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A Guide When Moving With Pets

Monday, January 12, 2015

Moving to a new home could be a fun and exciting experience for both you and your furry pals. However, just like the process can be very overwhelming and stressful, it can feel the same way for cats or dogs. The following are some tips:

Introduce a New Crate:

Whether you are moving with cats or dogs, introduce your pet to its new crate several months before the day of the move to make your pet more comfortable during the trip. Leave the new crate out for three to five weeks in advance to encourage your pet to crawl in and check it out. Leave catnip or dog treats inside the crate to encourage your pet to explore it. See to it that it's well ventilated and sturdy if your pet chews a lot. When you're moving with cats, put a little tray inside the crate.

Keep it Safe in the Vehicle:

Do not let your pet to run free in your car. Your dog may want to stick its head out the window and be vulnerable to debris carried by the air. A feline could crawl all over the car and find itself onto dashboards and under seats, making it risky for the person driving your vehicle.

Keep Pet Food & Medications Easily Accessible:

Don't pack all of your furry friend's essentials, but have at least one week's worth of its medication and food on hand. Before relocating, ask the veterinarian for extra prescription refill.

Prevent Motion Sickness:

Just like people, canines and felines can also get motion sickness and can get dehydrated when traveling. It is not necessary to supply food and water to your pet for a short trip. Most pets will not drink or eat anything while the vehicle is on the go. If your dog or cat has a sensitive tummy, it is best not to supply food within 4 hours of travel.

For pups, light feeding and lots of water must be given at regular intervals. Give it wet food to provide more hydration benefits to your pet. But if it's not used to wet foot, give it another food.

Take Short Breaks:

If you're staying in the vehicle for a long period of time, be sure to take regular breaks to give you pet some time to stretch a little and go to the bathroom. On the other hand, cats should not be allowed out at the pit stop. Wait until you have arrived at your new house to allow the animal out.

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