Moving is hard. And, moving with pets can be even harder. Dogs are probably the easiest pets to move with because many are so adaptable. But some dogs requires a different kind of approach to moving because of health problems or mobility issues. Other pets—like cats or lizards or birds—require care that surpasses packing up fine china or other delicate belongings. Here are some recommendations for moving with pets:
Recommendations for Moving With Pets
- Pack for your pet(s) like you would for yourself on an overnight trip. Remember the essentials: food, litter, their pet bed, etc.
- Reduce stress for pets by secluding them. As your home is being packed up, consider placing your pets in a kennel so that their lives are not unduly disturbed by the packing and moving process. If you’re not comfortable with placing them in a kennel, you can clear out a room in your current house, place them in their crate or carrier, provide food and a litter box, and give yourself some peace of mind knowing that they will not be getting under foot.
- Get your pets’ records from your veterinarian. If you are moving far enough away that you will need to change vets, your current vet should give you your pets’ records so that you can share them with your new vet.
- If at all possible, take your pet(s) in your vehicle with you. Being with you as you make the trip to your new place will reduce the stress of your pets, especially dogs.
- Take extra care with your pets along the way. Dogs and cats will need to relieve themselves as usual. When you stop at rest areas, be sure your pets are on leashes so they can’t escape, panic, and/or get lost. Cats may be more difficult to care for on the drive to your new home, but care must still be taken because once a cat escapes in an unfamiliar environment, it can be nearly impossible to find them.
- When you arrive at your new home, keep your pets inside for a good while. With dogs, you can walk them on a leash to get accustomed to their new surroundings. Cats and other pets that can be shy should be placed in a room with food and a litter box so that they can slowly, gradually get used to their new home.
- Make sure your pets’ information is updated. You’ve already made contact with your new vet, and now that you’re in your new home, it is time to make sure your pets have updated tags and microchips.
- If your pets fall into the fish or sensitive four-legged varieties (such as hamsters and guinea pigs), remember that they can have difficulty moving too. We may not be able to see the stress response in these pets as easily as we can in dogs and cats, but they also experience the stress of moving.
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