Apart from thinking about how to alleviate their potential stress, other specific steps need to be taken. Identification tags should be acquired for traveling. A trip to the vet seems like a good idea, too. See that they have all their needed vaccinations, check if they are in good health, and pick up their documents. After all, you will probably be visiting a new vet from now on. Also, be sure to check up on any pet restrictions and regulations about the state and area you will be moving to. This cannot be left for the moving day. Make sure to plan the process in detail, and you won't be caught off guard once the D-day arrives.

The Dreaded Day of Moving

Moving day is nothing short of chaotic. A dog, for example, being allowed to roam free around the house at such a time is the same as handing an elephant two pairs of complementary roller skates at the entrance to the antique store. Ideally, you would want to book a kennel. Friends and family are another welcome option. In any case, it's a win-win, both for you and your anxiety-prone buddy. And for the movers, come to think of it, as it makes their job easier too. A triple win; that's a rarity!

It's Been Two Days, Why Haven't They Adapted?

A common mistake that people make is to expect their pets to adapt to the change instantaneously. It's a process. They will need time to accept the new house and neighborhood. An excellent way to help them through it all is to try and devote as much time as you can to them in that initial period. Creating a fixed routine from the get-go can go a long way in calming them down. Exploring the new neighborhood together is a great way to help your dog acclimatize. Once it becomes familiar with the area, you should see the stress start to wash away.

Dog wrapped in a blanket representing mistakes to avoid when moving with pets

Caption: One of the mistakes to avoid when moving with pets is not allowing them to adapt at their own pace!

Happy Pets, Happy Owners

There you have it; these are the mistakes to avoid when moving with pets. It's not as complicated as it may seem. It does require a little more planning and fitting in their needs into an already busy schedule, although, with the right moving company, much of that burden can be taken off your shoulders, leaving you free to tend to your pets.















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