Moving With Pets: 7 Tips

Kitty Cat in Pet Crate

When you have pets, your move is going to disrupt their lives and habits, too, and since they aren’t likely to understand what’s going on, it’s up to you to minimize problems so that they will be safe and comfortable during the relocation.

  1. Get your pets used to their carriers in the weeks leading up to the move, especially if they don’t use them often. Leave them open in areas that your pets spend a lot of their time in. Put your pets’ toys or blankets in the carrier to entice them to explore them and get comfortable being in them for extended periods of time.
  2. When packing, put together a pet kit that won’t be going on the moving truck. You want this kit to have the food and supplies to take care of your pet for 3–5 days, while you’re still unpacking and setting up the rest of the house. Make sure to include some toys and brushes for grooming, as well as any medicines your pets need.
  3. Speaking of medicines, visit the vet to get prescriptions updated and refilled so you don’t have to take care of that while you’re still unpacking in the new home. If you’re moving far enough to need to get a new vet, make sure to get a copy of your pets’ medical records.
  4. Update your pets’ tags and microchips with the address of your new residence. It will be easier for your pet to get lost in the new, unfamiliar environment, and the stress of the relocation might make them more likely to bolt. If they manage to get free and become lost, having the correct information at hand will make recovering them easier.
  5. If it’s feasible, take your pet to a kennel or day care on the day of the move. The last thing you need is for the bustle of packing and moving to stress them out. If it’s not feasible, the pets should probably be confined to a single room, or better yet, their carriers. When a number of unfamiliar people are in the house to help with the move, you don’t want your pets underfoot, risking injury for both pet and human, and when the doors are likely to be open for long stretches at a time, you don’t want pets to use these escape routes to hide from the commotion.
  6. Move your pets in the car with you. Your presence will be calming, and you’ll be able to care for them best if they are nearby at all times.
  7. At your new residence, keep your pet in a single room for the first day or two. Let them get used to their new home slowly. As time goes on, let them explore more rooms, but keep some doors shut, while you have a chance to set up the rest of the house. When you unpack, try to keep the configuration of the new home as similar to the old one as possible, so your pets adapt quickly to their new surroundings.

When you work with A and A Moving Company, we can take care of the heavy lifting and transportation, making moving as simple as possible for you so that you can concentrate on yourself and your family, including your pets, when you move.