There are a lot of things to keep track of during your move, but if you have pets, it can be easy to overlook the preparations that should be made with them in mind. Moving can be a stressful time for them, so it’s important to take their reaction into account and try to make it as comfortable for them as possible.
There are a few key things to put on your moving to-do list in regards to your pets. Follow these tips for moving with pets to take some of the stress away from both of you and to make sure no important steps are missed.
How to Keep Moving with Pets & Happy During a Move
Put Together an Overnight Kit
Just like you should for yourself and your family, prepare a bag or box with any essentials your pet will need the first night and the first few days following the move. This includes food, bowls, cat litter, bedding, toys, medication, and anything else your pet needs daily. Make sure the kit is easily accessible so you don’t have to spend time searching for it.
Have a Plan
There will be a lot going on the day of the move and that can be very stressful for pets who don’t understand what is going on. Not to mention, changes to their environment can have a strong effect on them. Before the big day, decide where your pet will stay during the move, such as with a friend or family member or at a boarding facility. If you want to keep them with you, designate a quiet room just for them away from the chaos in both the old and new house and set them up with everything they need, such as food, water, bedding, and toys. Make sure they are comfortable and have some familiar things around them, and put a sign on the door warning movers not to disturb them.
Be Careful at the New Location
When transporting your pets to the new place, be very cautious of moving them from your vehicle to inside the new home. Their senses are likely to be on overdrive with all the new smells and sights, not to mention the stress of the move itself, and it could be a bad situation if they get away from you as they won’t be able to find their way back as easily. Keep your pet in a crate or on a leash until they are safely inside. Even pets that are usually okay on their own can be prone to fleeing in this high-stress situation.
Inform Your Vet
Before the move, alert your vet so you can get any necessary prescriptions filled ahead of time, as well as so they can update your information or transfer documents to your new vet if you are moving to a new area.
Update Their Information
If your pet has a microchip or tags, be sure to update the address on them before you move.