A move with pets can be a lot like moving with young children. Both require thoughtful planning due to their inability to understand all that moving entails. You will need to have a game plan on how to help them transition during the move. The following is a timeline to make it as smooth as possible.
Before Your Move
- If you’re moving out of the area, inform your vet so you can take records and any prescription medications with you.
- Plan an overnight bag just for your pet. Make sure to include food, water, small toys, and any sleeping necessities.
During the Move
- Similar to small children, it is important to try to keep pets free from anxiety with all that is happening around them. If possible, take your pet to a different location on moving day. Plan to drop them off with a friend or family, or (at a minimum) keep them in a quiet room separate from where the flurry of action is occurring.
- Transporting your pet in a carrier can be a traumatic experience, yet this is the most likely way your pet will travel during the move. Prepare your pets by gradually acclimating them to their crates. First, place their food inside an open crate, and eventually have them eat their meals in the crate with the door shut. Try carrying your pets around the house in the crate or taking a short drive.
After the Move
- Be careful when transporting the animal to your new neighborhood because if they get out they can easily get lost trying to find their way “home”. Some pets have ended up attempting to return to your former home.
- Start by allowing them to adjust to one room at a time. Give them their “home base”, which should include their favorite toys, treats, water and food bowls and litter box for cats. When they seem comfortable, gradually introduce them to other rooms in the house, while keeping some doors shut.
- After you move, make sure to update their tags or microchip information with the new address and phone number.