When moving, it is natural for you to feel anxieties. How much more for your pet who, for lack of understanding, doesn’t know why their world is being turned upside down. They do, however, sense there is something going on, even if they don’t know what.


As a pet owner, you are responsible for keeping their anxieties at bay. This can be done in several ways. You merely need to stay ahead of the game, so to speak, and take charge of the situation before it gets too stressful for your pet. By anticipating their needs, you will eliminate much unnecessary distress. Know, however, that there is likely to be a certain amount of nervousness that cannot be eliminated. This is natural, but with a few steps you can have a peaceful move, for you and your pet.

To begin with, you should move your pet out of the old location last and into the new location first. This way you are there to monitor them throughout all phases of the move.


Professionals in the veterinary field say that there are certain signs that a dog will exhibit if they are becoming stressed. Included are the proverbial whining and barking. They also point out several other signs which include pacing, shaking, and even yawning as a sign of stress, rather than merely tiredness or boredom.

Additional indicators of stress can be:

  • Change in body posture which may include a shift in their weight to their back legs and/or tucking their tails.

  • Refusing food

  • Hiding

Once you are at your new location, if you have a fenced backyard, you should put your dog on a leash and walk them around the yard so they can become familiar with it. Your being with them in this initiation stage will give them a sense of security.

Furthermore, consider purchasing a dog crate and placing it in a separate and quiet area inside your home so that they can have a peaceful place to acclimate to their new surroundings. Once the move is over, you can let them out and show them their “new digs.”


Professionals have also given us indicators of stress in felines. These indicators are not always as evident in a cat as they maybe in a dog. Rather a cat tends to become quiet and withdrawn instead of “acting out” as is seen in dogs. However, in acute stress, a cat’s eyes will darken (from their pupils being fully dilated) and may become vocal, hiss or even strike out with their claws. Try to remember that this is an act of fear and not aggression.

Placing your cat in a quiet, secluded location such as an empty bedroom or even a bathroom or utility closet can be helpful in easing their distress. Put familiar bedding and favorite toy along with their food and water is also supportive. Don’t forget to stock up on cat treats. I cannot overstress this.

Moreover, if you have a cat that is known as a free-roamer then you should be sure to confine them in your new location so they do not have a chance to wander away before making a bond with their new home.

Call Missy Donaghy with Interiors for Seniors for a FREE consultation 321-279-3301.

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