Managing Pet Stress During Your Move to San Antonio

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

Moving the household is nerve-racking no matter how you slice and dice it and holding the general panic from increasing for the humans can be quite a challenge. However while you're ensuring your youngsters will be okay with leaving behind their schools, buddies, and communities, bear in mind that Ruffie and Leo get anxious and want some extra TLC, too. And of course, dogs and cats are affected by environmental changes in different ways, so you may need a big head for all the counseling hats you've got to wear over the move to San Antonio. Pets which live a contained life typically don't have the emotional bond you've got with your cats and dogs--fish in a tank just do not tug on your heartstrings like the dog will when he looks at you at dinnertime.

Here's how you will be able to keep your domestic pets relaxed and happy as you move to San Antonio--so at least somebody in the household is not a nervous wreck.


Felines have a tendency to affix to locations more than people--accounts of cats who come with the houses aren't necessarily apocryphal. They're a issue when they are outside cats and you will be executing a long distance move--cats are known to leave the new residence to go back "home". This is not a great concern if you are going around the block, otherwise, it is a substantial issue.

Give consideration to it--your cats will not go to the door to go for an adventure each time you pick up your car keys; they're perfectly happy to continue sunning themselves on the windowsill--before you set about packing and the windowsill vanishes behind a pile of cartons. Here's how to manage your cats.

· Contain free-range felines, commencing a few weeks before you'll move to San Antonio. Get them accustomed to staying inside with you--if this would mean late-life litter box training, so be it. Encourage them in a pet carrier for a handful of hours a day, to ensure that they're not meowing crazies once you put them in your car or truck. Bring the cats out for short rides while you're doing errands--always in the carrier.

· Moving day, place the cat along with all feline accessories within a area with the door closed. After the professional movers have packed the trucks and you are all set to depart, insert your cat into the carrier. If the kitty does not travel nicely, your veterinarian could prescribe something, so she doesn't have a breakdown in the vehicle, hence causing you and the dog plus the children to have their own mini-meltdowns.

· As soon as you are installed in the new house, duplicate the moving-out process for several days. Keep the pet cats contained in a space with their belongings, while you deal with the commotion of moving, unpacking, and settling in. Even with inside cats, they're going to be happier--and less likely to demonstrate their discontent by overlooking the litter box--if you wait until you've settled in a tad to permit them to roam free in the house.

· For outdoor cats, they will take some time to adapt to the new scents of the house and to recognize this is the place their people are, before they should be let out to wander. Set a bowl of food outdoors to help remind them exactly where home is.


Your pet dog simply wants to be around you, however he'll almost certainly get concerned when you are uneasy. Canine stress is highest pre-move, so here's how to keep your dog tranquil and cool when you are losing your mind.

· Allow sufficient time for packing, should you be packing yourself. Seeing a bit of movement day by day isn't a big deal; going to doggy day camp for a day and returning home to an empty household will probably freak him out.

· Keep in your typical schedule--walks, dinner, whatever you do, carry on doing it.

· Update the contact details if he is microchipped; you can generally go online to make those changes.

· At the new residence, show him the backyard, take him out for a walk, and ensure dinner time is constant.

Fish, Hamsters, Birds

Lock down the crates in the rear of your car or truck or hire a pet mover to transport them. As aquariums and fish may be a headache to move, you could look at giving the aqua-pets to an elementary school.

Obtain duplicates of your pet's veterinary reports before you move to San Antonio, so you will have all the immunization files handy if you have to board prior to when you visit the new veterinarian.

Keeping the pets content as you move to San Antonio will go quite a distance towards keeping you glad. Adhering to these guidelines will ease the pressure of moving the pets, at least.


Request a free quote