Moving can be a stressful time for everyone… even your pet! It’s easy for your pet to become anxious when there’s unexpected activity or they’re introduced into a new environment. The challenges of moving a pet will be different for each owner. Temperament, mood, health, and age can impact your pet’s experience during the moving process, so there’s no one way to ensure success. However, we’ve come up with some tips to help you prepare if you are moving with a pet!
Follow these tips, and you’ll be on your way to helping your pet move successfully.
If you’re moving out of the area, you’ll want to contact your vet to obtain their records and any prescriptions they may have. You can even have your old vet contact your new vet and send the records that way. Just make sure all your pet’s prescriptions are readily available when you need them.
On moving day, try to keep your pet away from all the action. It will help keep your pet calm and also help out the movers. Keep your pet in a separate room with someone to keep them company.
If you can, take your pet with you! If you are driving to your new location, try to make some room for your pet! For larger dogs, try to put some seats down in the back and bring them in a kennel. If you have an anxious dog, you can cover the kennel in a blanket to keep the environment similar throughout the trip. Smaller cats and dogs can go in pet carriers. Small animals like hamsters and guinea pigs should be transported in a warm, small, comfortable carrier. Birds should always go in a cage, even if they typically fly freely.
Prepare an overnight or emergency kit full of all of the essentials: food, kitty litter, grooming tools, toys, etc… This kit should be able to keep your pet comfortable the first few days of unpacking. Keep their bed or crate with you so they have a familiar space to rest. Moving time can be hectic, but try your best to keep your pet on a consistent schedule. Make sure their eating schedule stays the same. Sleeping times and exercise should also stay the same. Consistency will help with the transition process as you introduce your pet to their new home.
Your pet is part of your family! Make sure to show them extra love at such a chaotic time!