Managing Pet Stress During Your Move to Denver

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

Moving the family is hectic irrespective of how you look at it and managing to keep the usual tension from increasing for the humans is often rather a difficult task. Yet while you are making certain your youngsters are okay with leaving their schools, buddies, and communities, don't forget that Fido and Leo get tense and need some additional TLC, as well. And naturally, cats and dogs are affected by environmental transitions in various ways, so you may need a large head for all the therapy caps you've got to don throughout the move to Denver. Creatures which are living a contained existence usually do not have the emotional attachment you have with the cats and dogs--fish in a tank just do not pull on your heartstrings like the dog does when he looks at you at suppertime.

Here is how you will be able to keep your household pets comfortable and happy when you move to Denver--so at least someone in the household is not a jittery mess.


Cats have a tendency to affix to locations more than people--stories of cats which are included with the residences are not necessarily apocryphal. They are a issue if they're outside cats and you will be carrying out a long distance move--cats have been known to leave the new residence to return "home". This is not such a worry if you're going down the street, otherwise, it is a significant problem.

Think about it--your felines don't rush to the door to go for a car ride when you grab your car keys; they're completely happy to continue sunning themselves on the windowsill--up to when you start packing and the windowsill is gone in back of a stack of boxes. Here is how to deal with your felines.

· Contain free-range felines, starting a few weeks prior to when you move to Denver. Get them used to being inside with you--if this means late-life cat litter box training, so be it. Lure them into a animal carrier for a handful of hours daily, to ensure that they aren't meowing maniacs after you place them in the car. Bring the cats out for brief rides if you're running errands--definitely in the carrier.

· Moving day, place the cat as well as all cat essentials inside a room with the door closed. As soon as the professional movers have packed the moving vans and you're all set to leave, put your cat in the pet carrier. If your feline is not going to travel well, your vet could possibly prescribe something, so your cat doesn't have a breakdown inside the car, consequently making you as well as the family dog plus the kids to have their own mini-meltdowns.

· When you are set up in the new residence, duplicate the moving-out method for a few days. Keep the cats contained in a room together with their things, while you manage the hubbub of moving, unpacking, and settling in. Even with indoor cats, they will be more comfortable--and less likely to display their unhappiness by overlooking the litter box--if you hold on until you have settled in a little to allow them to roam free inside your home.

· For outdoor felines, they are going to need some time to get accustomed to the new scents of the home and to realize this is where their people are, before they ought to be let out to roam. Set some cat food outside to help remind them where home is.


Your pup merely likes to be with you, however he'll almost certainly get stressed when you are anxious. Canine stress is greatest pre-move, so here is how to keep your dog calm and cool if you are losing your head.

· Take a lot of time for packing, if you're packing yourself. Seeing a little movement day by day isn't a huge problem; heading to puppy day camp for the day and coming home to a bare home may freak him out.

· Stay in your normal schedule--walks, dinner time, what you do, keep doing it.

· Update the contact info if he has been microchipped; you can normally go online to make those changes.

· At the new home, show him the yard, take him out for a walk, and be sure meal time is constant.

Fish, Hamsters, Birds

Secure the cages in the back of your car or truck or hire a pet mover to handle them. As fish tanks and fish may be a challenge to transport, you could look at giving the aqua-pets to an elementary school.

Acquire copies of the pet's veterinarian records before you move to Denver, so you have all the immunization details on hand if you need to board before you see the new vet.

Keeping your family pets happy while you move to Denver goes quite a distance towards keeping you content. Following these pointers will relieve the pressure of moving the pets, at least.


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