What to Do with Your Pets During a Move

Take Care of Your Pets During a Move

Whether you have a dog, cat or multiple pets, those animals likely feel comfortable in your home and won’t be happy about a move to a new place. The new odors they smell, sounds they hear and things they experience can leave them on edge for weeks at a time. When you know what to do before and during your move, those pets will feel more comfortable with the move.

Before the Move

In the days leading up to your move, your pets will likely feel on edge because of the boxes stacked up around the house and the general lack of familiar objects. You should make sure that the last things you move are your pets’ belongings, including beds, toys and even food and water dishes. Surrounding your pets with familiar odors will help keep them calm and relaxed.

During the Move

Before a Henderson moving company shows up at your door, you need to decide what to do with your pets. It’s often helpful to send the pets to a sitter or a kennel for the day or until the movers finish packing up the house. You can also leave your pets in carriers in your garage or let them play outside. When it comes time for the actual move, line each carrier with a blanket or towel that smells like your family and put a favorite toy or object inside. If you have a long drive ahead of you, plan on stopping multiple times for bathroom and food and water breaks.

After Your Move

Pet owners sometimes make the move more difficult than it should be and force their pets to instantly come out in the new home. You should pick one room in the new house, place the carrier(s) inside, open the door(s) and let your pet(s) come out when they feel comfortable. This is the best way to help them feel comfortable on moving day.