When moving with our furry friends, there’s a lot more we have to take into consideration. Animals don’t understand change the same way we do, and they can have a harder time travelling and adjusting. We’d do anything to keep our pets comfortable, so here are a few DO’s and DON’T’s when it comes to moving with your pets!
- Get your pet used to a carrier: Whether you are moving by car, or by plane, your pet will need to adjust to long hours spent in a small space. Many dogs are already crate-trained, or used to travelling in the car, but this can be particularly difficult with cats. Spend time before the move getting your pet used to being inside their crate or carrier for periods of time. Toys and treats will create positive associations for your pet, but be prepared to be patient.
- Move your pet last: Moving in and unpacking is stressful for everyone, but is especially hard on your pets. Open doors also mean it can be easier for them to escape. If possible, move your pets after furniture and other belongings. It helps to set up their bed and toys, to create a safe, familiar space for them in their new home. If possible, see if you can leave your pet with a friend or at a kennel during moving day.
- Check your paperwork: Make sure to keep all your pet’s vet and vaccination records, vaccination tags, registrations, and any other important paperwork together. Talk to your vet about the logistics of moving your pet. Take care to look up any rules and regulations concerning pets in the city or town you’re moving to. Change your pet’s tags to reflect a new address and/or phone number.
- Pack everything: Packing is stressful for pets because they know a big change is afoot. Make it easier on them by not packing away their food, treats, beds, and favourite toys until the very last minute.
- Let them roam: In a new place, your pet may be more likely to wander and get lost. Even if you usually let your cat out, or dog off-leash, keep them close and leashed until they are familiar with their new home.
- Put them in the moving truck: This one seems obvious, but do not transport your pet in a moving truck or van. Trucks may overheat, or become too cold, and there’s too much space for objects to shift.
By following these steps, and consulting with your vet, you can make moving easy on your beloved pet–and on yourself!