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By Kyle Thomas Haley
If you're a pet owner and are planning to move to a new home, remember that moving can be even more stressful for your animals than it is for you. But there are several things you can do to make it easier on your dog or cat.
Start your packing well ahead of time; it's not only easier on you, but on your pets as well. During the time leading up to your move, try to keep your pets' eating and exercise schedules as normal as possible. Give them the same amount of attention and affection as you always do.
Things to do before your move:
When Moving Day Finally Arrives . . .
All the confusion is certain to upset your pet so the best solution is to have a friend or family member keep Fido or Fluffy while the loading is being done. If that isn't an option, keep your pet in a small room, perhaps a bathroom, along with sufficient food, water (litter box for Fluffy) and some favorite toys. Attach a "Do Not Enter" sign on the door so the pet is secure and won't be accidentally set free.
You're on Your Way . . .
The packing and loading are all done and now it's time to head for your new home. There are things you'll want to make sure are packed for your pet. These include:
Your New Home ~ At Last . . .
When you finally arrive at your new home, let your pet explore with your supervision. Then place Fido or Fluffy in a small room with a crate or bed (and, of course a litter box for Fluffy) while the unloading and unpacking are taking place. Make sure to put some favorite toys in there and perhaps an old sweatshirt, or something that smells familiar.
It's very important that you not let your pet outside alone without a lead or tie for the first few days. Cats usually require about a week but dogs adapt quicker. You don't want your pet to wander away and get lost.
Your pet may be insecure and more prone to misbehaving during the first few days in a new environment. Try to be patient and not punish the initial misbehavior, instead, try to find ways to reduce stress. Extra TLC can go a long way toward making pets more comfortable. It's also a good idea to follow the usual feeding and exercise schedule.
In closing, there are just a couple of things you should be aware of to keep the moving experience as trouble-free as possible:
Enjoy your new home!
About The Author
Kyle Thomas Haley has been helping people relocate on the Internet since 1999 with Apartment and Relocation Websites: Apartment Rental Finders Relocating and Moving Guides Copyright 1999 - 2005 STANZEEKAY Inc. You have permission to publish this article free of charge, as long as the bylines are included and none of the links or content are removed or edited.