By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group
Moving the household is nerve-racking irrespective of how you slice and dice it and managing to keep the typical panic from increasing for the humans is often very a challenge. Yet while you're making sure your youngsters will be alright with leaving their schools, friends, and communities, remember that Spot and Leo get stressed out and require some additional TLC, too. And of course, cats and dogs are affected by environmental changes in various ways, so you will need a big head for all the counseling hats you've got to put on throughout the move to Colorado Springs
. Family pets that live a contained existence usually don't have the emotional attachment you may have with your dogs and cats--fish in a tank just do not tug on your heartstrings like the puppy can when he looks at you at mealtime.
Here is how you will be able to keep your household pets calm and content as you move to Colorado Springs--so at least someone in the family isn't a nervous wreck.
Felines tend to connect to places more than people--accounts of cats who come with the residences are not actually apocryphal. They are a issue when they are outdoors cats and you will be executing a long distance move--cats are known to leave the new residence to return "home". This is not a real worry should you be heading down the block, otherwise, this can be a tremendous issue.
Consider it--your cats won't rush to the door to go for a car ride when you pick up your car keys; they're completely happy to continue sunning themselves on the windowsill--before you set about packing and the windowsill vanishes behind a heap of cartons. Here is how to manage your felines.
· Contain free-range cats, beginning several weeks before you'll move to Colorado Springs. Get them accustomed to staying inside with you--if this means late-life cat litter box teaching, so be it. Entice them in a animal carrier for a handful of hours daily, to ensure that they're not yowling crazies when you place them in the car. Take the cats out for brief rides when you are doing errands--definitely in the carrier.
· Moving day, keep the cat along with all feline accessories inside a room in your home with the door shut. Once the professional movers have loaded the moving vans and you are ready to vacate, insert your cat in the carrier. If the kitty does not travel nicely, your veterinarian may perhaps prescribe something, so your cat won't have a meltdown in the car, hence making you and the dog and the kids to have their own mini-meltdowns.
· Once you're set up in the new residence, repeat the moving-out process for a few days. Keep the pet cats confined in an area together with their stuff, while you manage the hubbub of moving, unpacking, and settling in. Even with inside kitties, they're going to be more comfortable--and less likely to demonstrate their unhappiness by overlooking the litter box--if you hold on until you have settled in a little to let them to roam free inside your home.
· For outside felines, they are going to need some time to adjust to the new odors of the house and to understand this is the place their people are, before they ought to be let out to wander. Place a bit of cat food outside to remind them exactly where home is.
Your pup merely wants to be with you, however he'll get stressed when you're uneasy. Canine anxiety is greatest pre-move, so here is how to keep your dog comfortable and cool if you are losing your mind.
· Take a lot of time for packing, if you're packing yourself. Seeing a little movement day by day is not a huge problem; heading to doggy day care for the day and returning home to a vacant home may freak him out.
· Stay in your standard schedule--walks, dinner time, what you do, keep doing it.
· Update the contact details if he is microchipped; you can typically go online to make those changes.
· At the new home, show him the yard, take him out for a walk, and make sure dinner time is constant.
Fish, Hamsters, Birds
Lock down the cages in the back of the car or hire a pet mover to handle them. As aquariums and fish can be a headache to safely move, you could look at donating the aqua-pets to an elementary school.
Get duplicates of the pet's vet records before you move to Colorado Springs, so you will have the whole set of immunization files on hand if you need to board before you'll see the new veterinary clinic.
Keeping the household pets comfortable as you move to Colorado Springs will go a considerable way to keeping you glad. Following these guidelines definitely will ease the stress of relocating the pets, at least.
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