By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group
Moving your family is nerve-racking regardless of how you view it and holding the usual tension under control for the humans is often rather a difficult task. But while you're making sure your youngsters are alright with leaving behind their schools, buddies, and neighborhoods, remember that Fido and Leo get stressed out and require some additional TLC, as well. And of course, your pets react to environmental shifts in various ways, so you may need a big head for all the therapy caps you have got to wear during the move to Tulsa and Oklahoma City
. Creatures that are living a contained lifestyle generally don't have the emotional attachment you've got with the dogs and cats--fish in a tank just tend not to tug on your heartstrings like the family dog does when he looks at you at mealtime.
Here's how you will be able to keep your domestic pets stress-free and happy as you move to Tulsa and Oklahoma City--so at least somebody in the family is not a jittery wreck.
Felines tend to attach to locations more than people--stories of cats which are included with the homes are not really apocryphal. They are a issue if they are outdoors cats and you will be executing a long distance move--cats have been known to depart the new house to go back "home". This isn't a real worry if you are moving around the street, otherwise, this can be a significant worry.
Consider it--your cats won't run to the door to go for a car ride every time you pick up your car keys; they are perfectly content to continue sunning themselves on the windowsill--until you start packing and the windowsill is gone in back of a stack of cartons. Here's how to deal with your felines.
· Contain free-range felines, starting a few months before you'll move to Tulsa and Oklahoma City. Get them accustomed to staying inside with you--if this means late-life kitty litter box training, so be it. Lure them into a pet carrier for a couple of hours a day, to make sure that they are not meowing crazies when you place them in the car. Bring the cats out for short trips if you are doing errands--always in the carrier.
· Moving day, keep the cat as well as all feline essentials in a area with the door closed. As soon as the professional movers have loaded the moving vans and you are all set to vacate, put Kitty into the carrier. If the cat does not travel well, your veterinarian could possibly prescribe something, so she doesn't have a meltdown in the vehicle, hence making you along with the dog plus the kids to have their own mini-meltdowns.
· As soon as you're set up in the new house, replicate the moving-out procedure for a while. Keep the felines contained in a room together with their stuff, as you take care of the commotion of moving, unpacking, and settling in. Even with inside kitties, they'll be more comfortable--and less inclined to display their discontent by ignoring the litter box--if you delay until you have settled in a bit to let them to roam free inside your home.
· For outside felines, they'll take some time to adapt to the new smells of the home and then to realize this is where their people are, before they should be let out to roam. Set some food outside to help remind them where home is.
Your pet dog merely likes to be around you, however he'll almost certainly get stressed if you are troubled. Canine stress is greatest pre-move, so here's how to keep Fido comfortable and cool when you're losing your head.
· Give sufficient time for packing, for anyone who is packing yourself. Watching a little bit of movement on a daily basis isn't a huge problem; heading to doggie day camp for a day and returning home to an empty home will probably freak him out.
· Stay in your regular routine--walks, dinner, what you do, carry on doing it.
· Update the contact information if he's microchipped; you can usually go online to make those changes.
· At the new house, show him the yard, take him out for a stroll, and make certain supper time is steady.
Fish, Hamsters, Birds
Secure the crates in the back of your car or truck or work with a pet mover to transport them. As aquariums and fish may be a nightmare to transport, you could think about offering the aqua-pets to an elementary school.
Obtain duplicates of the pet's veterinarian records before you move to Tulsa and Oklahoma City, so you will have the whole set of immunization details on hand if you need to board before you'll see the new veterinarian.
Keeping the pets happy while you move to Tulsa and Oklahoma City will go a considerable way towards keeping you content. Sticking to these tips will alleviate the strain of relocating the pets, at least.
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