Managing Pet Stress During Your Move to Atlanta
By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group
Here is how you will be able to keep your pets stress-free and happy as you move to Atlanta--so at least somebody in the household is not a jittery wreck.
Felines are inclined to affix to locations more than people--tales of cats which are included with the residences are not necessarily apocryphal. They are a issue if they are outside cats and you are undertaking a long distance move--cats have been known to depart the new home to return "home". This isn't a great worry if you are going around the street, otherwise, it's a tremendous challenge.
Consider it--your cats won't go to the door to go for a car ride each time you pick up your car keys; they're completely happy to keep sunning themselves on the windowsill--before you begin packing and the windowsill vanishes behind a heap of cartons. Here is how to deal with your cats.
· Contain free-range cats, commencing a few weeks before you'll move to Atlanta. Get them used to staying inside with you--if this means late-life kitty litter box training, so be it. Entice them into a animal carrier for a few hours daily, to make sure that they're not meowing crazies when you put them in the car. Bring the cats out for brief rides if you're doing errands--always in the carrier.
· Moving day, place the cat as well as all cat necessities within a room with the door shut. As soon as the professional movers have packed the moving trucks and you are all set to depart, place your cat in the pet carrier. If the cat is not going to travel well, your veterinarian may prescribe something, so your cat doesn't have a meltdown in the car, hence making you and the family dog and the kids to have their own mini-meltdowns.
· When you are set up in the new home, replicate the moving-out process for several days. Keep the cats confined in an area together with their stuff, while you cope with the commotion of moving, unpacking, and settling in. Even with inside cats, they're going to be more comfortable--and less likely to demonstrate their unhappiness by overlooking the litter box--if you wait until you have settled in a little to permit them to roam free in the house.
· For outside cats, they will take some time to get accustomed to the new scents of the home and to realize this is where their people are, before they should be let out to roam. Set a bit of food outside to remind them where home is.
Your dog merely wants to be with you, but he'll get nervous when you are uneasy. Canine anxiety is greatest pre-move, so here is how to keep Spot comfortable and cool when you're losing your mind.
· Give a lot of time for packing, if you're packing yourself. Seeing a bit of movement day-to-day is not a big deal; heading to doggy camp for the day and returning home to a bare household will probably freak him out.
· Remain in your normal schedule--walks, supper, anything you do, keep doing it.
· Bring up to date the information if he is microchipped; you can generally 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 steady.
Fish, Hamsters, Birds
Secure the crates in the rear of your vehicle or hire a pet mover to transport them. As fish tanks and fish can be a obstacle to maneuver, you could think about donating the aqua-pets to an elementary school.
Get copies of your pet's vet records before you move to Atlanta, so you have all the immunization records handy if you have to board before you see the new veterinarian.
Keeping your household pets comfortable while you move to Atlanta goes a long way to keeping you content. Sticking to these tips definitely will relieve the stress of moving the pets, at least.
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