Tips for Moving With Pets

Moving is a big change which can be very stressful for humans, and the same can be said for our pets. We’ve compiled a list of tips to help you and you pet prepare for the transition. 

 

  1. Rules – Before your move, make sure your new HOA or Landlord welcomes your pets. Many times new renters are overwhelmed and excited about the new place they have just fallen in love with and this comes up after the deposit has already been paid. There may be additional fees or charges associated with having pets over a certain weight or size. So read the fine print and ask as many questions as needed to feel confident that you and your pet will have a smooth transition into your new home. 
  2. Reduce Stress -Try to keep a normal routine as your moving day approaches. Begin packing over a period of a few weeks so that your pet thinks everything is normal. This will help keep their stress level down. If you are moving with cats, it can help to bring out their carriers out a few a weeks before the move. Leave your pet’s food, water, bowls, medication and any other important supplies (like that favorite squeaky toy) off the moving truck and with you. These items will be a sense of familiarity for your pet.
  3. Pet Proofing – It is a good idea to pet-proof your new home. Tuck away electrical cords, plug up nooks where your pet could get stuck, make sure that all windows have secure screens, remove any poisonous houseplants and confirm that no pest-control poison traps have been left anywhere in the house.
  4. Moving Day Arrangements -Pets should be removed during the day of the move. Boxes and furniture being moved around can make for an overwhelming and dangerous scenario for pets. Perhaps a friend could keep your pet for the day, or you can drop them off at a doggy day care or cat care center. If you can visit them during a spare moment, it can help reassure the pets that nothing is going on. Otherwise keeping them locked in a room during the move might make them anxious from all the noise and new people that might be in your home. However if you must keep them locked away, find a quiet room away from all the chaos, leave them with plenty of water and make sure to put a sign on the door so the movers are aware of the pet inside.
  5. New Territory – Shortly after you’ve moved in to your new home, take your pet out on a leash to explore their new territory and show them how to get home. It’s best to take them on walks around your new neighborhood daily, so they become familiar with the smells, sights, and sounds. If they don’t get out much at first, they might get lost or run away due to stress. 
  6. Slow Adjustments – Start by allowing your pets to adjust to one room—their “home base”—which should include their favorite toys, treats, water and food bowls and litter box for cats. When they seem comfortable, gradually introduce them to other rooms in the house, while keeping some doors shut.
  7. New ID Tags – Something so simple can be overlooked, but it’s best not to forget to have new identification tags with your new address and phone number made for your pet’s collar. Especially since your pet may wonder or get lost, and will not be familiar enough with their new surroundings to find their way home. If your pet has an identification microchip, remember to update your contact information in the database.
  8. Finding a New Vet – A little bit of research will help you find a new veterinarian in your new area before moving day. Your current vet may be able to make recommendations for colleagues he or she knows in your new area. It is recommended to set up an appointment as soon as you move, in order to get established with the new vet.

 

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