Managing Pet Stress During Your Move to Denver

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

Moving the household is hectic irrespective of how you look at it and managing to keep the usual tension at bay for the humans can be quite a challenge. Yet while you're making certain your youngsters are alright with departing their schools, friends, and communities, remember that Spot and Leo get tense and need some additional TLC, too. And naturally, dogs and cats are affected by environmental transitions in various ways, so you may need a large head for all the therapy caps you have got to don during the move to Denver. Family pets which are living a contained existence generally do not have the emotional connection you have with the dogs and cats--fish in a tank just don't pull on your heartstrings like the puppy does when he looks at you at suppertime.

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


Cats tend to attach to locations more than people--tales 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 undertaking a long distance move--cats have been known to leave the new residence to return "home". This isn't such a worry if you're heading 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 perfectly 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 manage your felines.

· Contain free-range felines, beginning a few weeks prior to when you move to Denver. Get them used to staying inside with you--if it indicates late-life cat litter box training, so be it. Entice them into a animal carrier for a handful of hours each day, so that they aren't meowing maniacs after you place them in your vehicle. Bring the cats out for brief rides when you are running errands--definitely in the carrier.

· Moving day, keep your cat and all kitty necessities in a room with the door closed. As soon as the professional movers have packed the trucks and you're all set to leave, put your cat in the pet carrier. If the feline is not going to travel well, a veterinarian could possibly prescribe something, so your cat does not have a breakdown inside the car, consequently causing you as well as the family dog plus the children to have their own mini-meltdowns.

· When you are set up in the new residence, duplicate the moving-out method for several days. Keep the cats contained in a room together with their stuff, while you manage the busyness of moving, unpacking, and settling in. Even with indoor cats, they'll 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 bit to let them to roam free inside your home.

· For outdoor cats, they are going to need some time to adapt to the new smells of the home and to realize this is where their people are, before they ought to be let out to roam. Set a bit of cat food outside to help remind them exactly where home is.


Your pup merely likes to be with you, but 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, should you be 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 house 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 house, show him the lawn, take him out for a walk, and be sure meal time is consistent.

Fish, Hamsters, Birds

Secure the cages in the back of the car or work with a pet mover to handle them. As fish tanks and fish may be a issue to maneuver, 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 files on hand if you want to board prior to when you see the new veterinarian.

Keeping your family pets happy as you move to Denver goes a long way in direction of keeping you content. Adhering to these pointers will certainly ease the pressure of moving the pets, at least.


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