Moving can be stressful for humans, but it can be even more stressful for our furry friends. After all, they are unable to understand why their whole world is being turned upside down. Whether you have a dog, cat, or other pet, moving can disrupt their routine and cause anxiety. However, with a little bit of planning and preparation, you can help make the moving process less stressful for your pets. In this post, we'll provide you with tips and advice for moving with pets.
- Visit the vet: Before you move, take your pet to the vet for a checkup and make sure that they are up-to-date on all vaccinations. Ask your vet for any additional advice on how to keep your pet calm during the move.
- Update your pet's tags and microchip: Ensure that your pet's tags and microchip information are up-to-date with your new address and contact information in case they get lost during the move.
- Keep your pet's routine as normal as possible: Try to maintain your pet's routine as much as possible during the moving process, including feeding times, playtime, and walks. This can help reduce their anxiety and stress levels.
- Pack a bag for your pet: Pack a bag for your pet that includes their food, treats, toys, and any medications they may need. This can help keep them comfortable and entertained during the move.
- Prepare your pet for the move: Introduce your pet to their carrier or crate before the move and provide them with a comfortable space to relax during the trip. If your pet has never traveled in a car or carrier before, practice taking short trips with them to get them used to it.
- Choose pet-friendly accommodations: If you're moving long-distance, make sure to choose pet-friendly accommodations for your pet to stay in during the move. Many hotels and rental properties allow pets, but it's important to confirm beforehand.
- Keep your pet secure during the move: During the move, keep your pet secure in their carrier or crate and make sure they have plenty of food, water, and fresh air. Avoid leaving them in a hot or cold car for extended periods of time. Some pets can also be secured in an empty bathroom during the move. Remember, the front door of your house or apartment will be open during the move!
- Settle in your new home: Once you arrive at your new home, set up your pet's space first, including their bed, food, and water bowls, and any toys or blankets they may need. This can help them feel more comfortable and at home.
- Keep yourself calm: Our pets are often able to tell when we ourselves are uncomfortable or overwhelmed. Maintaining your own peace of mind will help keep your pet calm. Head over to our Moving Day Checklist for some ideas on how to remain composed throughout the big day!