Anxiety in Pets
In the weeks leading up to a move, your pets will know something is amiss. Your routines will change and their environment will change as boxes are packed. Make sure to leave time for playtime, extra belly rubs, and treats.
If your pet has a history of anxiety, consult your veterinarian to see if a mild sedative would help your pet prior to and during moving time. A stressed pet can be destructive (chewing up household items), self-destructive (excessive licking, fur-pulling), aggressive toward strangers (and movers!), or can have indoor elimination problems—so it is best to try to keep your routine as normal as possible.
Make sure your dog is accustomed to being on a leash, and familiarize your cat with a carrier well ahead of the move. Leave the carrier open and keep treats inside so your pet can go in and out freely. If your pets are not used to car rides, a few short trips around town for errands weeks in advance may help them get used to it. Make sure they get plenty of treats when they get out of the car! If you will need to stay in a hotel, make sure to find a pet-friendly one prior to your move date.