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.