Pets can become disoriented and frightened by the
whole experience of moving. To reduce their stress, be sure that pets
are securely penned up or perhaps visiting with a friend when movers
arrive. You don't want Rover running away or getting injured underfoot
on the day of your move.
If you're relocating cross-country, you may want to
fly Fluffy to your final destination. Airlines typically transport animals
in the cargo hold. However, if you fly, too, and your pet carrier fits
under your seat, you may be able to carry your animal on the plane with
you. Check with your veterinarian to be sure your pet can handle the
strain and make arrangements with the airline well in advance.
At your new home, keep pets confined for a few days
in a limited area like your bedroom, where you can comfort them. Introduce
them to the rest of the home gradually, so they don't feel overwhelmed.
Do not leave pets unattended outside until they have plenty of time
to adjust to their new surroundings, as animals sometimes run away in
an attempt to return to their old neighborhood.