Tips and tricks for moving with pets

Moving is complicated as is, but when you add a pet into the mix, it becomes an even bigger challenge. Making sure that your pet feels okay during the move can be a difficult task, but it’s an important one. Just like this relocation is a life transition for you, it’s a pretty big change for your furry friend as well. Hiring a good moving company is only the first step to a successful relocation. Other than that, you need to pay attention to your pet during this time and do everything in your power to ensure they are okay. If you’re not sure how to do that, here are some tips for moving with pets.

Prepare your pet for moving

Just like you’re preparing for the move by crossing things off of your to-do list, your pet also needs some prep. But unlike you, your cats and dogs don’t know what’s going on. That’s why there are a few things you should do to make this process less stressful for them, whether you’re moving long-distance or down the street.

  • If you will be transporting your pet in a pet carrier, you need to get them used to it. Some pets get very scared during transportation, so it would be nice to try to make them feel comfortable. If you put them into the carrier for the first time on moving day, they might get extra skittish. So, introduce your pet to the carrier in advance. Set up the carrier in the house and make it a comfortable place for your pet. You can even place some treats in there to make it more appealing. This way, moving with your pet will go a little smoother.

    Cats playing with a box
    Give your pets time to get used to the moving boxes and the clutter that comes with moving.

  • Something else you might want to do is get the boxes out in advance. Your pet might get confused by the number of moving boxes and the amount of clutter that’s inevitable during the move. So, get all the packing supplies out a few days or weeks before you start packing.

Pay attention to your pet

Just because you’re busy and preoccupied with the move, doesn’t mean you should neglect your pet. Because this transition can be difficult and stressful for them as well, pay attention to them.

Petting a dog - when moving with pets, don't forget to pay lots of attention to them
Keep in mind that your pet needs some attention and reassurance during relocation.

So, if you want your pet to feel safe and calm during relocation, don’t forget about them. Take some time out of your busy day to show them some love. Give your pet lots of affection and make sure not to break your daily routines. This will help your pet feel more comfortable and relaxed and in turn, you won’t find relocating with a pet a nightmare.

To make moving with pets a success, keep them away from the chaos

Moving day is stressful and chaotic even for us humans. It’s even worse for animals. To make sure moving with pets is less of a hassle, keep them away from the mess. When moving day comes, designate a quiet room for your furry friend. They can enjoy their peace and quiet while your local movers load the truck.

Find a pet-sitter

To make moving with your pet easier on both of you, you might want to consider hiring a pet-sitter. Like we’ve previously mentioned, you want to keep your pet away from the madness. Well, a good way to do that is to find someone who can take care of your furry friend on moving day.

You can leave your pet with a friend or a family member, or you can hire someone who does that for a living. If you decide to hire a pet-sitter, make sure that you’re choosing a reliable and trustworthy person. After all, you need to know you’re leaving your pet in good hands.

Transfer veterinarian documents when moving with pets

You’re probably making a list of paperwork you need to take care of before moving. Well, when you’re moving with a pet, you can’t forget about their documents. Make sure to visit the vet and get the veterinarian documents. You’ll need to transfer these to your pet’s new vet after the move.

One more thing, you need to find a new vet close to your new home. Do some research before the move and find the right one. Once you move and settle down, you’ll be able to transfer your pet to the new vet with no trouble. So, look up reviews, ask for recommendations and pick the right vet for your beloved pet.

Let your pet slowly adjust to the new place

Once you’ve moved into the new place, don’t think your job is done. Relocating with pets requires a little more effort. You’ll need a bit of time to get used to your new home, right? Well, so will your pet. A good thing to do is to slowly and gradually introduce your pet to the new space.

Kitten playing
Let your cat slowly explore the space and get familiar with it. It’s best to introduce it to one room at a time.

For example, if you’re moving with a cat, let it explore one room first. Don’t overwhelm your pet by letting them run wild through the entire house. It will be a lot for them to handle and take it. So, just be patient and take it step by step.

Successfully moving with pets

So, yes, moving with pets is a little bit more complicated and requires some extra work, but it’s all worth it in the end. Surely you want your pet to feel good throughout this transition, so you need to take extra care of them. Keep in mind that they’re probably even more confused than you are, so give them love. Good luck!


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