When you’re moving to DC Ranch with four-legged family members, you know you need to take extra-special care with them – the last thing you want is to stress them out.
So where do you start?
5 Pet Safety Tips to Use During Your Move to DC Ranch
If you’re like most pet parents, your primary concern is your pet’s safety. Use these five tips to keep him or her secure – and as free from stress as possible – during your move:
- Prepare her for crate travel
- Bring in boxes early
- Keep him away from the action
- Move your pet in your own car
- Let her get acclimated at the right pace
1. Prepare Your Pet for Crate Travel
Not all animals like traveling in crates (we’re looking at you, cats), but it’s necessary for their own safety – and that’s true whether you’re moving across town or across the country. Try to get your pet used to traveling in a crate by leaving the crate open for several days. Put a few of your pet’s toys inside, then place his or her food and water in there. Eventually, your pet will become so comfortable in the crate that you can easily close the door without causing him or her stress. You may also want to take a few drives around the block to make sure your pet is accustomed to traveling in the car.
2. Bring in Boxes Early
No cat has ever complained about having too many empty boxes. If you have dogs, they might not care at all – but the point is that the sooner you bring in the boxes, the better. (Bonus: You’ll have more time to pack.) Your pet will get used to seeing them around the house and won’t freak out when the things he or she is used to start disappearing.
3. Keep Your Pet Away From the Action
On moving day, empty out an entire room first. Put a comfortable bed, toys and your pet’s crate, as well as food and water, in the now-empty room. (If you have a cat, don’t forget the litter box!) Close the door with your pet inside to help minimize stress and to prevent an accidental escape. Don’t open the door again unless it’s time for a potty break or it’s time to pack up the family and travel to your new home.
4. Move Your Pet in Your Own Car
For most pet parents, this isn’t even a question – pets belong with the rest of the family. Secure his or her carrier with a seatbelt, if possible. If it makes your pet more comfortable, consider putting a blanket over his or her crate.
5. Let Your Pet Get Acclimated at His or Her Own Pace
It’s tempting to let your pet explore the whole house at once, but that’s a surefire way to create more stress. The best way to let your pet get acclimated to your new home is to go room-by-room. At first, keep your pet in one room until he or she gets used to the new sights and smells. You can gradually open up the home to your pet, but if he or she seems overwhelmed, keep a few doors closed – you’ll be there for a while, so there’s plenty of time to explore.
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