Moving with a pet – tips and tricks

Moving can be pretty stressful and somewhat hectic. It can make you get nervous and confused. Not knowing where to start, what to pack, what packing material to get. So many things to do, so little time. When you think you got everything under control, there is another thing coming. How to move your pet? Moving with a pet can be harder than moving without a pet, but it can also be very rewarding. You should always take care of your furry family member, and the same goes when you move. There are so many different ways to handle the moving stress, and your pet can even be helpful. It is scientifically proven that dogs relieve stress and anxiety, and that is exactly with what you have to deal with when you are moving.

Moving with a pet – making a plan

When you are moving you usually have some plan you should follow. By creating a simple checklist, you are making that job for yourself so much easier. Moving with a pet can be a challenge that is why you should make a plan. What will you do with your pet on a moving day? Well, the only logical thing to do is to leave them out of the moving day. They shouldn’t be there. It can be very dangerous for you, your movers, your family, and eventually for them.

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You need to plan your relocation in advance

Someone can get seriously injured if you have a dog or a cat running around the people who are carrying heavy boxes. That is why you need to have a room where you can put them. Of course, it can be just any room, it has to have enough space for them, and they need to have enough food and water. In the middle of your hectic moving day, you have to take an hour or so to take them out for a walk so that they can do their business.

Your pet items

Your pet has its things also and he cannot really pack them, so you will have to do that for him. This means that you have to pack an overnight bag for yourself and your first night in your new apartment and do the same for your pet. Depending on what kind of pet you have you should pack the following items:

  • Litter box (in case you own a cat)
  • Food
  • A toy, or toys
  • Chewing bone
  • Their pillow (in case you own a cat)

That is it, more or less. You are all set for that first night in your new place when you still have no idea what is where, but at least you will have the necessary things to keep your pet happy and amused.

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Make sure you bring toys for your pet

Traveling time

Finding a good mover’s company doesn’t mean that your pet should travel with them. Even you don’t have your own vehicle and you are going with the movers as well, you should have your pet somewhere near you. They are very sensitive and they can feel any change. That is why in all that fuss, you have to think about their mental health as well and make this transfer easy for them. So, the best scenario would be that you have your own vehicle and have your lovely pet with you.

See a vet

Before your move, and before the moving day let a vet check your pet. Make sure your pet is in perfect health for your moving day. Also, since you are moving the information from your pets’ chip needs to get changed. That is one of the most important things to do before the move. Moving with a pet has its obligations even before the move itself. This is the first thing you should do. If your dog or a cat gets lost, by reading the chip they can easily be brought back to you. That is why this step is a must!

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Schedule a visit to vet prior to moving

Your new home-is it pet-friendly?

Once you arrive at your new home, before letting your pet in, you have to set your new home to be pet-friendly. This means that any cables that can be hazardous for your pet or your pet for them need to be safely moved somewhere where they cannot reach them. Also, make sure that they cannot fall out from the terrace or something similar. All this should be checked and taken care of before you even move there.

Moving with a pet – dog, and cat

Moving with a dog is not that hard. They are very obedient and all you have to do is to give them something to be entertained. Once you get to your new place, walk with your dog around the new neighborhood, in this way he will sense the new place and he will start to adapt. Give him a reward for being a good dog in this process. When it comes to cats, it is even easier. They are very independent creatures.

All you should do when you get to your new place is to give them food and water and they will start to get used to the new home immediately. Moving with a cat may demand to have a crate where you should put them while in the car so that they don’t get disturbed. Dogs are a bit less demanding when it comes to the car drive.

Moving with a pet is not that hard if you know your pet’s needs. You have to dedicate them enough attention in the moving process, even though you are swamped in obligations and things to do from the checklist. Keeping them happy throughout the whole moving process will make the adaptation to the new surroundings so much easier.