We have watched cars go by with a dog sticking its head out and soaking in the smells and sounds of whatever it passes by. We have seen cats sleeping under a ray of sunlight in the front seat of a car. All signs lead to pets loving car rides, except in one instance.
When the time comes for you and your family to move.
Animals possess a keen sense of what is to come and with moving, that sense is typically not a good one. However, you can do a few things to ease not only your pet’s angst, but also your own stress and anxiety.
Simulate Your Pet’s Safe Space
Most domesticated animals find solace in a certain area of your home, whether that is on a doggie bed or at the top of a cat tree. Since most moves involving a pet unfold in your car, simulate the area of your home where your cat or dog finds the most soothing comfort. The safe space can be inside a crate or flopping over several blankets.
Know the New Rules and Regulations
Moving your pet to a new home requires you to brush up on the rules and regulations that cover having a pet inside of your home. Local ordinances to know include leash laws, licensing guidelines, and the limit on the number of pets per household. You should also get acquainted with state law as it pertains to pets. If you are moving into an apartment, you need to know what restrictions the property owner places on pet owners. Don’t forget about health paperwork, such as obtaining a rabies tag for your pet.
The time has come to make sure your pet is updated on the devices that keep it safe. Make sure the ID tag attached to the collar reflects your new address, as well as the best phone number to reach you. Microchip your pet to be integrated into the pet recovery system operated by your new town. Keep a photo of your pet handy in case you need to show it to people. Now is a good time to buy a new leash and collar to ensure your pet remains within your sight during a move.
Getting from Point A to Point B
Most pets recognize a big change is coming when the boxes and suitcases begin to pile up next to a moving truck. Recognition turns into sheer panic when a pet sees the family house emptying. Driving your pet to a new home requires plenty of patience, as well as a driving plan that includes stopping at night for a break from the road. Buses and trains do not allow pets, and the stress of being isolated in an airplane can be life threatening. Unless you hire a professional service that relocates pets, you can count on driving your pet to a new home.
Moving should be a new chapter in the book called your life. It also should be a pleasant new chapter for your dog or cat.