6 Ways to Prepare for a Move With Pets

Whether across town or several states away, preparing for a move can be stressful for families. What you may need to realize, however, is how your pets will react to the packing and process of moving also.

So, what can you do to prepare your pet (or pets) for your move? Here are some things we recommend to help you and them safely get through the experience more easily.

1. Let your pet warm up to the sight of the packing process.

Try to begin packing early and let your pets explore packing supplies and empty boxes. Then, add items to the boxes daily, starting with the things you won’t need access to until after the move. This is a way to condition your pets and get them used to the process.

Watch for signs of anxiety developing in your pet. Cat anxiety, in particular, can escalate as they are hypersensitive to changes in spaces and routines. Older dogs and guinea pigs, too, can suffer stress, so if you see this occurring, stop and spend some time with them.

2. Make a particular space for your pet.

Designate a particular space for your pet, away from all the hustle and bustle of packing and moving. Place their favorite bedding and toys here, and let these be some of the things you pack last. Then, set aside time each day with your pet in this space.

3. Try to keep your pet’s same schedule.

The days and weeks leading up to a move can be chaotic. However, do your best to maintain your best usual schedule. Feed and walk them as usual, even if you must stop in the middle of something.

4. Compile all veterinary records for each pet.

You may need to contact your current veterinarian to ensure you have all the records you need if moving far away. Determine if your pet is due any vaccinations, and take care of these now so you won’t have to rush once you move to the new location. Also, ensure you have enough prescription medications to carry you over until you find a new veterinarian.

5. Decide where your pet will stay when the moving process begins.

Seek out a quiet space or room with a door you can close, or let your pet stay with a neighbor or someone they trust on relocation day. Doing so makes your pet less likely to suffer an injury in relocating or trying to escape through an open door.

If your pet remains in your home during the move, let your movers know they are there.  Remove the things from that room before the movers arrive. Then place a note on the door to alert everyone that your pets are inside.

6. Other things to remember when preparing for a move with pets.

  • Will you need to find pet-friendly hotels along the way?
  • What pet supplies will you need access to during the move, including when traveling and arriving at the new destination? Prepare a pet essentials kit with food, treats, toys, kitty litter, disposal bags, etc.

Make Moving Easier

Knowing that your pets are safe during the initial stages of your move can give you peace of mind. Then you can focus on moving tasks when the day arrives. We can help with your move. Contact us today.




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