Managing Pet Stress During Your Move to Killeen
By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group
Here's how you can keep your household pets comfortable and happy as you move to Killeen--so at least somebody in the household is not a tense mess.
Felines have a tendency to connect to locations more than people--tales of cats which are included with the houses are not actually apocryphal. They are a worry if they're outside cats and you will be executing a long distance move--cats are known to leave the new home to go back "home". This isn't such a worry if you are going down the street, otherwise, it's a significant issue.
Give consideration to it--your cats do not go to the door to go for a ride each time you pick up your car keys; they may be completely happy to continue sunning themselves on the windowsill--up to when you start packing and the windowsill disappears in back of a pile of cartons. Here's how to deal with your cats.
· Contain free-range cats, starting a few weeks before you'll move to Killeen. Get them familiar with being indoors with you--if it indicates late-life kitty litter box teaching, so be it. Lure them in a pet carrier for a few hours every day, to make sure that they aren't meowing crazies when you place them in the car. Take the cats out for brief rides if you're doing errands--certainly in the carrier.
· Moving day, keep your cat along with all cat necessities within a room with the door shut. After the professional movers have loaded the moving trucks and you're ready to leave, place Kitty in the carrier. If your feline doesn't travel nicely, your vet may perhaps prescribe something, so your cat won't have a breakdown in the car, therefore making you as well as the dog plus the children to have their own mini-meltdowns.
· When you are installed in the new house, duplicate the moving-out method for a few days. Keep the pet cats within a space along with their belongings, as you take care of the busyness of moving, unpacking, and settling in. Even with inside cats, they'll be happier--and less inclined to display their displeasure by disregarding the litter box--if you delay until you've settled in a bit to permit them to roam free inside your home.
· For outside kitties, they are going to require some time to get accustomed to the new odors of the home and then to recognize this is where their people are, before they should be let out to wander. Set a bit of food outdoors to remind them where exactly home is.
Your dog merely wants to be around you, however he'll almost certainly get stressed when you are uneasy. Canine stress is highest pre-move, so here is how to keep your dog calm and cool when you're losing your head.
· Take plenty of time for packing, for anyone who is packing yourself. Watching a little bit of activity everyday is not a huge problem; heading to puppy day care for a day and returning home to a bare house may freak him out.
· Remain in your typical schedule--walks, mealtime, what you do, carry on doing it.
· Update the contact info if he has been microchipped; you can typically go online to make those changes.
· At the new house, show him the yard, take him out for a stroll, and ensure meal time is consistent.
Fish, Hamsters, Birds
Secure the crates in the rear of your vehicle or make use of a pet mover to move them. As aquariums and fish may be a challenge to transport, you could think about offering the aqua-pets to an elementary school.
Acquire copies of the pet's vet records prior to when you move to Killeen, so you will have the whole set of immunization details on hand if you need to board before you visit the new veterinarian.
Keeping your pets content as you move to Killeen will go a considerable way towards keeping you happy. Following these guidelines will ease the stress of moving the pets, at least.
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