Moving is already stressful enough, but if you have pets, there are many more aspects you’ll need to consider. If you’re unsure as to what those might be, then you’ve come to the right place. So, without further ado, here’s our list of the top things to consider when moving with pets.
Be Aware That Pets Don’t Like Change
Even though some pets are okay with it, many pets don’t handle change too well. It can be difficult to know if yours does or not, so it’s better to play it safe. The primary way to keep them calm in this transitional time is to keep their routine as normal as you can for as long as you can. If their daily walks don’t change, they’re less likely to notice that a significant change is coming.
The other key way to creating the illusion of normality is to start packing early—and do it gradually. If items slowly disappear from the house, your pet probably won’t notice—unless you pack something they use all the time. You’ll have to pack their stuff up eventually but saving it for last would be the best option.
You Should See Their Vet One Last Time
It never hurts to visit your animal’s vet one more time before you move. You can get some last-minute medication and even personal advice for your pet’s well-being after you move house. Also, most vets tend to bond with your pet, so bringing them by one last time to say goodbye is a common courtesy for everyone involved.
Find a Place for Them To Go On Moving Day
Most pets—especially dogs—like to see what’s going on when there’s some action in the house. Moving day will have a ton of it! It might be possible to put them in a cleared-out room or in their crate during this time, but they’ll be even more stressed out because they won’t be able to see all the action.
That’s why it’s a good idea to find a pet sitter. Preferably, it should be someone they already know. Your pet will already have an inclination that something is going on, so if you take them to a house and person they’ve never seen before, they might freak out. Make sure the sitter knows the situation so they can better prepare for it.
If you can’t figure out what to do with your pet, come to us for your residential moving services. We know the move will be stressful, so we’ll work with you to make the process easier for both of you.
Plan for When It’s Time To Take Them To Their New Home
The final thing to consider when moving with pets is how you’re going to get them to your new home. If it is further away, you’ll have to plan accordingly. Schedule out your route to find good stopping points for bathroom breaks, food, and sleeping arrangements. Finding a hotel that allows pets is critical to having a smooth trip.