Moving With Pets: Part 2 of 3

Moving With Pets: Part 2 of 3

Author: Ashley Lipman

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You and Your Pets

Our lives are full of adventures and journeys, and one of which is moving. Most of us will have to move at one time for another. Whether you use a platform like UMoveFree to find an apartment, or a local realtor to buy a home, moving is very common. This could be for a new job, to be closer to family, or simply for a change of scenery.

With over 85 million American households having pets, on many of our moves and journeys, pets will be coming with us. While moving can be a stressful time for everyone involved, this is especially true for your pets. They can experience stress just like you and I. This goes for dogs, cats, birds, and just about every other type of pet you could imagine.

This article is going to look at not only how and why moving can be stressful for pets, but what you as an owner can do to make it better for them.

Why is Moving Stressful for Pets?

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Just like many people will struggle with new things, so do pets. Pets spend their entire lives in your home, and as a result, become quite attached to it. So once you move, their entire life is shaken and turned upside down, which can lead to a lot of stress. Your pet feels safe and comfortable in your home and going somewhere new can be frightening and make them feel unsafe.

While it’s not always clear to see when your pet is stressed, there are some signs you can look out for. They make look around anxiously, may have a slight tremble, may whine, could tuck their tail, and might hide. Our pets are creatures of habit, so anything that makes them change up their routine can be quite jarring. As you could imagine, moving is a big change, which is why it is so stressful for pets.

How to Make Your Move Less Stressful for Pets

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So now that you know that pets can often be stressed during a move and why, let’s look at a few things you can do to make your move as low-stress as possible for your pet

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Be Patient and Calm

Every pet is different and will handle the stress differently. You need to be patient with your pet and give them the time they need to adjust and become comfortable with their new home.
In addition to being patient, you should also do your best to be calm during the move. Our pets will look to us for cues, so if you exude a lot of stress, your pet will likely follow. However, if you are relaxed, they have a good chance of being the same.

Keep Them From Away From the Action

If you’re able to, try to keep your pet away from the action and commotion of the move, as that can often lead to additional stress. Having them stay at the home of a friend or family member can help your pet’s stress levels in a big way. Of course, this may not be possible on a cross-country move.

Try to Keep Their Routine Relatively Consistent

During your move, if you can keep the routine of your pet fairly consistent, it can help them as well. Feed them at the same time, take them for walks at the same time and generally do anything you can to make sure there is still a little bit of consistency in their lives.

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In conclusion, we hope that this article has been able to help you learn how to make your next move stress-free for your pet.

Ashley Lipman - Guest Blogger

About the Author:

Ashley Lipman – Content Marketing Specialist

Ashley Lipman is an award-winning writer who discovered her passion for providing knowledge to readers worldwide on topics closest to her heart – all things digital. Since her first high school award in Creative Writing, she continues to deliver awesome content through various niches touching the digital sphere.

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