6 Tips for Moving to Wichita Falls with Cats and Dogs
By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group
Tip #1: Have One, Final Vet Visit
Some pets don't relish in trips to the vet, but if you are moving it is important to make sure your animals get one, final checkup. This is doubly vital if you're moving across the country so that you'll have to find a new vet, or if a plane trip will be necessary to get to your destination. Make sure you get the pet’s proof of vaccines, prescriptions, and any other paperwork you are going to require. If you wait until you're a long way away from your vet to get this done, it can be a big, un-called-for stressor in addition to your move.
Tip #2: Board Your Pets (If You Can)
Boarding may be rough on furry family members who have separation anxiety, but it's many times a practical answer in the long-run if you are moving to a new residence. If you board your pets for loading day and unloading day then you do not have to be anxious about them being underfoot, there's zero chance of them running out of the house, and you are not constantly keeping track of them. It saves time, worry, and risk, which can help your move go with less worry.
Tip #3: Preserve as Much Routine as Possible
Our pets thrive on routine, and they are unsure when it changes. Changes in routine could be viewed as a threat, so it has a tendency to result in all kinds of extra worry on their part. So, you could try to organize your move to Wichita Falls so that it upsets your furry family members’ routines (as well as your own) as little as possible. Allow them to get used to what's happening slowly, and they will respond much better. Also, when you move them, be sure you bring their belongings with them when you can. Favorite treats and blankets can act like a security blanket, and help your pets be calmer during the move.
Tip #4: Make Sure Your Pets Are Comfortable With Their Traveling Accommodations
No matter if you own dogs or cats, you don't want to pick them up, toss them in the car, and start driving one day. You need to take the time to get your pets used to traveling. For example, if you have a feline, put their crate on the floor with the door open. Let them get used to it being there, and give them a chance to explore it. If you own a dog, get them used to a crate, or a kennel. Take them on progressively longer car rides, and get them used to being passengers if you can. The more care you can allow getting your pets on-board with moving (even if they are not ever really going to like it), the simpler things are going to be.
Tip #5: Identification
Make sure and keep identification on your pet all of the time. If the unthinkable takes place and your pet gets lost in the chaos of the move, how else will they find their way back to you? Make sure that their collar is sized correctly and that their tag includes a phone number that will not be turned off during the move.
Tip #6: Chill Out... Your Pets Are Watching
Moving is an anxious time, there is no two-ways about that. Even if everything goes without a hitch (which it never does), you're going to have days where you just want to lay on the floor and pitch a good, old-fashioned temper tantrum. No matter how crazy things get, though, it is crucial for you to not forget that little eyes are watching you, and that you might be startling them.
Your furry friends are already under a lot of stress from the whole process of moving. New things are appearing without explanation, familiar stuff is going away, and there are new people showing up all the time. So, take a moment, take a breath, and remember that your pets need you to be collected and reassuring for them. Otherwise it might tip them over the edge of the stress meter.