Are you contemplating a big move? If so, you’re not alone in the logistics maze. Alongside the humdrum of packing, moving timelines, and changing addresses, there’s one crucial aspect you mustn’t forget – your pets. As doting pet parents, it’s natural to worry about how our furry companions will react to the transition. Well, don’t fret. At Relocate MENA, we’ve got years of experience under our belts, and we’re here to guide you through this challenging process, ensuring it is as stress-free as possible for both you and your pets.
Prepare Them Early
Just like humans, pets appreciate routine and predictability. Disrupting their usual environment can cause anxiety. To help mitigate this, introduce changes gradually. Start packing well in advance, allowing your pet to become accustomed to the boxes and the movement around the house. Try to keep their feeding and walking routines consistent. This semblance of normality can go a long way in reducing their anxiety.
Invest in a Quality Pet Carrier
Ensure your pet is travelling safely and comfortably during the move. A sturdy, well-ventilated carrier is essential, especially for long journeys. Familiarise your pet with the carrier ahead of the moving day, by allowing them to play or sleep in it. This will help the carrier feel like a safe place during the journey.
Talk to Your Vet
Discuss your moving plans with your vet. They can provide advice tailored to your pet’s health needs and might suggest medications or supplements to help with anxiety or motion sickness. They can also update vaccinations and provide records which could be useful if you’re moving abroad or need to engage a pet sitter or boarding service during the move.
Keep Pets Away on Moving Day
The hustle and bustle of moving day can be stressful for pets. It may be helpful to keep them in a quiet, secure room with their favourite toys and bedding. Alternatively, consider asking a friend to look after them, or use a pet-sitting service. EasyMove offers a network of reliable pet-sitters who can make your moving day less of a worry.
Create a Pet Essentials Box
Pack a ‘pet essentials box’ with food, treats, toys, bedding, and any necessary medication. Having everything in one place can help settle your pet into their new environment and is handy during the journey.
Help Them Adjust to the New Home
Once you arrive at your new home, it’s essential to help your pets adjust to their new surroundings. Spend quality time with them and introduce them to the new spaces gradually. Start with one room and gradually increase their access. Re-establish routines quickly to help them feel secure.
It’s crucial to remember that pets might take a while to adjust to their new surroundings. They might act differently – hide, or be more vocal. Show them love and patience. It’s their way of dealing with change.
While we’ve covered a lot of ground, every pet is an individual, and your experiences might vary. Just remember, the love and security you provide will be your pet’s biggest comfort during the upheaval. Even in a brand-new environment, you are their home. Moving day might not be their favourite day, but it’s merely one day in the countless you’ll spend together in your new place. Embrace the adventure and enjoy exploring your new neighbourhood together, because after all, home is where the heart is, and for our pets, that’s anywhere we are.