Managing Pet Stress During Your Move to Austin

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

Moving the household is hectic no matter how you view it and holding the typical tension at bay for the humans is often very a difficult task. Yet while you are ensuring your kids are alright with leaving their schools, buddies, and communities, don't forget that Spot and Leo get tense and require some additional TLC, also. And of course, cats and dogs react to environmental changes differently, so you may need a large head for all the therapy hats you've got to wear over the move to Austin. Pets that live a contained life generally lack the emotional bond you've got with the felines and canines--fish in a tank just do not tug on your heartstrings like the dog does when he looks at you at dinnertime.

Here is how you might keep your household pets stress-free and content while you move to Austin--so at least someone in the family is not a tense wreck.


Felines are inclined to connect to places more than people--stories of cats who come with the houses aren't necessarily apocryphal. They're a issue if they're outdoors cats and you will be executing a long distance move--cats are known to leave the new house to go back "home". This isn't a great issue if you are going down the block, otherwise, it's a substantial challenge.

Think about it--your felines won't run to the door to go for a ride every time you get your car keys; they may be entirely happy to continue sunning themselves on the windowsill--before you start packing and the windowsill disappears behind a stack of cartons. Here is how to take care of your felines.

· Contain free-range felines, commencing a few months prior to when you move to Austin. Get them accustomed to remaining inside with you--if this means late-life litter box coaching, so be it. Lure them in a cat carrier for a couple of hours every day, to ensure that they are not yowling crazies once you place them in the car. Bring the cats out for short trips when you are doing errands--certainly in the carrier.

· Moving day, keep your cat as well as all kitty accessories within a room with the door shut. After the professional movers have loaded the moving trucks and you're ready to vacate, insert Kitty in the carrier. If your kitty doesn't travel nicely, your veterinarian might prescribe something, so your cat doesn't have a breakdown inside the car, thus making you along with the family dog plus the children to have their own mini-meltdowns.

· When you are set up in the new home, duplicate the moving-out procedure for several days. Keep the felines confined in a room together with their things, while you manage the hubbub of moving, unpacking, and settling in. Even with indoor cats, they will be more comfortable--and less inclined to demonstrate their discontent by overlooking the litter box--if you delay until you've settled in a bit to permit them to roam free inside your home.

· For outside cats, they'll need some time to adjust to the new smells of the house and also to realize this is the place their people are, before they ought to be let out to roam. Place some food outside to help remind them exactly where home is.


Your dog merely needs to be around you, however he'll get anxious when you're anxious. Canine stress is greatest pre-move, so here is how to keep Spot relaxed and cool if you are losing your head.

· Allow plenty of time for packing, should you be packing yourself. Watching a little activity day-to-day is not a big deal; heading to doggy day camp for the day and returning home to a vacant house may freak him out.

· Remain in your standard schedule--walks, dinner, anything you do, keep doing it.

· Update the contact details 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 stroll, and make sure dinner time is constant.

Fish, Hamsters, Birds

Secure the crates in the back of your car or truck or make use of a pet mover to handle them. As fish tanks and fish may be a obstacle to move, you could think about offering the aqua-pets to an elementary school.

Get copies of the pet's veterinary reports before you move to Austin, so you will have all the immunization details on hand if you have to board before you'll visit the new veterinarian.

Keeping your family pets happy as you move to Austin will go a considerable way to keeping you glad. Following these guidelines will alleviate the stress of moving the pets, at least.


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