Your pets are your family. Of course, you want to ensure your furry family’s trip to a new home is as well thought out as yours? Here are some tips to help your fluff-ball’s move easier.
Keep pets hidden away
Your pets know you. They seek you out when you are sad and sense your stress. When moving and packing up your home, a multitude of feelings will come out. Guess who will be affected by this. Your pets.
The best solution is to simply have your pets stationed in one room. Put their toys, food, and litter there. If you have a dog, take him/her for a walk every few hours. Because we know panic can cause pets to bolt, put up a “Do Not Open” sign on the door to prevent any potential escapes.
You may find the stress causes your little dude to act unlike himself. Perhaps Fido never runs away but on the day of the move, the activities and noise can cause Fido to take off. Crate or lock in a room to prevent an unnecessary 5k. Also, spread out your packing to help your own stress level decrease. Consider hiring movers to help you pack quicker.
Kennel your pet
Work with your pets early to get them used to a crate before moving day. This is especially important if you are flying. If this is the case, look into TSA friendly crates and check with your flight on any particular arrangements.
Of course, your goal is to have your pet comfortable enough to sleep in the crate or kennel before moving day. Start slow. Use treats for encouragement. Keep your attitude lighthearted and happy so your pet does not view the crate as punishment.
Go on short trips or run errands with your pet riding along in the crate. Having your pet accustomed to the movement of the crate in a car, as well as simply being in it, makes moving an easier feat.
Update pet info
Moving day draws your focus to the task at hand…which is anything but making sure your pet’s information is updated. Do this ahead of time. Change your address and contact information for microchips and create new ID tags for your pets.
Contact your vet and get all records, prescriptions and vaccination information. Ask for a recommendation for a new vet in the area you are moving to. Get suggestions for helping your pet with moving anxiety or car ride tips.
As hard as it may be to do, board your pets. The noise and activity are likely to stress them out. Finding a place where they can stay away from the activity give you space to focus on the task at hand.
Your vet may be able to temporarily board up your furry friends. Doggie daycares or a friend’s house are other options. If you can do neither, refer back to the “keep your pets away” section.
Plan a pet friendly trip
It’s here – moving day! Let your pet ride with you. Account for extra stops for walks and pre-plan any necessary travel gear including crates and spill-proof bowls.
Given the craziness of the day, it’s wise to keep your pets in the crate when driving. Bring along a sheet to lay over the crate to help with the motion of the road. Plan for hotels with pet-friendly rooms.
Pack a small bag for your pet including food, water and a leash. If you have a cat, don’t forget a litter box. Many cats can wait 8-10 hours before needing to use the bathroom but unless you just like perfume-de-ammonia, why not bring one just in case.. Extra towels are a good idea for an accident or water spill.
If planning your trip with your pets causes too much trouble, or you have higher need pets, consider a pet mover. These can cost $1000+ but compared to the cost of replacing pets, especially exotic pets, it is well worth the investment. Pet movers transport your pets and arrange the best routes, as well as look into specifics like quarantines and flight regulations.
If you are flying, be prepared to fork over $100-$150 for a pet to ride under your seat. If they are too big, they may be required to ride in a kennel by the cargo. Because the extreme cold or heat can cause the pet to become sick, the best seasons to fly with pets are the spring and the fall.
Give your pet a new home
Consider the needs of your pet. Do they have achy joints or is aging causing your pup-dog to be unable to navigate stairs? Is there room to build up for your cats? Could a pool become a safety hazard? Just like you would any other member of your family, consider the needs of your pets.
Unpack your animals first and keep them in a room with a closed door and the “Do Not Disturb” sign. Take this time to pet-proof your new home. When your pet becomes acclimated to this room, allow him to venture further into the house.
Explore the neighborhood. Even if your pet is normally fine without a leash, use one as the stress and abundance of distractions could cause your animal to bolt.
Because moving is stressful, your pet may seem off and depressed as he adjusts. Establish a routine asap ensuring it includes you playing with him, taking him for walks or focusing on training. If it doesn’t start to go away, visit your new vet for advice.
It’s go time
As you focus on helping your furry friends have the best experience, allow us to take care of the logistics of packing and moving you. Head over to The HomeTeam for a free estimate on packing and moving to your new home.