If you’ve just found a new apartment in Gainesville and you’re starting the moving process, you might be wondering about how to successfully relocate your pets. Dogs and cats are sensitive to change and can be challenging to move with. Like everything about moving, you can make a few plans to help alleviate your pets’ anxiety and have an easier time moving.
First, help familiarize your animals with all the moving supplies gradually. They might not be used to so many new things coming in the house all at once, so regularly bring in some packing materials over a week or so until it becomes commonplace. Try not to pack all your belongings in one day either, to minimize the shock to your pets.
If you’re moving from somewhere far from Gainesville, you may want to check with your vet about how to travel successfully with your pet over that distance. Generally, stopping frequently for water, bathroom breaks, and a little leg-stretching is key. If you need to crate them in the car over the trip, make sure they’re used to being crated for that long of a time before the day of the trip. On the day of the move, if you have someone who can keep your dog or cat in a comfortable and familiar place that may be best while you or hired movers are taking care of business.
Once you’re in your new place, make sure it’s pet-proof and safe! Then for a day or so it’s a good idea to keep animals confined to a smaller space rather than allowed to run all over the new apartment. Having free reign can actually increase a pet’s anxiety, while keeping them in a smaller space helps them feel secure. When you’re all moved in, you and your furry friend can relax and have fun!