Moving with your pets can get messy. Letting your cat or dog roam free through the moving process could lead to a disaster, but leaving them stuck in their kennels could drive our furry friends crazy.
Cats and dogs experience events differently than us humans. Big moves create a lot of anxiety for our pets, especially if we don’t typically drive with them. In a lot of cases, moving day is the first time you’re taking your pet on a big trip. This, coupled with the fact that they’re being introduced to a new home, is a major shift for a small animal.
If you’re worried about moving with your furry friend, and want to limit their anxiety during the trip, be sure to follow these tips. Here’s how to move with your pets.
Get a Decent Sized Carrier
Whether it’s a dog kennel or a cat carrier, make sure it’s the right size. Animal professionals typically recommend getting a kennel or carrier that’s big enough for your pets to get up, turn around, and then lie back down. Larger carriers encourage your pets to use the extra space as another bathroom, and on a day-long trip, the worst possible thing that can hit you is the smell of your pet going potty. Do your research and find the right carrier for your pet.
Use Calming Spray
Calming spray is the best way to reduce your pet’s anxiety during a long trip. Spray enough on their bedding before and after the trip, and you’ll find that your cat or dog is a lot more relaxed during the big move. Alternatives like diffuser oils also exist to help keep your pet calm during your long trip. Sprays and oils help small animals manage their motion sickness and nausea, limiting the chances of a roadside accident in their carriers.
Be Prepared for Accidents
It never hurts to be prepared. Before any trip, your pet needs a potty alternative for the road. For your cat, carry around a portable litter box. For your dog, purchase a travel potty. And make sure you have a couple of doggy-poo bags for added security.
Always Make Time to Stop
On a long trip, always make time to stop. You never want to drive straight-through with your pet in the car. As much as calming spray helps with nausea and anxiety, getting them outside helps keep your pets comfortable. Breaks also make sure that you’re in the right place to keep driving. Remember that you’re taking care of yourself along with your pets.
Take a nice walk at a rest stop, or go out and catch the views with your pet. And be sure to enjoy your trip – it’s not every day you get to travel with your furry companion.