Moving with pets is stressful – for you and for them. Check out these seven tips for moving with pets to make the whole process more successful.
7 Tips for Moving With Pets
Your pets, whether they’re dogs, cats, birds, reptiles or something more exotic, can easily get stressed out during your move. Use these seven tips to make things easier on all of you:
- Get your pet used to being in a crate.
- Keep your pets away from the moving action.
- Prepare an overnight kit for your pet.
- Hand-carry all your vet records.
- Transport your pet in his or her crate.
- Keep your pet confined to one or two rooms in the new house for a while.
- Give your pet extra love (and treats).
#1. Get your pet used to being in a crate.
Long before moving day, make sure your pet is used to his or her crate. You can do this by leaving the crate open for a week, letting your pet explore at-will. After that, place your pet’s food and water inside the crate – and when he or she becomes comfortable in there, you can practice closing the door with your pet inside.
#2. Keep Your Pets Away From the Moving Action
On moving day, confine your pet to one empty room in the house – a room that you’ve already removed all the furniture from. Be sure to put your pet’s bed, favorite toys, litter box and plenty of food and water inside.
Keep the door closed until it’s time to leave for the last time. This minimizes your pet’s chance of escape.
#3. Prepare an overnight kit for your pet.
Put together an overnight kit for your pet, just like you have for yourself and your other family members. Include food, medications, favorite toys and supplies (like extra litter).
#4. Hand-carry all your vet records.
You don’t want to risk losing track of your pet’s proof of vaccination and other medical records, so hand-carry them in the front seat of your car or in your overnight kit.
#5. Transport your pet in his or her crate.
The safest way to transport a pet is in his or her crate. If your pet is too big to transport in a crate in your car, talk to your veterinarian about special dog seat belts, which are available at most pet supply stores.
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#6. Keep your pet confined to one or two rooms for a while.
Once you arrive at the new house, it’s tempting to let your pet go room by room to explore – but that can be a lot more stressful than it looks. Keep your pet confined to one room at first, and when he or she starts to get comfortable, you can let your four-legged family member explore another room. It takes time for pets to adjust, so be patient when giving your pet access to the rest of the house.
#7. Give your pet extra love (and treats).
Who doesn’t love extra love and treats? Your pet might not seem stressed about the move, but even if he or she is fine, extra TLC offers plenty of benefits for everyone involved.
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