Managing Pet Stress During Your Move to Atlanta

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

Moving your family is stressful no matter how you slice and dice it and managing to keep the general anxiety from increasing for the humans is often rather a challenge. But while you are making sure your children are okay with departing their schools, buddies, and neighborhoods, remember that Ruffie and Leo get stressed out and need some additional TLC, as well. And of course, your pets respond to environmental shifts in various ways, so you will need a sizeable head for all the therapy hats you have got to wear throughout the move to Atlanta. Animals which are living a contained existence typically do not have the emotional bond you have with the cats and dogs--fish in a tank just do not pull on your heartstrings similar to the dog can when he looks at you at suppertime.

Here is how you will be able to keep your domestic pets calm and content as you move to Atlanta--so at least somebody in the household is not a stressed wreck.


Cats are inclined to affix to locations more than people--tales of cats who go with the homes are not really apocryphal. They're a worry when they are outdoors cats and you will be executing a long distance move--cats are known to depart the new residence to go back "home". This may not be a real worry if you're going down the street, otherwise, it's a tremendous concern.

Give consideration to it--your cats won't run to the door to go for a car ride each time you get your car keys; they are completely happy to continue sunning themselves on the windowsill--up to when you start packing and the windowsill vanishes in back of a pile of cartons. Here's how to take care of your cats.

· Contain free-range felines, beginning a few months before you'll move to Atlanta. Get them familiar with staying indoors with you--if this means late-life kitty litter box training, so be it. Encourage them into a pet carrier for a couple of hours each day, to make sure that they aren't meowing crazies when you place them in your car or truck. Take the cats out for short excursions while you are doing errands--certainly in the carrier.

· Moving day, keep the cat along with all cat accessories in a area with the door shut. As soon as the professional movers have loaded the moving vans and you're ready to depart, put Kitty into the pet carrier. In the event your feline doesn't travel well, your veterinarian may perhaps prescribe something, so she won't have a meltdown in the car, consequently making you along with the dog and the children to have their own mini-meltdowns.

· When you are installed in the new residence, repeat the moving-out process for a while. Keep the felines confined in a space along with their belongings, while you take care of the hubbub of moving, unpacking, and settling in. Even with inside kitties, they're going to be more comfortable--and less likely to demonstrate their discontent by overlooking the litter box--if you wait until you've settled in a bit to let them to roam free in the house.

· For outdoor kitties, they are going to need some time to adapt to the new odors of the house and then to realize this is the place their people are, before they should be let out to wander. Put a bowl of food outdoors to help remind them where exactly home is.


Your pet dog merely needs to be with you, yet he will get anxious if you are tense. Dog anxiety is highest pre-move, so here is how to keep your dog calm and cool when you are losing your mind.

· Allow plenty of time for packing, should you be packing yourself. Seeing a little movement daily isn't a big deal; heading to puppy day camp for the day and coming home to a vacant house is going to freak him out.

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

· Bring up to date the information if he is microchipped; you can usually go online to make those changes.

· At the new home, show him the lawn, take him out for a walk, and ensure supper time is consistent.

Fish, Hamsters, Birds

Secure the crates in the rear of your car or truck or make use of a pet mover to transport them. As fish tanks and pet fish could be a nightmare to maneuver, you could look at donating the aqua-pets to an elementary school.

Get duplicates of your pet's vet reports prior to when you move to Atlanta, so you will have all the immunization records on hand if you need to board before you see the new veterinarian.

Keeping the pets content while you move to Atlanta will go quite a distance in direction of keeping you glad. Following these tips will certainly ease the stress of moving the pets, at least.


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