Managing Pet Stress During Your Move to Little Rock

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

Moving your family is hectic regardless of how you view it and keeping the typical anxiety from increasing for the humans is often rather a challenge. However while you're ensuring your children are alright with leaving their schools, buddies, and communities, remember that Fido and Leo get tense and want a little bit more TLC, also. Not to mention, dogs and cats are affected by environmental changes differently, so you may need a sizeable head for all the counseling hats you have got to put on throughout the move to Little Rock. Animals which are living a contained lifestyle usually don't have the emotional connection you might have with your cats and dogs--fish in a tank just don't tug on your heartstrings like the dog will when he looks at you at suppertime.

Here is how you can keep your household pets relaxed and happy while you move to Little Rock--so at least someone in the family isn't a nervous wreck.


Felines tend to connect to places more than people--tales of cats which go with the houses aren't actually apocryphal. They're a worry if they are outdoors cats and you're executing a long distance move--cats are known to depart the new home to go back "home". This isn't a real worry if you are moving down the street, otherwise, this can be a huge concern.

Give consideration to it--your cats do not rush to the door to go for a ride when you get your car keys; they are completely content to keep sunning themselves on the windowsill--before you begin packing and the windowsill vanishes behind a pile of cartons. Here's how to take care of your cats.

· Contain free-range felines, commencing several weeks before you'll move to Little Rock. Get them used to being indoors with you--if this means late-life cat litter box coaching, so be it. Lure them in a pet carrier for a couple of hours daily, to make sure that they are not meowing maniacs when you put them in your vehicle. Take the cats out for brief rides when you are doing errands--certainly in the carrier.

· Moving day, keep the cat and all kitty accessories inside a room in your home with the door closed. As soon as the professional movers have packed the moving vans and you are able to leave, put your cat into the carrier. If your cat does not travel nicely, your vet may prescribe something, so your cat doesn't have a meltdown in the car, consequently leading to you along with the family dog plus the children to have their own mini-meltdowns.

· Once you are established in the new residence, repeat the moving-out process for a few days. Keep the felines confined in a space with their things, as you take care of the hubbub of moving, unpacking, and settling in. Even with inside cats, they're going to be happier--and less inclined to demonstrate their discontent by ignoring the litter box--if you hold on until you've settled in a bit to allow them to roam free in the house.

· For outside kitties, they will need some time to get accustomed to the new odors of the house and to recognize this is where their people are, before they should be let out to wander. Place a bit of food outdoors to remind them exactly where home is.


Your pet dog merely likes to be with you, yet he'll almost certainly get anxious when you're tense. Canine anxiety is greatest pre-move, so here's how to keep Fido comfortable and cool if you are losing your head.

· Give plenty of time for packing, for anyone who is packing yourself. Watching a little movement day by day isn't a big problem; going to doggy day care for a day and coming home to a vacant house will probably freak him out.

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

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

· At the new home, show him the backyard, take him out for a stroll, and make sure dinner time is steady.

Fish, Hamsters, Birds

Secure the cages in the back of the car or make use of a pet mover to move them. As aquariums and pet fish may be a nightmare to maneuver, you could look at offering the aqua-pets to an elementary school.

Acquire copies of the pet's veterinary files before you move to Little Rock, so you will have the whole set of immunization files handy if you want to board before you'll visit the new veterinary clinic.

Keeping your family pets happy as you move to Little Rock will go a long way to keeping you glad. Adhering to these tips will certainly ease the stress of relocating the pets, at least.


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