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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Author: Aaron Steed

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Tags: Moving, Pet Moving

Meet Max, a Cat on the Move!

Max is our Himalayan cat that my wife and I love from the bottom of our hearts.  He has the best personality, lets you hold and hug him like a rag doll, and purrs whenever Daddy is nearby.  He loves mom, too, but everyone knows that he has a very special place in his heart for his dad.  Anyways, everyone who comes to our house becomes obsessed with Max, so his uncle Evan created Max’s own Facebook page: check it out!

Max knows he is one of the cutest animals on the planet and we (as his parents) would do anything to preserve his great quality of life.  With that said, and myself being a moving expert, I am compelled to share some tips on how you can move our furry little friends with the least amount of stress.

Getting there:

Car travel is the most common means of pet transportation to your new home. It provides a feeling of security for your pet (as well as for you), and it is less expensive.   If your pet is not used to car travel, take it on some short rides before the trip to help accustom it to the motion of the car. If your pet is prone to motion sickness, consult your veterinarian about medication to reduce or eliminate the symptoms.

Do not feed or water your pet for a few hours before you leave. After you are on the road, feed only once daily. Take a supply of water from home; different water on the road can cause upset stomachs for pets. Make frequent stops to water and exercise your pet, and keep your pet on a leash for its protection — and yours.

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Arriving At Your New Home:

Like people, pets need time to become accustomed to a new house and new faces. Using your pet's favorite food bowl, bedding and toys will aid greatly in getting your pet to feel right at home. It is also smart to confine the pet to one room at first, so that it can adjust to the new sounds, smells, and sights of the new home. This will lessen the change that your pet will want to “escape” back to their old home. If your pet will have free-roam of your new home, let the animal come out of its room or cage when it is ready by leaving the door open—this allows exploration at its own pace.

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General Reminders:

Keep your pet's routine as regular as possible during the pre-moving stages and the move itself. If you normally feed, exercise, or play with your pet at certain times, continue to do so. During the final crunch of moving, you may find it is better if your pet stays at a friend's home or kennel. This may help reduce the chances of it getting upset and running away, or hiding in one of the moving boxes, as cats are prone to do.

At any stage of your move, please feel free to contact the Meathead Concierge or your personal Meathead Moving Coordinator.  Also, try to avoid your animal from being present during the move or, have the animal safely placed in a secured bathroom with a sign on the door saying “DO NOT OPEN!”


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