Managing Pet Stress During Your Move to Tulsa
By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group
Here's how you might keep your pets stress-free and happy as you move to Tulsa--so at least somebody in the household isn't a jittery wreck.
Felines are inclined to connect to places more than people--accounts of cats which go with the residences are not actually apocryphal. They're a worry if they are outdoors cats and you are executing a long distance move--cats have been known to depart the new home to go back "home". This may not be a real issue if you are heading around the block, otherwise, this can be a tremendous challenge.
Think about it--your felines won't go to the door to go for a car ride each time you pick up your car keys; they're perfectly content to keep sunning themselves on the windowsill--before you begin packing and the windowsill disappears behind a heap of cartons. Here is how to take care of your cats.
· Contain free-range felines, beginning a few months prior to when you move to Tulsa. Get them accustomed to being indoors with you--if it indicates late-life cat litter box teaching, so be it. Entice them into a animal carrier for a few hours a day, so that they aren't yowling crazies after you put them in your vehicle. Take the cats out for brief rides while you're doing errands--certainly in the carrier.
· Moving day, place the cat along with all feline necessities in a room in your home with the door shut. After the professional movers have loaded the moving trucks and you are able to vacate, insert your cat into the pet carrier. If your cat is not going to travel well, your vet could prescribe something, so she does not have a meltdown in the vehicle, thus making you as well as the family dog plus the kids to have their own mini-meltdowns.
· When you're established in the new residence, replicate the moving-out process for a while. Keep the felines within a space with their things, whilst you take care of the commotion of moving, unpacking, and settling in. Even with indoor cats, they will be more content--and less likely to demonstrate their discontent by ignoring the litter box--if you hold on until you've settled in a bit to allow them to roam free inside your home.
· For outdoor cats, they are going to need some time to get used to the new odors of the house and then to understand this is the place their people are, before they should be let out to roam. Put some cat food outdoors to help remind them where exactly home is.
Your canine just wants to be with you, however he will get stressed when you are uneasy. Dog anxiety is greatest pre-move, so here is how to keep Spot calm and cool when you are losing your head.
· Give a lot of time for packing, if you're packing yourself. Seeing a little bit of movement on a daily basis is not a huge problem; going to doggie day camp for a day and coming back home to a bare household will freak him out.
· Stay in your typical schedule--walks, dinner, whatever you do, keep doing it.
· Bring up to date the contact details if he has been microchipped; you can usually go online to make those changes.
· At the new residence, show him the lawn, take him out for a walk, and be sure supper time is steady.
Fish, Hamsters, Birds
Secure the cages in the back of the car or work with a pet mover to move them. As fish tanks and pet fish could be a nightmare to safely move, you could consider offering the aqua-pets to an elementary school.
Obtain copies of your pet's veterinarian reports prior to when you move to Tulsa, so you will have all the immunization records on hand if you have to board before you'll visit the new vet.
Keeping the household pets comfortable while you move to Tulsa goes a long way in direction of keeping you happy. Adhering to these guidelines definitely will alleviate the stress of relocating the pets, at least.
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