Moving may be a stressful experience for your entire family — even your pets.
If your pet gets nervous with small changes, you’re likely dreading the day of the move itself. A stressed pet leads to a whole lot of nasty symptoms like fur loss, upset stomachs, and a whole lot of howling or meowing.
Here are some tips to help you make moving easier by reducing your pet’s moving stress.
We often take our pets’ emotional intelligence for granted. Even if we don’t recognize it, pets can detect even the slightest changes in their owners’ moods.
Naturally, this includes increased levels of stress, which means that your pet will undoubtedly pick up on the fact that you’re stressed. If you’re not careful, this can lead to a vicious cycle that only makes the move tougher.
Instead, try and remain upbeat around your pet. Beware your tone of voice and volume and try and stick to their routine as much as possible.
For most pet owners, spending extra time with our favorite animals is a great way to unwind after a long, stressful day. There will likely be plenty of long stressful days leading up to the move.
So why not unwind in a way that benefits both you and your pet by making an effort to spend a little extra time with them?
If you’re feeling too stressed from packing, grab their favorite toy and get ready for some playtime. Alternatively, grab the leash and take your pooch out for some needed exercise. Psychological research has discovered that animals naturally put us in a better emotional state.
They’ll appreciate the extra time with you, and you’ll both feel less stressed, to boot!
One fantastic way to get your pet acclimated to the new environment is by visiting the area with them.
Now, if you’re renting an apartment that may be difficult. However, you can still visit the neighborhood or apartment complex so your pet can get a sense of its new surroundings.
If you can, take your pet inside of your new house and let them explore. To an animal, a new location means all sorts of new sights and smells.
The combination of seeing all of their old belongings mixed with the new smells is likely going to send your pet into a frenzy, even if they’re generally well-behaved.
If possible, bring over a few of their favorite toys and treats, as well as their food and water dishes. They’re still likely going to act skittish for a few moments, but once they see their toys, they’ll relax.
Moving can be stressful for humans and animals alike. However, it doesn’t have to be that way.
Let our expert team of movers reduce moving stress for you and your animals. Get in touch today to ask an expert about how we can help with your move.