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Ease stress of moving for your pets

Moving? Here's some advice on moving your pets from the book How to Survive a Move (Hundreds of Heads Books,, $13.95), straight from people who've done it. Hundreds of Heads

"We have three cats. There's no easy way to move them, but the last time we did, we had overlapping leases, so we left them at the old house until we were just about done there and then brought them to the new one. That way they weren't alone in a new house while we were finishing up at the old one."

Brad Cook, Chico, Calif., six moves

"I have a rabbit and an iguana. We moved them last. For those types of animals, stress can kill them. Try not to move things out of their general area till the last minute, to avoid them being anxious. And don't forget to love them and let them know you're still around."

Rita Porter, Springfield, Mo., seven moves

"We take our animals over a week prior to the move and let them get used to the place. The cat roams around the empty house, and we take our dogs on a walk through the new neighborhood. This eases the anxiety of transition for the animal."

Lennard Haynes Sr., Houston, six moves

"Gatsby freaked out over a move so badly that he ripped off the door of the plastic carrier while I was transporting him and bolted down the street. I did catch him, but he howled every night for a couple weeks until he got used to the new place."

Anonymous, New York City, 10 moves

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Ease stress of moving for your pets 06/07/10 [Last modified: Monday, June 7, 2010 2:58pm]
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