Managing Pet Stress During Your Move to Little Rock

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

Moving your family is hectic no matter how you view it and holding the general anxiety from increasing for the humans can be quite a difficult task. However while you are ensuring your kids are alright with departing their schools, friends, and communities, remember that Spot and Leo get tense and need 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 therapy hats you've got to wear throughout the move to Little Rock. Animals which are living a contained lifestyle generally lack 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 may when he looks at you at suppertime.

Here is how you can keep your household pets relaxed and happy when 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 homes aren't necessarily 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 house to go back "home". This is not a real concern if you are moving down the street, otherwise, this can be a huge dilemma.

Give consideration to it--your cats won't rush to the door to go for an adventure every time you grab your car keys; they are completely content to keep sunning themselves on the windowsill--before you start packing and the windowsill vanishes behind a pile of cartons. Here's how to take care of your felines.

· Contain free-range felines, commencing a few months before you'll move to Little Rock. Get them used to staying indoors with you--if this means late-life litter box training, so be it. Lure them in a pet carrier for a few hours each day, to make sure that they are not meowing maniacs when you put them in the car. Take the cats out for brief rides if you're doing errands--certainly in the carrier.

· Moving day, keep the cat and all kitty accessories in a room in your home with the door closed. As soon as the professional movers have packed the trucks and you are ready to depart, put your cat into the carrier. If the cat does not travel nicely, a veterinarian might prescribe something, so your cat doesn't have a meltdown in the vehicle, therefore 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 procedure for a few days. Keep the cats confined in a space along with their things, while you take care of the hubbub of moving, unpacking, and settling in. Even with inside felines, they're going to be more comfortable--and less inclined to display their unhappiness 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. Set a bit of food outdoors to remind them 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 Spot 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 deal; going to doggy camp for a day and coming home to a vacant house will probably freak him out.

· Stay 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 be 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 transport, you could consider offering the aqua-pets to an elementary school.

Acquire copies of the pet's veterinarian 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 content as you move to Little Rock will go quite a distance to keeping you glad. Following these tips will certainly ease the strain of relocating the pets, at least.


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