Managing Pet Stress During Your Move to Houston

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

Moving your family is stressful regardless of how you slice and dice it and holding the general tension from increasing for the humans is often very a difficult task. However while you're making certain your youngsters are alright with leaving their schools, pals, and communities, don't forget that Fido and Leo get anxious and need a little bit more TLC, too. Not to mention, your pets react to environmental changes differently, so you'll need a sizeable head for all the therapy caps you must put on over the move to Houston. Pets that are living a contained existence typically don't have the emotional attachment you've got with the cats and dogs--fish in a tank just don't pull on your heartstrings like the dog does when he looks at you at dinnertime.

Here's how you might keep your household pets comfortable and happy as you move to Houston--so at least somebody in the household is not a tense mess.


Felines have a tendency to connect to locations more than people--tales of cats which come with the houses are not actually apocryphal. They are a worry if they're outside cats and you will be executing a long distance move--cats are known to leave the new house to go back "home". This isn't such a worry if you're heading down the street, otherwise, it is a significant issue.

Give consideration to it--your cats won't go to the door to go for a ride each time you pick up your car keys; they may be completely happy to continue sunning themselves on the windowsill--up to when you begin packing and the windowsill disappears in back of a pile of cartons. Here's how to deal with your cats.

· Contain free-range cats, starting a few weeks before you move to Houston. Get them familiar with being indoors with you--if this means late-life kitty litter box teaching, so be it. Entice them in a pet carrier for a couple of hours every day, to make sure that they aren't meowing crazies when you place them in your vehicle. Take the cats out for brief rides when you are doing errands--certainly in the carrier.

· Moving day, place the cat along with all kitty necessities within a room with the door shut. After the professional movers have loaded the moving trucks and you're ready to leave, put Kitty in the carrier. If the feline doesn't travel nicely, your vet may perhaps prescribe something, so your cat won't have a breakdown in the car, therefore making you as well as the dog plus the children to have their own mini-meltdowns.

· When you are set up in the new house, duplicate the moving-out method for a few days. Keep the pet cats contained in a space along with their belongings, as you take care of the hubbub of moving, unpacking, and settling in. Even with inside felines, they'll be happier--and less inclined to demonstrate their displeasure by disregarding the litter box--if you wait until you've settled in a little to permit them to roam free inside your home.

· For outside kitties, they are going to require some time to get accustomed to the new odors of the home and then to recognize this is where their people are, before they should be let out to wander. Set a bit of food outdoors to remind them where exactly home is.


Your dog merely wants to be around you, but he'll almost certainly get stressed when you are uneasy. Canine stress is highest pre-move, so here is how to keep your dog calm and cool when you're losing your head.

· Take sufficient time for packing, for anyone who is packing yourself. Watching a little bit of activity everyday is not a huge problem; heading to puppy camp for a day and coming home to a bare home is going to freak him out.

· Stay in your typical schedule--walks, supper, what you do, carry on doing it.

· Update the contact info if he has been microchipped; you can typically go online to make those changes.

· At the new home, show him the lawn, take him out for a stroll, and ensure dinner time is consistent.

Fish, Hamsters, Birds

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

Acquire copies of the pet's vet records prior to when you move to Houston, so you will have the whole set of immunization files on hand if you want to board prior to when you visit the new vet.

Keeping your pets happy as you move to Houston will go a considerable way in direction of keeping you happy. Following these guidelines will ease the stress of moving the pets, at least.


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