What to know when moving with pets?

Many of us have family members who are not humans. Other people would call them pets. In situations where we have to relocate, one never knows how they might react to the relocation physically or emotionally. In other words, when you decide to embark on a journey such as moving with pets is, there are many things you should know in advance and be prepared for. This guide will serve as s summary of them. Besides hiring reliable movers whom you can trust, here is what you should keep in mind.

What makes moving with pets so complicated?

You might be one of those people who have pets that simply will not react in a negative way. Unfortunately, there is no way of telling how the pet might react in advance. They can experience a change that results in certain behaviors you are not used to seeing. In order to do everything you can to prevent any negative reactions, we will be discussing the possibilities.

A pug in a unicorn suit
Your pet will probably feel that something is a bit off.

What behaviors can your pets manifest as a reaction to the move, before, during, and after?

The first thing you should know is that the pet can show an insignificant change that you might not immediately link to the relocation itself. We, of course, will confront the negative reactions because you should not be worried if your pet is excited about the new house or residential movers who pet it. These behaviors are the most common ones you can face:

  • Hiding
  • Peeing
  • A tucked tail
  • Growling
  • Snarling
  • Being scared
  • Asking for attention
  • Chewing on items that were not an attraction before
  • Not wanting to play
  • Excessively wanting to play
  • Disobeying commands
  • A change in routine
  • Less sleep or more sleep

As you can see, the list is quite long and it can get even longer but we cannot name every single thing. The point is that you will see a difference. Whether it is one of the things that we listed or not, as an owner, you will know. All of these behaviors can happen while you are preparing for relocation, during the process itself, and after, once you are in the new home. The reason for this is simple. Your pet will feel and see a gradual change that will result in a different home. Now to move on to what you can do to avoid or discourage these behaviors if they happen.

How to avoid these behaviors when moving with pets?

There are several things that you can do to try and prevent these acts from your pet. Most of them are very logical but they will require your time and a lot of patience. First of all, when you start preparing for your relocation, your pet will sense a difference in your behavior. This means that they will know that something is happening. As curious beings as they are, they will try and get your attention, go around sniffing everything, trying to find out what is going on. You should let them. Do not let this act get you annoyed. Also, the relocation will occupy your time, especially if it is a long-distance one and requires proper preparation. This does not mean that your pet should feel neglected. Everything that you do together should remain as it is. 

Two cats sleeping
Allow your pet to rest, they tend to react to stress that way, but make sure that sleeping is not an escape system.

What to do if these behaviors manifest nevertheless?

There is, of course, no guarantee that your pet will love the new home immediately and not show any reactions to change. Even if you do everything right, they can still manifest different behaviors and they are entitled to them. Keep that in mind. your dog or cat (are the animals that react to a change of environment usually) have the right to show their emotions and, so to speak, opinions. They can like something and they can dislike it just as well. You can react by:

  • Spending more time with your pet
  • Having patience and letting it experience the joys of the change. The adaptation period is necessary
  • Remaining persistent with your old routines and schedules
  • Buying a new toy but do not go overboard
  • Seeing if your pet wants to play with other pets
  • Cutting it some slack here and there
  • Working on good behavior and giving treats when it acts as it used to
  • Checking whether your pet would like to be alone a bit
  • Letting it sniff out the territory
  • Keeping some old furniture or stuff so that it can feel as if something is the same

The things you should never do are:

  • Yelling
  • Beating
  • Exiling
  • Ignoring
  • Giving less food
  • Indulging completely
  • NEVER give away
  • NEVER put down

All of these responses just mean that you never should have gotten a pet in the first place. When they show the previously mentioned behaviors, these reactions are irresponsible and can just make it worse.

A word of caution

You should know that forcing your pet to be in the middle of the relocation process can end very badly. First of all, your pet can feel trapped if it has to endure movers and tons of boxes all around the place. Second of all, you should be the one who relocates your pet to the new address and not the movers. Proper and professional ones do not even allow the transportation of animals and you should know that. Third, it is most certainly not safe to have your pet running around while you are packing small items, carrying heavy items, and similar. Therefore, either let the movers do everything and you go have fun with your pet or ask someone to take care of it for the time being. Just do not force it to participate in something that an animal should not be participating in.

A woman using a laptop while her dog is beside her trying to find professionals who will help her move with pets
It is essential that you find movers who will treat your pet well but you should be the one who moves your pet.

Even if your pet is happy to be there, accidents can happen and you do not want to lose your pet in a tragic and morbid way, or even hurt it because of your irresponsibility. Just make sure that you call and hire professional movers and not just anyone. 

When moving with pets, all of these things are very important for you to know

As you can see, moving with pets is quite a process. It can all be fine or it can result in you having your hands full. Either way, have patience, do not leave anything to chance, keep close attention to your pet and avoid pet travel scams. We hope that all goes well and that you are a responsible and caring owner. We wish you good luck.

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