1. Reassure them often that everything’s okay. This may seem like a no-brainer, but house pets love their routine. When it’s disrupted, their whole world can suddenly seem uncertain. Make sure to keep their favorite toys and items with a familiar scent around, even when everything else is disappearing into boxes.
2. Put some of your possessions temporarily into a self storage unit to reduce clutter. This is especially helpful if your pet seems more anxious than usual, and it may also allow you to stay more organized.
3. When a dog or cat is being transported via carrier on moving day, set up your pet’s moving crate well in advance of the move and get them used to it. Drag their carrier out of the storage facilities where it’s been sitting for months, and line it with a cozy blanket. Add some of their favorite toys and leave the door unlatched to encourage exploration.
4. Consider housing your pet overnight with a friend or family member on the day of the move. That way, they won’t be underfoot while furniture is being transported, and they won’t have to stay in their cage all day.
5. Even with the most careful precautions, pets can be sneaky and get away in the chaos of a move. Microchip your pet just in case. Micro chipping is cheap (typically around $20), painless, and a good extra measure to ensure your pet can find its way home in case it gets lost. If lost, a veterinarian or shelter technician can simply scan your animal with a handheld device and discover your information to reunite you and your pal.
If your new residence is less spacious than you’re used to, or you’re planning to unpack at a leisurely pace, self storage of larger pet items like large bird cages, kitty condos and pet beds may be an ideal solution. Self Storage Services facilities are convenient, affordable and offer monthly rental options so that you can get your best friend back to their routine as soon as possible.