Moving into a new home is a very exciting but possibly stressful event. There are endless logistics that need to be worked out in order to make a smooth transition from your old home to the new one. If you have pets that are coming to the new home, take their comfort into consideration. Like children, they will work off of your emotions so it is important to stay calm and help keep them calm.
For cats in particular, they are extremely used to consistency and don’t go out and about as often as dogs do. They are unable to adapt to change readily, so it will take some time to prepare them for the move. If they are going to be transported in a carrier, place it out well in advance to give them time to get used to it. Place their favorite toy or a treat in the carrier to draw them to it and make them feel safe. Practicing this will help the cat be more comfortable when moving day rolls around. Have their litter box and food easily accessible after you have arrived at your new home and place them in a room where they are not in danger of escaping during all of the moving in and out.
Dogs are a bit easier to move than cats since they tend to stick with their owners often. Be sure that they have a positive association with the car – if they’ve only known car rides to and from the vet, try taking them out to a park or somewhere fun a week or two leading up to the move. Pack their food, water and some favorite toys to keep them occupied while items are being moved into the new home. If there is a fenced-in backyard, allow them some time to release energy and play while you are busy moving.
Moving does not have to be an overwhelming task. Again, try to stay calm and collected so that emotion will be relayed to your pets. Be sure that they are in a safe area while you are moving and ask for help from a family member or friend if needed.