Easing Pet Stress During Furniture Removal

Moving to a new home often involves a whirlwind of activity and emotions not only for you but for your furry family members as well. Pets often sense the upheaval around them, which can lead to increased anxiety and stress. In this blog, we’ll discuss several practical tips and strategies that can help minimise this stress, ensuring a smoother transition for everyone involved.

The Importance of Considering Your Pet’s Emotions When Planning a Move

When you’re planning a move, it’s easy to get caught up in the logistics, from packing boxes to managing schedules. However, it’s crucial to remember that relocating can be one of the most disorienting experiences for pets. Unlike humans, pets do not have the cognitive ability to understand the concept of a move, which can lead to significant emotional distress. This emotional turmoil often manifests in altered behaviours, which might include more frequent barking, scratching furniture or even aggression. Recognising and addressing your pet’s emotions during your planning phase can drastically reduce these behaviours and help maintain the serene atmosphere of your home.

Ensuring that your pet’s emotional needs are met during the move is also about protecting their health. Taking steps to reduce their anxiety can prevent stress-related physical issues that often complicate the moving process. Furthermore, a pet that feels secure and less stressed during a move will adapt more quickly to a new environment. This can lead to a smoother transition for everyone involved, as settled pets are less likely to engage in disruptive behaviours once they arrive at the new home. By considering your pet’s emotional well-being when planning your move, you can ease their transition and promote a peaceful and positive start in your new setting.

Preparing Your Pet for the Move: Managing Stress

Pets thrive on routine and familiarity. So, the key to a smooth transition for them is preparation, which can help reduce their stress levels. Here are some steps you can take:

  • Introduce the Carrier: If your move involves a long car ride or a flight, get your pet used to the carrier well ahead of the moving day. Leave the carrier open in the house with a comfy bed inside so your pet can explore it at their own pace.
  • Familiarise with the Process: Familiarise your pet with the procedure of moving by gradually introducing them to the packing materials and moving boxes several weeks before the actual move. It may allow them to become accustomed to these new items in their environment.
  • Visit the New Home: If possible, take your pet to visit the new home several times before the move so they can get familiar with the new space.
  • Personal Items: Keep your pet’s favourite toys, blankets and other personal items easily accessible during the move to provide comfort and a sense of familiarity.

Strategies to Keep Pets Calm While You Pack and Move Furniture

As you pack up your home and move furniture, your pet’s anxiety levels can increase. Use these strategies to help keep them calm:

Play Music

Soft music may help soothe your pets. Ambient music without loud peaks can be especially calming, creating a peaceful atmosphere in the midst of moving chaos.

Involve Them

Try to involve your pet in the packing process by letting them observe from a safe distance. This can help make the situation more predictable for them and less likely to induce fear. Regularly reassuring them with treats can also help maintain their sense of normalcy.

Recognising Pet Stress During Furniture Removal

Knowing the signs of stress in your pet during furniture removal can help you take quick action to calm them down. Here are some indicators to watch for:

Change in Appetite

A sudden lack of interest in food can be a clear sign of stress. If you notice your pet skipping meals or showing disinterest in their favourite treats, consider this a prompt to increase comforting measures.

Excessive Pacing or Panting

These behaviours may indicate that your pet is feeling anxious. Providing a quiet, comfortable space away from the noise and disruption can help alleviate their discomfort.


When pets are hiding more than usual, they might be trying to escape from the stress of the environment. Ensure they have access to a safe, secluded spot where they can feel secure, such as a crate with their favourite blanket.

Recognising these signs early on is crucial for managing your pet’s stress levels effectively during the move.

Moving Made Easy for You and Your Furry Friends

When considering moving services, choosing a team that understands the importance of making the process comfortable for all members of your family, including pets, is important. At Caloundra Removals & Storage, we aim to make the moving experience stress-free for you and your pet. Contact us to make your next move as comforting and reassuring as possible for every member of your family. Trust us to be your partner in this transition!



Following the recent lockdown for South East Queensland, we can advise we are operating as normal as our industry is deemed an essential service. Our crews have all the required PPE and many are being regularly tested.

Unfortunately our Sydney operation based in Ingleburn is restricted to receiving and dispatching freight from our warehouse only.

We are not servicing Victoria ourselves but are working closely with our agents of more than 20 years to ensure we service our customers moving to or from Victoria the best we can.

North Queensland is operating as per normal.

If there are any queries or concerns involving your removal, please feel free to call on 1300 723 783 or email: operations@caloundraremovals.com.au

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