Moving is stressful for everyone. When it comes to people, even children, the best strategy for helping them cope is talking through and explaining everything to them. But, not every member of your family can talk.
For pets, moving is a scary and stressful experience. Since you can’t just explain to them what’s happening, your pets will only know that they are suddenly being taken from their home to somewhere unfamiliar to them. In addition some pets, like cats, are not used to travelling or being in the car, which only adds to their fear.
We know you love your furry family members and want them to feel safe and comfortable. We’ve seen many people much more concerned about their pets on moving day than any of their belongings. That’s why we’ve gathered the following tips for moving with pets.
6 Tips for Moving with Pets
As dogs and cats are the most common types of pets, these pet moving tips apply mostly only to them (although see a bonus tip at the end of this blog for moving with other types of animals).
Get them used to carriers
Create a pet essentials kit
The same way we recommend creating a moving essentials kit when moving with children, we suggest creating one for moving with pets. You’ll want to pack enough food for the trip, blankets that your pet is used to and that smell like home, favourite toys, lots of water, and even veterinary records.
This way, you won’t have to worry about searching through boxes and bags during your first night in your new home or if you have to stop halfway through a long distance move.
Keep them calm (and away from the action)
When moving day arrives, your pet is going to experience a lot of stress. Not only will everything they know suddenly be gone from their home or packed up into boxes, they will also be surrounded by new people and constant movement. It’s best to keep them as calm and relaxed as possible.
Check before letting them out
Whether you stop at a hotel on the way, or go straight to your new home in one day, it’s very important to do a home check before letting pets out of carriers or off the leash. Make sure there are no inaccessible hiding places or holes/gaps to escape through before letting your pet loose.
Remember, pets will take some time to adjust after the move. If they’re not their usual active selves for a few days it can just be a sign that they’re feeling overwhelmed.
Update their information
If you move to a new city, make sure to update your pet’s license and registration. Plus, if your pet is microchipped, you can update your address there too. Find out the closet vet to your new home and introduce yourself as a new client.
Talk to your vet
Bonus Tip: Moving with small critters and other pets
Moving with small caged pets, birds, reptiles, and fish can be different from moving with dogs and cats. When it comes to small critters (like hamsters, gerbils, etc.) and even reptiles some of the same moving tips apply, but there are other considerations. Typically, they can travel in the same cage they live in. But, it’s important to do your research on travelling with your specific animal type for you move.
When it comes to birds and fish, things can be even more complicated. We strongly suggest consulting a vet, and doing extensive research on moving with whichever type of pet you have. We did find this resource on moving with pets that details the various kinds which can serve as a research starting point.
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