Moving ? What about Fluffy & Fido ?
Moving can be stressful at the best of times and can be a very dramatic occurrence for our feline and canine friends. You find yourself and your routine disrupted and plenty of commotion as moving day approaches. To make the transition easier for your pet there are a few things you can do.
- Try to keep your dog or cats routine the same as much as possible
- If your dog usually goes for a walk or two a day try to see that doesn’t change leading up to moving day. If you just can’t fit it in see if a family member or neighbour could help out.
- If your cat & dog eat at a regular time try to maintain that time schedule and this is not a good time to introduce a new food product or change their diet around moving week as they are already stressed. Always have plenty of water available.
- Have a plan for the actual moving day. Will Fluffy or Fido stay with friends, family or board at your veterinarian’s office maybe for just a few hours, the day or if familiar with the place, even over night while the move is on.
- If you have the luxury of owning your new place a couple of days prior to the move it might be a good idea to take your dog over on leash to the new place and introduce him to the layout, new yard, new neighbourhood and new smells
- If your cat is an indoor or outdoor cat you may want to keep them confined to their new surroundings for a few days so that when the outside door opens they don’t bolt and head back to the old homestead.
- If moving livestock (horses, cattle, sheep etc..) then you must of course already have a barn/pasture and very good fencing in place. Be ready with water hooked up and grass or hay waiting when they get off the trailer.
We ourselves have moved 3 times with dogs, cats, and farm animals in tow. With a little planning ahead of time you can make the transition fairly easy on all involved. Just remember they are feeling as over whelmed as you. A pat and a cuddle from you will give them the re-assurance they need that everything is ok!