Tips & tricks for moving with a pet
Regardless of what kind of animal you have, it’s important to take certain steps to make the moving process as smooth as possible.
Pack a pet bag! This will keep towels, toys, treats, food, water, medications, leashes, and anything else your pet might need in one place.
With all the hustle and bustle of moving, don’t forget to update your pet’s tags with your new address as soon as possible.
Think about the unthinkable. Keep a current picture on hand and double check that your pet is microchipped.
Stick to a consistent feeding schedule throughout the moving process and during the first few days in your new home.
If travelling by car, it’s just as important that your pet be strapped in as anyone else. Use a travel kennel, crate, or pet-friendly seatbelt.
If travelling by air, consult your vet to ensure your pet doesn’t have any special restrictions.
Before you bring your animal into your new house or apartment, be sure to give your new space a thorough inspection. There could be hidden openings behind large appliances, exposed cleaning chemicals, mousetraps, open windows, or unknown holes to crawlspaces.
Arrange furniture in roughly the same area of the room as your old space. This will help familiarize your pet to its new surroundings.
Once settled in, invite your landlord to come meet your pet within the first few days. It’s a good idea to address any concerns he or she may have about cleanliness or noise.
Most importantly, and perhaps most challenging, maintain a calm demeanor around your pet.
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Moving can be an extremely stressful time, but your dog doesn’t have to know it. Add extra walks to the day to burn off the added energy from all the excitement at home. When packing up, leave your dog’s personal space or favorite room for last. When moving day arrives, it’s best to remove your dog from the area, as there could be a lot of unfamiliar people, smells, and movement. Try leaving your dog with a neighbor (or avoid lifting heavy furniture by taking your dog to the dog park) during the busiest moving times.
It can be difficult to plan weeks in advance when moving with a cat, but you’ll thank yourself when the big day comes.
It’s important to familiarize your cat with a carrier. This can be done by feeding your cat near an open carrier. Each day, move the food closer to the opening until the food is ultimately placed inside the actual carrier. Reinforce this good behavior with plenty of treats.
Cats can get spooked when their surroundings change drastically. And it’s no coincidence that moving boxes double as a wonderful cat toy. Rather than abruptly piling up boxes in the living room, slowly bring boxes into your house over several weeks and allow your cat to play with them.