When you are planning to move out of your home and into a new one, whether it is something that you have been contemplating for months or something that has popped up as a last minute necessity, it can be a challenging and stressful time. However, what you may not realize is that the stress is not just yours but also can affect your pets. And because you cannot just sit a pet down and explain the situation to them, you should get to know some of the steps that you can take to try to minimize the stress on your pets and to keep them safe and happy during the moving process.  

Try to Keep Clutter and Blocked Walkways to a Minimum

Your pets can get stressed out easily if they cannot navigate your home as they are accustomed to doing on a regular basis. As such, you will want to try to keep the clutter and blockages in your home to a minimum.

While you will be packing up and need room for boxes try to start stacking your boxes in areas that you and your pet do not frequent. If you can, start by packing up closets in spare rooms or hallways. Once those items are packed, you will have extra space in the closets to put boxes of items from other areas of your home. Storing the boxes out of the way will minimize disruptions and confusion for your pet.

You may also want to leave a designated area that is specifically for your pet untouched until the day of your move. You can keep a pet bed, their food and water dishes, toys, and any other items that they could want and need in that area. And because you will not pack anything from that area until the day you move, they will have comfort and familiarity in at least part of your home.

Have Your Pet Stay With A Friend Or Family On Moving Day And The Days Just Before

As your packing continues and your house becomes more and more in disarray, your pet will suffer more and more stress and anxiousness as a result. If at all possible during the final days of your packing process and on the actual day that you move, you may want to have your dog go stay with a good friend or a family member.

If they do not see their home being taken apart and taken away, they will suffer fewer negative consequences and will not be as stressed. Many pets may fear that they are going to be left behind when their owners move and they begin to behave in odd ways. This can lead to them getting out and running off on moving day as the door to your home will be opening and closing repeatedly throughout the course of the day.

In order to best minimize the possibility of your pet getting out or getting hurt because they are in the way while you are moving your possessions, they should not be in your home while this is occurring. If you have many possessions to move, consider hiring last minute movers to help you out so that you and your pet can get settled into your new home as soon as possible.

Now that you have a few ideas of how to minimize stress for your pets during the packing and moving process, you can be sure that you do everything that you can to make the process as easy on them as possible.