We all have precious cargo we need to transport during a move, but perhaps the most important include children and pets. Once they are comfortable and settled, it makes your move much easier.
Since we’ve previously offered advice on how to make moving easier for children, it’s time to offer some advice for moving your fur babies as well. Here are five tips to make the transition easier for your favorite four-legged pals.
Tip #1:Pack an overnight essentials kit fo your pet
We recommend packing an “essentials” box for yourself when you move, which should include extra clothes, toiletries, medication and more. It will be in your best interest to pack a similar bag for your pet, which can include grooming tools, food and toys. Your pet will also have to adjust to a new environment, so a few comfort items will help them feel secure.
Tip #2: Keep pets away from the movers
An easy way to keep your pet occupied and safe on moving day would be to keep them with a friend or at a pet daycare center. When this isn’t possible, try to keep them in their cage in a quiet, empty room or in your garage. This can help your animal stay calm amidst all the changes happening around them and will make sure the movers aren’t distracted so they can finish the move as quickly as possible.
Tip #3: Update your pets’ identification information
Once your move is complete, make sure your pets have the correct address and contact information on their collar tags in case of an emergency. You should also inform your local vet about your move so they can recommend a new vet in your neighborhood and make sure all your pet’s records and prescriptions are transferred.
Tip #4: Drive your pet to your new home yourself
When your move is within driving distance, you can make your pets feel more comfortable by transporting them yourself in your own vehicle. This can give them some sense of familiarity even when their environment is changing. It will also be easier for you to care for them and prepare the necessary carriers or seat belts you might want to have for them, as well as any special treats, blankets or toys.
Keep in mind that driving with your pet(s) will often require extra stops for bathroom breaks, and make sure any hotels you might need to stay at on the way to your destination allows animals.
Tip #5: Be patient with your animals as they adjust
Just like you and your family will need some time to adjust to a new home and neighborhood, your pets will need to adjust as well. Keep this in mind once you let them free from their carrier, making sure you keep an eye on them so they don’t roam too far. It might be helpful to walk your pet(s) on a leash inside your home for their first look, as they could get lost or run away due to stress and anxiety.
For tips on moving with pets other than dogs and cats, we recommend speaking with your veterinarian for optimal suggestions. When you’re ready to move, give us a call at 800-442-6863 to learn more about our local and long distance moving services!