How to Move Out With a Pet
Moving out of your house is a time-consuming and exhausting task that requires a large amount of physical and mental effort. However, there’s someone else who doesn’t feel good about the entire moving process: your pets. Moving is quite stressful for your pets who often fail to understand why the house is bombarded with strangers carrying the brown boxes out of the house.
So, what can you do to make the moving process less stressful for them? In this article, we’ll share some tips for making the moving process a bit easier for your furry friends.
1. Don’t Mess with the Routine
Many pets follow a particular routine. For example, if you have a dog, it may have a specific time for a morning walk or breakfast. If this routine is disturbed, your pet will remain irritated throughout the day. When you are in the process of moving out, there are a lot of things that you can’t carry on your own. However, for the health of your pet, it is important for you to stick to the old routine.
2. Introduce the Carrier to the Pet
Imagine the fear your pet will experience when they found themselves in a dark carrier being transported to the unknown. Many pet owners don’t consider how stressful it can be for both dogs and cats to sit in a carrier for a long period, especially when they are not familiar with it. This is why it is important for you to get your pet used to the carrier beforehand. During the days leading up to the move-out day, you should allow them to go inside the carrier. Start keeping their food tray nearby or inside the carrier so that your pet starts going inside it. In this way, your pets won’t mind being inside the carrier throughout the journey.
3. Keep the Boxes Out
A sudden change is not welcomed by anyone, especially your pets. They are obviously going to freak out when they see a sea of brown boxes in the living room or other places. This is why you should start placing the boxes across your home to ensure that your pets don’t get stressed when you call in the movers.
4. Lock them in a Room
On the moving day, you cannot pay close attention to who’s getting in and outside the door. Since the movers will be working throughout the day, it is impossible for you to keep the door shut. But leaving the door open for long hours means that your pet can get out without notice. For your pet’s safety, it is important to lock them in a bathroom or your home until all boxes have been moved out.
5. Take Old Furniture
Have you ever dealt with the spraying issue of your cat? While you get irritated to see the urinal stain on your furniture, your pet does it on purpose. Cats are extremely territorial and they mark their territories through spraying. They are also very good at smelling. So bring some old furniture with you for the comfort of your pet.
Moving to a new place with a pet is a challenge. However, with these tips, you can ensure that the process is smooth for both you and your pet.