Managing Pet Stress During Your Move to Wichita Falls
By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group
Here is how you will be able to keep your household pets stress-free and happy when you move to Wichita Falls--so at least someone in the household isn't a jittery mess.
Cats are inclined to affix to locations more than people--tales of cats which go with the homes aren't actually apocryphal. They're a concern if they are outdoors cats and you're undertaking a long distance move--cats are known to depart the new house to return "home". This may not be a great concern if you're going around the street, otherwise, this can be a significant issue.
Think about it--your felines will not run to the door to go for a ride when you pick up your car keys; they may be entirely happy to continue sunning themselves on the windowsill--up to when you start packing and the windowsill is gone behind a stack of boxes. Here's how to manage your felines.
· Contain free-range cats, commencing several weeks before you'll move to Wichita Falls. Get them used to being inside with you--if this means late-life litter box coaching, so be it. Lure them into a cat carrier for a handful of hours each day, to make sure that they are not yowling maniacs when you put them in your vehicle. Take the cats out for brief trips if you're doing errands--always in the carrier.
· Moving day, keep your cat as well as all feline essentials in a room with the door shut. As soon as the professional movers have loaded the trucks and you're all set to leave, insert Kitty into the pet carrier. If your cat is not going to travel well, a veterinarian might prescribe something, so your cat doesn't have a meltdown in the car, thus causing you as well as the dog and the kids to have their own mini-meltdowns.
· When you are set up in the new home, replicate the moving-out procedure for several days. Keep the felines within a space along with their stuff, while you take care of the busyness of moving, unpacking, and settling in. Even with indoor cats, they're going to be more content--and less inclined to illustrate their unhappiness by ignoring the litter box--if you delay until you have settled in a tad to permit them to roam free in the house.
· For outdoor felines, they will require some time to get used to the new scents of the home and then to realize this is where their people are, before they ought to be let out to roam. Place some food outside to help remind them where exactly home is.
Your canine simply likes to be around you, yet he'll almost certainly get concerned if you are anxious. Canine stress is highest pre-move, so here's how to keep Fido calm and cool if you are losing your mind.
· Take sufficient time for packing, for anyone who is packing yourself. Seeing a little activity day by day isn't a big problem; going to doggie day camp for the day and coming back home to a bare house may freak him out.
· Stay in your standard routine--walks, supper, what you do, carry on doing it.
· Bring up to date the contact information 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 stroll, and ensure supper time is constant.
Fish, Hamsters, Birds
Lock down the crates in the rear of the car or make use of a pet mover to handle them. As aquariums and fish may be a nightmare to move, you could think about giving the aqua-pets to an elementary school.
Acquire copies of your pet's vet records prior to when you move to Wichita Falls, so you have all the immunization files on hand if you need to board prior to when you see the new veterinarian.
Keeping the pets content as you move to Wichita Falls will go a considerable way in direction of keeping you content. Following these tips definitely will ease the strain of relocating the pets, at least.
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