Managing Pet Stress During Your Move to Oklahoma City

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

Moving the family is stressful regardless of how you slice and dice it and holding the usual worry at bay for the humans is often rather a difficult task. Yet while you are making certain your kids are alright with departing their schools, buddies, and communities, bear in mind that Ruffie and Leo get tense and want some additional TLC, too. And naturally, cats and dogs react to environmental shifts in various ways, so you'll need a big head for all the counseling caps you must put on throughout the move to Oklahoma City. Creatures that live a contained lifestyle typically lack the emotional bond you have with the cats and dogs--fish in a tank just do not pull on your heartstrings like the dog will when he looks at you at mealtime.

Here is how you can keep your domestic pets stress-free and content as you move to Oklahoma City--so at least somebody in the family isn't a jittery wreck.


Cats tend to attach to places more than people--tales of cats who come with the homes aren't really apocryphal. They are a issue when they are outdoors cats and you will be undertaking a long distance move--cats have been known to leave the new house to go back "home". This may not be a real issue if you're moving down the street, otherwise, it's a substantial issue.

Think about it--your felines will not go to the door to go for an adventure every time you pick up your car keys; they are completely happy to continue sunning themselves on the windowsill--until you start packing and the windowsill is gone in back of a stack of boxes. Here is how to take care of your cats.

· Contain free-range felines, starting a few months prior to when you move to Oklahoma City. Get them familiar with staying indoors with you--if this means late-life litter box training, so be it. Encourage them in a animal carrier for a couple of hours every day, so that they're not yowling maniacs when you put them in the car. Take the cats out for short rides while you're running errands--always in the carrier.

· Moving day, keep your cat along with all cat essentials within a room in your home with the door closed. As soon as the professional movers have packed the trucks and you are ready to vacate, insert Kitty into the pet carrier. If your cat doesn't travel nicely, your veterinarian could possibly prescribe something, so your cat doesn't have a meltdown inside the car, hence making you and the dog plus the kids to have their own mini-meltdowns.

· As soon as you're established in the new home, repeat the moving-out process for a few days. Keep the felines contained in a space together with their things, whilst you deal with the hubbub of moving, unpacking, and settling in. Even with indoor kitties, they'll be more comfortable--and less inclined to illustrate their discontent by ignoring the litter box--if you hold on until you've settled in a little to allow them to roam free in the house.

· For outside kitties, they are going to need some time to adjust to the new smells of the home and to understand this is the place their people are, before they ought to be let out to roam. Put a bowl of food outdoors to remind them where exactly home is.


Your dog simply likes to be with you, but he'll get nervous when you're uneasy. Canine anxiety is highest pre-move, so here's how to keep Fido calm and cool when you're losing your head.

· Allow sufficient time for packing, if you're packing yourself. Watching a bit of activity daily is not a big deal; going to doggy day camp for the day and coming back home to a bare home will freak him out.

· Keep in your standard routine--walks, supper, whatever you do, carry on doing it.

· Bring up to date the information if he's microchipped; you can typically go online to make those changes.

· At the new residence, show him the yard, take him out for a stroll, and ensure supper time is constant.

Fish, Hamsters, Birds

Secure the crates in the rear of the car or make use of a pet mover to transport them. As fish tanks and fish could be a headache to maneuver, you could look at offering the aqua-pets to an elementary school.

Acquire copies of your pet's vet files prior to when you move to Oklahoma City, so you will have the whole set of immunization records on hand if you need to board before you'll visit the new veterinary clinic.

Keeping the household pets content while you move to Oklahoma City will go a long way to keeping you content. Adhering to these tips will certainly alleviate the pressure of relocating the pets, at least.


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