Moving your family to a new house can be a stressful experience – from finding the perfect home to packing up all of your belongings and explaining the life changes to children, it’s hard to keep all your ducks in a row. Add stressed-out pets to the mix, and moving day can become a whirlwind of chaos. Like humans, our pets find lifestyle changes overwhelming and confusing, and it can take them a while to adapt to new surroundings and disruptions in their daily routines. The best thing you can do to make the moving process as seamless as possible for your four-legged family members is to plan ahead and to be aware that stressful situations may cause your pet to act out. Here are some tips to help your pets with their transition to a new environment: Slow Transitioning Your pets will notice that things are out of the ordinary before moving day, but they can adjust gradually if the changes come subtly. Start packing up as early as possible, and start small Keep food dishes, toys, and litter boxes in their usual spots until moving day Try to stick to the normal daily routine for walks, feeding, and bedtime Comfort Zone Decide ahead of time whether to have your pets at home with you on moving day, or if putting them at a friend’s house, in a kennel, or in doggy daycare would be more appropriate. If your pet is easily spooked by strangers and you will have movers coming in and out all day, opting to remove your pet from the scene for a while might make them more comfortable. Adaptation Also, keep in mind that it will take your pets a little while to adapt to their new surroundings once the move is complete. It is common, especially for cats, to try to find their way back to the home they are familiar with or establish their territory in a new neighborhood. But, there are ways to prepare for this: Try to keep your cat inside your new home for the first few weeks When you do let your pets out, try to keep them on a leash for the first several times so they can explore the new environment without wandering off Make sure you have updated your pet’s ID tags with your new address Keep pictures of your pets that you can post in the neighborhood in case they run off Remember that your pets pick up on the emotions you are feeling – if you show signs of being anxious, they will likely sense it. So, stay calm, plan ahead, be patient, and give your furry friends lots of love and attention! Since 2005, Gallo Moving has been committed to keeping your move as stress-free as possible, providing moving, packing, and storage services to South Shore residents and businesses. Contact online or give us a call toll-free at 866-697-4400 to learn more about our services or to schedule a move.