Moving is a stressful task for both people and pets. With all the unexpected activity in their home and being introduced to a new environment, your pets can become anxious. Trying to organize your move and make it go smoothly is difficulty all on its own and can be more difficult when pets are involved. Serving as your premier moving company in Pittsburgh, Gardner Moving has put together a few tips to help make the moving experience calmer for not only yourself but also for your pets.
During the time of the actual move, it best to keep your pet in a quiet area, unless you leave them in a kennel or with a friend for the day. To keep them away from the action, empty a bedroom on another floor and close the door or put them in their carrier in the garage or car. Be sure they will be at a safe and comfortable temperature and be sure they have enough water and food if they will be there for a longer period.
Check on them regularly during the move and feed or walk them during their regular times. Helping them stay in their routine can help keep them calm.
When you first drive to the new house, take your pet in your vehicle. Smaller dogs or cats can be transported using a carrier, secured by a seatbelt. Bigger dogs can be transported using a kennel in the back of the car. Some pets may feel more comfortable with a blanket placed over their carrier to block their view of the changing environment outside. Be careful not to let your pet out of their kennel or carrier until you have arrived and are inside the home to help avoid them escaping and getting lost.
Before bringing your pet into the home, it is critical to have at least one room set up. This is where you can introduce your pet to the new house. You should also confine them to a section of the home and let them get familiar with their surroundings while introducing them to familiar objects and giving them lots of attention to make them feel at home.