Moving Is Stressful For Pets

Dated: 03/02/2018

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Moving can be stressful for everyone, even pets! For those of us with furry family members, we want to keep them as safe and as relaxed as possible. Pets don't know what's going on when you're moving, but with careful planning before, during, and after the moving process, you can make it a little more comfortable for them. 

Moving with Pets

  • Try to keep calm yourself. Moving is stressful for everyone! Pets can pick up on your mood, so the calmer you are, the calmer your animals. 

  • If you'll be transporting your pet by airplane, prepare him by going through a car wash. Car washes simulate the sounds and motions of flight. Speak to your pet with a calming voice while making the trip. 

  • Before moving, reduce their food intake by about a third. Nerves can upset a pet's stomach, and the bouncing or rocking of the transport can be upsetting as well. 

  • Microchip your pet, and make sure they have ID with your new address and correct phone numbers. 

  • If you're using a crate, make sure your pet gets used to it before moving. It should smell familiar and be cozy - line it with blankets and add some treats. 

  • Arrange for a pet-sitter while you're moving (especially on moving day - when you're moving out of your old home AND into your new one). This keeps your animals out of your way, and out of harm's way. 

  • Have copies of your pet's health records for a new vet. 

  • When you're ready to move into your new home, make sure it's ready for little paws to be walking around. Check for loose screws and nails, mouse traps or poisonous substances (ie: cleaning supplies), and any holes in cabinets or walls in which your aniamal could hide.  

          *Bonus tip - setting up furtniture in a similar pattern as your old house will help your pet be more comfortable in your new, strange home. And make sure you stick with their same feeding, potty and sleeping schedule. 

Moving with Pets

If you're ready to move with your pet, call the Realty Edge Team! Contact the Realty Edge Team at 507-218-9700 or at And like us on Facebook!

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Nate Cunningham

Nate grew up and graduated high school in Osage, Iowa. He served in the US Army and Iowa Army National Guard right out of high school and went on to complete one tour in Northeast Afghanistan. Nate th....

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