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Prepping Your Pet for a Move to Boston

Cats Exploring Moving Day BoxesFor you and your pet, moving to Boston can be an exciting and stressful experience. That is why it is critical to begin preparing your pet for the relocation as soon as possible. Even a short distance transfer can disturb your pet’s routine and sense of security, and large relocation can be very difficult for a furry family member. Here are some recommendations to help get your pet ready for the big day so that your move is as painless as possible for them.

Plan Ahead

If you’re about to relocate with a pet, it’s important to begin preparing them immediately. To ensure a seamless transfer, you’ll need to make a plan and attend to a few critical issues in advance. For instance, ensuring that the information on your pet’s license, tags, and microchip is current. Additionally, scheduling a vet visit ensures that your pet is healthy and that you have any required meds on hand. However, if your pet isn’t fond of the vet’s office, try not to plan appointments too soon to the move.

Stick to Routines

Animals are creatures of habit, and they thrive on routine. Moving, especially in the weeks preceding and following, can be extremely stressful for pets. Try to maintain your normal routine as you begin to pack for your relocation. This is particularly crucial for dogs, who, if ignored, may become agitated or destructive. Continue to take your walks and feed your pets at the same time every day as much as possible, and make time for play as well.

Introduce Their Crate Early

If your pet must spend time in a crate or kennel as part of your move, this can be quite unpleasant, especially if they don’t normally sleep in one. One of the most effective ways to prepare your pet for the relocation is to introduce the crate weeks in advance and have them identify it with good associations. Encourage them to explore the crate, for example, and reward them with sweets when they do. This will assist in preventing your pet from experiencing abnormal levels of fear on the big day.

Include Comfort Items

Pets adore the smells and sounds of their own environment. You can bring those sensory toys with you and keep them with your pet to help them stay calm during the transfer. Keep a favorite blanket or pet bed with your pet during the transfer. In stressful situations, a beloved toy or even a piece of your clothes can provide comfort to your pet. Also, keep your pet’s food, treats, and water separate from the rest of your belongings and have them with you before, during, and after the relocation.

Create a Safe Space

When the big day approaches, you might want to set aside a special area for your pet. Because pets can grow agitated and flee during a relocation, it’s best to put them in a quiet room or enclosed yard. Additionally, you may like to inquire whether a friend or family member could care for your pet throughout the transfer to alleviate any stress or confusion. Giving your pet a safe place to stay during the relocation can help manage their stress while also keeping them out of the way.


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