Managing Pet Stress During Your Move to Dallas
By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group
Here's how you will be able to keep your domestic pets relaxed and happy as you move to Dallas--so at least somebody in the household is not a nervous wreck.
Felines have a tendency to attach to locations more than people--accounts of cats who come with the houses aren't actually apocryphal. They're a issue when they are outside cats and you will be executing a long distance move--cats are known to leave the new residence to go back "home". This isn't a great concern if you are heading around the block, otherwise, it's a substantial issue.
Give consideration to it--your cats will not go to the door to go for a ride each time you pick up your car keys; they're perfectly happy to continue sunning themselves on the windowsill--before you set about packing and the windowsill disappears behind a pile of cartons. Here's how to deal with your cats.
· Contain free-range felines, commencing a few weeks before you move to Dallas. Get them used to being inside with you--if this would mean late-life litter box training, so be it. Encourage them in a pet carrier for a handful of hours a day, so that they're not meowing crazies once you put them in your car or truck. Bring the cats out for short rides while you're doing errands--always in the carrier.
· Moving day, place the cat along with all feline accessories within a room with the door closed. Once the professional movers have packed the trucks and you are all set to leave, insert your cat into the carrier. If your kitty doesn't travel nicely, your veterinarian could possibly prescribe something, so she doesn't have a breakdown in the car, hence making you as well as the dog plus the children to have their own mini-meltdowns.
· Once you are installed in the new house, duplicate the moving-out procedure for a few days. Keep the pet cats within a space with their belongings, as you deal with the commotion of moving, unpacking, and settling in. Even with inside cats, they're going to be more comfortable--and less likely to demonstrate their unhappiness by overlooking the litter box--if you wait until you've settled in a tad to permit them to roam free in the house.
· For outdoor felines, they will need some time to adapt to the new scents of the house and to recognize this is the place their people are, before they should be let out to wander. Set a bowl of food outdoors to help remind them where home is.
Your pet dog simply needs to be around you, but he'll almost certainly get nervous when you are uneasy. Canine stress is highest pre-move, so here's how to keep your dog tranquil and cool when you are losing your mind.
· Give sufficient time for packing, if you're packing yourself. Seeing a bit of movement day by day isn't a big problem; going to doggy day camp for a day and returning home to an empty household will probably freak him out.
· Keep in your typical schedule--walks, dinner, whatever you do, carry on doing it.
· Update the contact details if he is microchipped; you can normally go online to make those changes.
· At the new residence, show him the backyard, take him out for a walk, and ensure meal time is constant.
Fish, Hamsters, Birds
Lock down the crates in the rear of your car or truck or work with a pet mover to move them. As aquariums and fish may be a nightmare to move, you could consider giving the aqua-pets to an elementary school.
Get duplicates of your pet's veterinary reports before you move to Dallas, so you will have all the immunization details handy if you have to board before you visit the new vet.
Keeping the household pets content while you move to Dallas will go quite a distance towards keeping you glad. Adhering to these guidelines will relieve the pressure of moving the pets, at least.
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