Moving with pets in the summer (Part 2)

Moving with pets on moving day can be a chaotic activity. The house is being taken apart piece by piece, the front door is propped open for a long stretch of time and people are coming in and out all day.

Now imagine a few loose, agitated animals thrown into the mix. It’s not pretty.
Pets need to be kept out of the way for their safety and your sanity. Placing them with a friend or a kennel for a few days is your best option, as they’ll be happy, fed and prevented from running out the door.

If that’s not an option, you could close them in an already empty room and place a sign on the door that reads “Do not open – pets inside!”

If you’re planning to bring a few items in a vehicle with you make sure you put the pet carriers in first so they are level and air and light can get inside. Load the carriers empty because you don’t want to leave pets in a hot car.

The move itself will be a dramatic change for the pet’s routine, so start making tiny changes each day as you lead up to moving day. Move the cat’s food dish to a new location. Switch up the route or time when you walk your dog. This will your pets get used to some level of change ahead of time.

Moving day is stressful enough. These steps can reduce the stress your pets feel and put them in a better mood to accept their new surroundings.

Moving with pets in the summer

Moving with pets during the summer brings a lot of challenges.

Moving with pets is challenging and so is moving in summer in general is challenging when there is a high demand for moving companies, scorching temperatures that can melt some items during the trip and new homes take a long time to get down to a comfortable temperature.

If that wasn’t enough, being a pet owner brings its own challenges. Pets tend to be creatures of habit and thrive on routine. They may be scared of the sudden changes, but some advanced planning and effort can help minimize those problems.

Once you decide to move, select a pet carrier. If you don’t have one large enough for your pet to lie down in with food and water you will need to purchase a new one.

Give Fido or Mittens some quality time in the pet carrier at home before you move. Make sure the bottom is padded sufficiently for comfort so your pet will be able to sleep inside it a few weeks before your move. Place toys and pet treats inside as well.

The idea is to give your pet positive associations with the carrier. Hopefully a few weeks of these experiences will make the long journey less stressful for you and your pet.