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Dogs, cats, and even your pet budgie can be creatures of habit. Dogs, especially, are comforted by familiar surroundings and are used to regular schedules. That’s why a move to a new home or location can be a confusing time for your household pet. If you are planning a move, use these moving tips to reduce your pet’s stress before, during, and after you relocate.
If you’ve ever brought your pet to a kennel, then you know that keeping them calm up to the journey is the best way to prepare them. While you’re packing for your household movers, it's essential to keep up with your pet's routines. Take your dog for its daily walk, and ensure that their feeding, playtime, and sleep schedules are not disrupted right up to moving day. Some other ways you can prepare your pet for a move include:
Moving day can be traumatizing to your pet, with strangers entering your house, and furniture and boxes being taken out. If possible, you may want to board your cat or dog or leave it with a trusted family member or friend during your move.
If you are moving long-distance, we suggest you keep your pet in a hard-sided carrier that allows them space to lie down. Make sure to pack a bag that includes:
Once you've arrived at your destination, it's essential to familiarize your pet to its new surroundings. Re-establish its routine by taking your dog for a walk on-leash in the new neighbourhood. Place your cat in a safe room inside before letting it wander around your new home. Unpack your pets' everyday items, such as bowls, scratching posts, litter boxes, sleeping mats, etc., and place them in an easy-to-find spot right away.
Don’t forget to update your pets’ identification with your new address and phone number in case it gets lost.
For more smart moving tips, check out this blog: 6 Tips When Moving a Lot of Books.
Bekins Kelowna has everything you need to make moving less stressful. Our movers in Kelowna are equipped to help you move to your new location quickly and efficiently with convenient moving services, including packing and storage, for local, long-distance, commercial, and last-minute moves.