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Moving with pets – what to know?

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    Moving is hard as it is and complications can happen along the way. You probably have a lot of worries and you should definitely hire professional movers to help you out with your relocation. Even though they will probably take care of the difficult tasks or even the entire process, there will be things that are your responsibility alone. For example, if you have pets, you can face complications both moving-related and not. Therefore, in order to prepare you for the process of moving with pets, here is what you should know and do before you embark on this journey.

    What can you expect when moving with pets?

    First of all, know that pets can have different reactions to relocation. You might be lucky enough to experience the bare minimum of the numerous possibilities or you can experience many new behaviors you are not used to seeing. Since there is no way of telling how your pet might react, you will have to act just in case. Just remember one thing. You can do everything properly and your pet can still react negatively. Then, patience and persistence are all you have left. Yet, for now, let us go through the possibilities and everything that you can expect.

    • Constant barking that was not present before
    • Peeing in the house
    • Scratching and generally ruining furniture or other items that were not a target before
    • Pouting and temper tantrums
    • Excessive attention seeking
    • Refusing to eat
    • Shedding more coat (can be a sign of stress in which case blood analysis should be done because certain parameters can indicate stress)
    • Aggressive or especially grumpy behavior
    • Not wanting to play or cuddle
    • Losing weight or being lethargic (a blood analysis is, once again, recommended)
    • Hiding

    All of these behaviors, and many more, are fairly common and represent an alarm. Still. that alarm is just something you should handle. These behaviors are not tragic and should not be taken in such a drastic way. They are just a reminder that your pet is going through something and that it is your job to help them.

    A happy golden retriever
    You never really know how your pet might react to the move or the change that is about to happen.

    What can you do to prevent these behaviors or handle them if they occur?

    There are many things that you can do but you will see that they do not differ from your regular schedules. Now, we will be discussing pet dogs and pet cats, not other animals because these two are at the biggest risk of reacting. Everyone knows their pet very well and if anything out of the ordinary starts to happen, you will notice it for sure. There is not much that we can say that will surprise you. Especially if you are a person who has had pets in the past. If so, then your experience serves you well. Even though your experience does not include relocations, a pet that is experiencing change manifests more or less the same behaviors. Here is what you can do to try and prevent these reactions for the sake of your dear pet, cat, or dog:

    • Keeping old routines is crucial while the move is at hand (when you start packing, they will feel the difference)
    • Do not buy new stuff immediately after, maybe wait a bit
    • Do not ignore your pet because you have a lot of things to take care of
    • Some extra attention will definitely be more than welcome
    • Try to incorporate your pet in most happenings
    • Still, keep them away from movers who are carrying heavy furniture or the moving day in general. It is not healthy and might even scare your pet.

    Remember that everything you do will have an impact on your pet so watch out how you react and keep your voice calm and clear.

    A lady with a towel on her head and her cat getting ready for moving with pets
    Your presence is essential and your pet must know that nothing is changing between the two of you. That is where the most common negative emotions come out.

    What if these behaviors manifest nevertheless?

    Sometimes, and not so rarely, changes affect our pets regardless of what we do or what we do not do. This is especially the case if you are moving interstate. You can follow all our instructions, consult with a vet, and do much more, and your pet can still manifest some, if not all, of these mentioned behaviors. You must understand that, however rare, this is quite normal. Your reaction should in no way be drastic or dramatic. In fact, you should stick to your old demeanor but be empathetic. Pets need a lot of love. Just like any being, when they are scared or are in the middle of the unknown, they will need a little bit of extra loving.

    When moving with pets, health is the number one priority

    This is probably the most important thing to know and yet people keep forgetting about it very easily. Your pet can experience health issues due to stress or due to the fact that they were present during the move itself. This is something you should avoid at all costs. Health always comes first and you do not want to be too late with your actions. When it comes to the official day of the move, it would be best if you could just give your pet to someone for the day. Residential movers need space to work and they are also strangers who can upset your pet. Make sure it is someone you trust and someone your pet likes as well. Keep track of their poop because they can easily get diarrhea from the stress and similar.

    Two vets taking a look at a puppy
    Make sure that you follow your pet’s health condition in case of any changes.

    We hope that you see how serious moving with pets is

    As you can see, you will be in for quite a treat. Moving with pets can also be fun but only if your pet feels like playing. Otherwise, do not force it to do anything, They are entitled to their own set of feelings and you should be there to watch over them.  Remember to call professional movers who will do a good job. We wish you good luck.

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