Moving with your pets can be stressful. It can also create memories you remember forever. We want to help you cut down on stress and have a fun move with them.
#10 Finding a New Home
This one is #10 for a reason you can guess. We don’t want you to move your pets out and you do not want that either. Unfortunately there are times where you have no choice. One situation is when you move in with an allergic life partner. There are many ways to find a good family for your home. Petfinder is one of many sites you can put them up on.
#9 Keep a Normal Routine
Cat owners; please take note of this one. Animals love routine and order. It helps them feel safe. During a move this order is always interrupted in some way. Try to feed them and pet them at the same time as usual. Keep them occupied with toys and an occasional treat. Otherwise you could have a jumpy and scared pet on your hands.
#8 Pack Pet Items for the Trip
Pets need to have enough water and food to stay satisfied. Put together a kit for them that you can pull out in the car or truck. Having these essentials is another great way to keep them calm.
#7 Check Pet Rules and Regulations
Moving into a new home sometimes comes with new rules. Homeowners associations and landlords have their own rulesets. Be sure to ask about these before you finish moving. Otherwise you might be in for a nasty surprise.
#6 Find Time to Use the Restroom
Everyone has to use the bathroom sometimes. Your pets are no exception. Spending too much time on the road can lead to an embarrassing accident. It is also best to check your pets for signs of nausea as well.
#5 Let Your Pet Know You Care
A panicky pet is easy to solve most of the time. Take a small break to pet it or even hug it. Simple gestures like these can calm your pet down. Most people know to do this already. The problem comes when you don’t have enough time. Try to schedule everything out and make time.
#4 Discuss the Trip with a Veterinarian
“Pet Doctors” know a lot about animal psychology. They can give you special insights to help you in many ways. You should also spend some time finding a new Vet for the place you move to. This gives you an emergency line to call for extra help.
#3 Adjust Pets to People
Try to have friends or family over sometimes. Pets do better during a trip if several humans are a part of their world. This is extra important if you hire a moving team. Aggressive animals that aren’t used to humans slow a move down. In a worst-case scenario they could stop the movers completely.
#2 Planning for “Your” Pet
Just like people, pets are different. Depending on their age and activity level their needs change. A puppy is quite different from an 8-year-old dog. Just from living with your pet you know what we mean. You know better than anyone what they need for the trip. Just use your judgement here.
#1 Prepare a Place for Your Pet
This applies both in the car and in your new home. Some pets are fine to let roam around the vehicle. Others need a carrier that they sit in. Once you are there they need a section to play in as well. This tip is #1 because it is the best way to make sure pets stay calm. Keep in mind any structural limits your home has.