Top Tips for Moving with Your Furbaby

Settling into a new home is always exciting! But, as with all moves, it can also be really stressful and overwhelming. Your furbaby may feel the stress too (even if they don’t help with packing!) A new home means new smells, locations, faces, and even a new routine.

Here are some tips to help make the transition a little less stressful for your dog.

Before the Move

1.) Pack all of your dog’s things last!
This allows you to slowly transition them into a new environment. Imagine how strange it would be if all of your stuff suddenly just disappeared!Surrounding them with their favourite things helps to make transitions less sudden and strange. Try to keep to their daily routine as much as possible during the move. This usually means walking and feeding them at roughly the same time every day.

2.) Visit the new area
In the few weeks leading up to the move, take them for walks in the area. It’s a great way to get them introduced to their new neighbourhood. This gives shy furbabies time to explore while adventurous furbabies can get excited for the big move!

3.) Crate training
If you’re moving away far enough that you need to travel – either a long car trip or a plane ride – it is very important to start crate training early. You want your dog to know that their crate is a safe space. This will make long-haul trips a lot less stressful.

4.) Make sure ALL your details have been updated
If you live in New South Wales, update all your information on your pet’s microchip by going on the Pet Registry website or your new local council. Updating the information on your pet’s tag is also a good idea. This will ensure that if anything were to accidentally happen during the move, everything is already up to date and you don’t need to stress about chasing it all up. If you are moving interstate/overseas there are different protocols. Make sure you are aware of what is required before you move.

5.) Visit your local veterinarian:
A few weeks before the move, visit your local vet to ensure that their vaccinations and prevention are all up-to-date. If you’re unable to go back to the same vet after the move, let your current vet know that you’re moving and have your pet’s medical records sent to your new vet.

During the Move

1.) Leave your furbaby out of moving day
Moving days are stressful for both humans and pets! It’s often a frantic time and sensitive furbabies can get stressed while rambunctious furbabies might get in the way. That’s why we recommend leaving your pet in the care of someone they trust. It keeps them away from all the hustle and bustle while keeping them safe (no accidental escapes or injuries!).If your furbaby needs to be with you on the day, make sure they are in a secure area with distractions like treats or toys. This way, your pet is happy and relaxed while all the boxes are being packed away.

2.) Make the journey as comfortable as possible
This is especially important if your furbaby is joining you on a long trip. Regular toilet breaks, water, and snacks are a must. Stop as much as necessary to keep them calm and relaxed. You don’t want them stressed out before they’ve even arrived at their new home!

After the Move

1.) Keep things as familiar as possible
For the first few weeks, keep them to their old routine as much as possible. Some furbabies also find it comforting to have the same toys and the same bedding.

2.) Be patient with toileting
Accidents are bound to happen, even for the most experienced dog/cat. Be patient with them as they find their feet.

Anxious cats are especially likely to have accidents, so it’s wise to make sure you have a sufficient number of litter boxes to start. It’s also super important to prevent them from becoming anxious because it can be a bit of a vicious cycle. This bring us to the next point, which is…

3.) Keep stress levels low
Do whatever it takes to keep stress levels low! It’s harder to chill out when your stress levels are 10/10. Your veterinarian may have recommended a number of strategies to help manage stress, including:

  • Pheromone analogues (Adaptil and/or Feliway)
  • Zylkene supplements
  • L-tryptophan supplements
  • Anti-anxiety medication

 

We try to tackle anxiety because mental health is genuinely important to your furbabies. It’s difficult enough not being able to talk – imagine being anxious and not being able to show it! Furthermore, anxiety can predispose to medical conditions (especially in cats). Some cats are more likely to get urinary tract disease while others may have vomiting or diarrhoea. It is very important to contact your veterinarian if you have any concerns.

Are you moving near us (that is, anywhere near Zetland or Waterloo in New South Wales)? Come say hi! We’d love to meet you!

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