While moving to a new home is an exciting chapter in you and your pet’s life, there are some steps you should take and things you should know before embarking on this journey. We’ve compiled a list of the top things you should know before, during, and after your moving day to ensure the transition is as stress-free as possible.
Before the move
Moving day is quickly approaching, and you want to ensure your furry friend is ready to go. Where do you begin?
- Update your pet’s ID tags in advance. Doing this sooner rather than later will give you peace of mind that your best friend is going to be safe in your new home. If your pet is microchipped (which we highly recommend!), don't forget to update your contact information with the microchip company as well!
- Map it all out. If you’re moving long-distance and driving, book your pet-friendly hotels early. (Did you know: the ScritchSpot app has a handy map tool that helps you find pet-friendly hotels as well as restaurants, parks, and more!) For long drives, plan out stops so your pet can stretch its legs. If you have to fly, know that air travel with a pet can be difficult and risky, so read through the Humane Society’s tips on traveling with pets before takeoff.
- Kennel adjustments. Some pets LOVE their crate or kennel… others not so much. If your pet is not used to their kennel, get some practice trips under your belt before moving day (if you have a long way to travel). This way, when the big day comes, your pet knows what to expect.
- Make sure you know local pet laws and regulations. These can vary from city to county to state. Want some help brushing up on what you need to know? Check out the Apartment List guide.
The big day has finally arrived. Make your trip seamless and comfortable by remembering to pack your pet’s travel essentials. While a crate and food may be obvious, there are a few things you may forget.
Don't forget: Pack pee pads, poop bags and litter boxes, and of course, their toys and treats. Grab all of your pet’s favorite things to make the move as stress-free as possible, and make sure they are easily accessible so you don’t have to dig through boxes to find them.
If possible, travel with a companion. If you’re already moving with your roommate or significant other, awesome! If not, getting some help from a family member or a close friend could go a long way. Split up the driving duties and have the passenger spend time comforting your pet in the backseat.
Too overwhelmed? Call in the experts. Pet moving companies are here to help. While these services can get pricey (usually ranging between $300-$1000, depending on distance), if you just need one less thing to worry about, they’ll make sure your pet's move is comfortable. Need a recommendation? Check out companies like Pet Relocation and UShip.
The hardest part is over. Now what?
- Keep the same home setup. At this time, don't buy a new dog bed, a new cat tree, or new food dishes. New things might seem like a special treat for your pet, but keeping the old accessories will actually help them settle in and feel more at home in their new surroundings.
- Consider keeping your pet supervised. It may take your pet a bit of time to feel comfortable in their new surroundings. Separation anxiety can affect even the most confident pups. To avoid unnecessary stress and destruction when you have to leave for work, you might want to consider hiring a professional pet sitter to keep your fur-baby supervised at all times.
- Have patience. The last thing you want to find is a pet accident in your new home or scratched up furniture, but remember – moving is stressful for pets. Just remember you are all starting an exciting new chapter, and given enough time, your pet will settle in to this new life with you.
Hopefully, these tips help contribute to a successful transition. As you get into your routine and introduce your pets to the local parks, their new vet, and their new walk route, they will feel right at home in no time!
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