Moving house is an incredibly stressful event. There’s a lot of planning and packing that must take place, and it requires a significant level of physical and emotional energy. And although the preparation causes significant stress and anxiety, our pets have no concept of what’s happening before, during, and after the move. The decision to move likely included a lot of thoughts and considerations and visits to the new location.
Many pets go missing when they’ve moved because to them, it all happens out of the blue. All of a sudden there are boxes everywhere, the routine has changed, the humans are walking back and forth around the home, stuff keeps disappearing into the boxes, furniture moves. And they don’t know why. Some pets handle change easily, others struggle. So, the best way to help your pets with this transition is to assume that they will struggle. Here are my top tips for a stress-free(ish) move:
Written by Jessica Prinsloo
Companion Animal Behaviourist