Managing Pet Stress During Your Move to Killeen

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

Moving your family is nerve-racking regardless of how you view it and holding the typical worry under control for the humans is often very a difficult task. However whilst you're making certain your kids will be alright with leaving their schools, friends, and communities, don't forget that Ruffie and Leo get anxious and require some extra TLC, as well. And of course, cats and dogs respond to environmental changes differently, so you will need a big head for all the therapy caps you must don over the move to Killeen. Family pets that live a contained life usually do not have the emotional connection you've got with your dogs and cats--fish in a tank just tend not to tug on your heartstrings like the puppy may when he looks at you at dinnertime.

Here is how you can keep your domestic pets calm and happy when you move to Killeen--so at least someone in the family is not a tense mess.


Cats are inclined to connect to places more than people--tales of cats which come with the residences are not actually apocryphal. They're a worry when they are outdoors cats and you are executing a long distance move--cats are known to leave the new home to go back "home". This isn't a real concern if you are heading around the block, otherwise, it is a huge worry.

Think about it--your cats do not go to the door to go for a car ride each time you grab your car keys; they may be perfectly content to continue sunning themselves on the windowsill--until you start packing and the windowsill disappears in back of a stack of boxes. Here's how to deal with your cats.

· Contain free-range cats, commencing a few months prior to when you move to Killeen. Get them familiar with being indoors with you--if this would mean late-life kitty litter box teaching, so be it. Encourage them in a pet carrier for a handful of hours every day, so that they aren't meowing crazies when you place them in your vehicle. Take the cats out for short rides if you're doing errands--definitely in the carrier.

· Moving day, put the cat and all kitty necessities in a room with the door shut. As soon as the professional movers have loaded the moving vans and you are able to vacate, place your cat into the pet carrier. If your kitty doesn't travel nicely, your vet could possibly prescribe something, so she won't have a breakdown inside the car, consequently causing you along with the dog plus the kids to have their own mini-meltdowns.

· As soon as you are set up in the new residence, duplicate the moving-out procedure for a while. Keep the cats contained in a room with their things, while you manage the commotion of moving, unpacking, and settling in. Even with inside felines, they'll be more comfortable--and less inclined to illustrate their unhappiness by overlooking the litter box--if you hold on until you've settled in a little to let them to roam free in the house.

· For outside kitties, they will require some time to get used to the new smells of the house and to recognize this is the place their people are, before they ought to be let out to roam. Set a bit of cat food outdoors to remind them exactly where home is.


Your pet dog simply likes to be around you, however he will get anxious when you're uneasy. Dog stress is highest pre-move, so here is how to keep Fido tranquil and cool if you are losing your head.

· Allow sufficient time for packing, if you're packing yourself. Watching a little movement on a daily basis is not a big deal; heading to puppy camp for the day and coming back home to a vacant home will probably freak him out.

· Keep in your normal routine--walks, mealtime, what you do, carry on doing it.

· Bring up to date the contact details if he's microchipped; you can usually go online to make those changes.

· At the new home, show him the yard, take him out for a walk, and be sure meal time is consistent.

Fish, Hamsters, Birds

Lock down the cages in the back of your vehicle or work with a pet mover to transport them. As aquariums and fish could be a headache to maneuver, you could look at giving the aqua-pets to an elementary school.

Acquire duplicates of the pet's veterinary records prior to when you move to Killeen, so you will have all the immunization documents on hand if you want to board before you see the new veterinary clinic.

Keeping the pets content when you move to Killeen goes a long way in direction of keeping you glad. Sticking to these pointers definitely will ease the stress of moving the pets, at least.


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