What to Do With Pets When Moving
Before the Move
- The first thing to do before you move is to ensure your pets have collars with your name and contact details on them. If you want to get ahead of the game, have your new address engraved as well. This helps in case your pets decide to wander off after arriving.
- If traveling a long distance to your new home, bear in mind that your four-legged friend may suffer from travel sickness. Depending upon the distance, consult your vet if you feel your pets may need medication to make the trip easier. At this time, ensure you update their microchips.
- Before moving, decide whether you want to keep your pets with you on moving day or place them in a kennel. This helps ease the stress for you on moving day but could add to your furry friend’s confusion.
Locate all of your pets’ records, vaccinations, and other important documents. We recommend scanning them and putting them somewhere easily accessible to transfer to your new vet’s office, like Google Drive, Dropbox, or another version of cloud storage. Take a photo, in case you need to access the information quickly. Alert your vet’s office of your move. Have them send your records if moving out of state
If your pets are with you on moving day, there are some measures you can take to help with a smooth transition.
- Allow your pets to travel with you in a well-ventilated car, with regular breaks on a long journey.
- After arriving at your new house, keep your pet in one room with doors and windows shut, unless the temperature is an issue. For cats, this helps them become accustomed to their new territory. For dogs, this keeps them secure and away from the moving commotion. Let them sniff out the new surroundings before you leave them unattended.
- Let the moving crew know which room your pets are in. Ensure this room holds their food and water bowl. It’s also helpful to bring familiar toys or bedding into this room.
- Assign a family member to regularly check up on your pets, feed them, and keep them company to distract them from the hectic moving.
- Once the majority of the moving is done and the movers leave, allow your pets to gradually explore the house.
- When walking your dog for the first week or so, use a leash to prevent them from running off.
After the Move
- During this period, keep your pet around familiar items and smells, especially if you’re at work or not around. This helps them feel more secure. Also, if possible, try to get back to your usual routine. Keeping regular feeding times provides consistency for your pet.
- With cats, keep them indoors for around a week after the move to get used to the new property, before letting them out to explore the outside. After this, introduce your cat to the outdoors gradually by opening the door and going outside together.
- Ensure your garden is completely secure with fencing to prevent your pets from wandering off and getting lost.
- A final tip is to keep your pet company. Give them lots of TLC and attention, so they can relax as soon as possible.