Managing Pet Stress During Your Move to Colorado Springs

Moving with PetsBy Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 

Moving the household is nerve-racking regardless of how you slice and dice it and managing to keep the usual panic under control for the humans can be quite a struggle. However while you're making certain your children are alright with leaving behind their schools, friends, and communities, remember that Fido and Leo get tense and need some extra TLC, as well. And of course, dogs and cats react to environmental transitions in different ways, so you will need a big head for all the counseling hats you have got to put on during the move to Colorado Springs. Creatures that live a contained lifestyle usually lack the emotional attachment you might have with the felines and canines--fish in a tank just don't tug on your heartstrings like the dog will when he looks at you at dinnertime.

Here is how you might keep your pets calm and happy as you move to Colorado Springs--so at least somebody in the household is not a jittery wreck.


Cats are inclined to connect to places more than people--stories of cats which come with the residences aren't necessarily apocryphal. They're a issue if they are outdoors cats and you're undertaking a long distance move--cats are known to leave the new residence to return "home". This is not such a concern if you are moving around the block, otherwise, this can be a significant issue.

Consider it--your cats don't go to the door to go for a car ride when you grab your car keys; they're entirely content to continue sunning themselves on the windowsill--until you begin packing and the windowsill vanishes in back of a stack of boxes. Here's how to deal with your cats.

· Contain free-range felines, beginning a few weeks before you move to Colorado Springs. Get them familiar with remaining inside with you--if this means late-life cat litter box teaching, so be it. Lure them in a pet carrier for a handful of hours every day, so that they're not yowling maniacs after you place them in the car. Bring the cats out for short excursions when you are doing errands--definitely in the carrier.

· Moving day, put the cat along with all kitty accessories inside a room with the door shut. After the professional movers have loaded the trucks and you're all set to vacate, insert your cat into the pet carrier. If your feline is not going to travel nicely, your vet could possibly prescribe something, so she won't have a meltdown inside the car, thus making you along with the dog and the youngsters to have their own mini-meltdowns.

· Once you're installed in the new home, repeat the moving-out process for a few days. Keep the felines confined in an area along with their things, whilst you cope with the commotion of moving, unpacking, and settling in. Even with inside kitties, they'll be happier--and less likely to demonstrate their discontent by disregarding the litter box--if you wait until you have settled in a bit to permit them to roam free in the house.

· For outside kitties, they will require some time to adjust to the new odors of the house and also to realize this is the place their people are, before they should be let out to wander. Place some cat food outdoors to remind them exactly where home is.


Your pet dog merely needs to be with you, but he will get nervous when you're troubled. Canine stress is highest pre-move, so here's how to keep Spot comfortable and cool when you are losing your mind.

· Take sufficient time for packing, if you're packing yourself. Watching a little movement on a daily basis isn't a big problem; heading to doggie day camp for a day and returning home to a vacant house is going to freak him out.

· Stay in your standard schedule--walks, dinner time, what you do, carry on doing it.

· Update the contact info if he's microchipped; you can generally go online to make those changes.

· At the new house, show him the backyard, take him out for a walk, and make certain supper time is constant.

Fish, Hamsters, Birds

Lock down the cages in the rear of your vehicle or hire a pet mover to handle them. As fish tanks and pet fish may be a struggle to safely move, you could think about offering the aqua-pets to an elementary school.

Get copies of your pet's veterinarian reports before you move to Colorado Springs, so you have the whole set of immunization records on hand if you have to board before you see the new vet.

Keeping your family pets happy as you move to Colorado Springs goes a long way in direction of keeping you content. Following these guidelines will certainly ease the strain of moving the pets, at least.


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