Managing Pet Stress During Your Move to Wichita Falls

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

Moving your family is hectic irrespective of how you view it and managing to keep the general tension from increasing for the humans is often rather a challenge. Yet while you are ensuring your kids are fine with leaving their schools, pals, and communities, don't forget that Ruffie and Leo get stressed out and need a little bit more TLC, also. Not to mention, dogs and cats respond to environmental transitions in various ways, so you'll need a big head for all the counseling hats you have got to put on during the move to Wichita Falls. Animals which live a contained existence generally do not have the emotional bond you might have with your felines and canines--fish in a tank just do not pull on your heartstrings similar to the dog may when he looks at you at mealtime.

Here is how you can keep your pets relaxed and content while you move to Wichita Falls--so at least someone in the family isn't a tense wreck.


Cats are inclined to affix to locations more than people--accounts of cats who come with the homes are not really apocryphal. They are a concern when they are outside cats and you are executing a long distance move--cats are known to depart the new home to return "home". This is not a real worry if you're heading down the block, otherwise, it's a tremendous challenge.

Give consideration to it--your cats won't go to the door to go for an adventure when you pick up your car keys; they're completely happy to keep sunning themselves on the windowsill--up to when you begin packing and the windowsill vanishes in back of a pile of boxes. Here is how to manage your felines.

· Contain free-range cats, commencing a few weeks before you'll move to Wichita Falls. Get them familiar with remaining indoors with you--if this would mean late-life litter box teaching, so be it. Entice them into a cat carrier for a couple of hours each day, to ensure that they are not yowling maniacs when you put them in your car or truck. Take the cats out for brief excursions when you're running errands--certainly in the carrier.

· Moving day, keep your cat as well as all kitty essentials within a room in your home with the door shut. As soon as the professional movers have loaded the moving trucks and you're all set to leave, place Kitty into the carrier. If your feline does not travel well, a veterinarian may prescribe something, so she doesn't have a breakdown in the vehicle, hence leading to you and the family dog and the children to have their own mini-meltdowns.

· Once you are established in the new home, duplicate the moving-out method for several days. Keep the pet cats within an area with their stuff, while you cope with the hubbub of moving, unpacking, and settling in. Even with inside kitties, they're going to be happier--and less likely to illustrate their unhappiness by ignoring the litter box--if you delay until you have settled in a bit to permit them to roam free inside your home.

· For outdoor cats, they'll require some time to adapt to the new scents of the house and also to understand this is the place their people are, before they should be let out to roam. Put a bowl of food outdoors to help remind them exactly where home is.


Your pup just likes to be around you, however he'll get nervous when you are tense. Dog stress is greatest pre-move, so here's how to keep Spot calm and cool if you are losing your head.

· Take sufficient time for packing, for anyone who is packing yourself. Watching a bit of activity day by day is not a huge problem; going to doggie day care for the day and returning home to an empty house is going to freak him out.

· Remain in your typical schedule--walks, dinner time, anything you do, keep doing it.

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

· At the new residence, show him the backyard, take him out for a walk, and make sure dinner time is consistent.

Fish, Hamsters, Birds

Secure the cages in the back of your vehicle or make use of a pet mover to handle them. As aquariums and fish may be a nightmare to transport, you could think about offering the aqua-pets to an elementary school.

Obtain duplicates of your pet's vet records before you move to Wichita Falls, so you have the whole set of immunization details on hand if you need to board prior to when you see the new veterinarian.

Keeping the family pets happy as you move to Wichita Falls goes a long way towards keeping you content. Following these tips will alleviate the stress of relocating the pets, at least.


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