Moving With Pets: Top 8 Tips for Smooth Sailing

For people, the big moving day tends to be both stressful and exciting. It tires us out and makes us worry about a thousand different things, but at the same time we’re also eager to get to our new home and make it our own. If only our pets could see the big picture!

Unfortunately, they can’t, and as a result they tend to get extremely stressed out when moving to a new place. The good news is, there are tried-and-true ways to make moving infinitely easier for your beloved furballs, and we’re going to reveal them to you.

Here are the top 8 tips for making moving easier on your pets:

#1 You’ll need an overnight kit

Grab a bag and fill it with enough cat (or dog) food, kitty litter, grooming tools, toys, and other items that will help keep your four-legged friend comfy during the first few days after moving. Don’t forget to bring your pet’s favorite bed. Having something that smells and feels familiar to lie on while you unpack will ease the shock of the sudden change of environment.

#2 Reach out to your veterinarian

If you’re moving to another part of the city, or to another state, don’t forget to let your vet know. They’ll need to provide you with your pet’s medical records and prescription medications. Also, ask them if they can recommend a good vet that’s located in or close to your new neighborhood.

#3 Don’t throw your pet in the midst of things

Ask a friend or a family member to keep your pet during the big moving day. If this isn’t possible, rent a kennel for the day. While this may be stressful for your fur baby, it’s still going to be a lot less scary than being in the middle of the action. 

#4 Your pet should ride in your car with you

Unless you have very few earthly belongings, you’re likely going to need to hire a moving company to take all your stuff to your new home. Even if your moving company of choice offers pet transportation services, we advise you to still keep your pet with you in your vehicle. For more information on how moving companies operate, click here

#5 Update your pet’s info

Don’t forget to update your pet’s microchip information or tags to reflect your new phone number and home address. Have them registered with a new veterinarian as soon as possible. If you’re traveling to another country, you’ll need to familiarize yourself with that country’s animal transportation laws and obtain the necessary documentation. 

#6 What about the fish?

Up until now we’ve talked about dogs and cats, but what if you prefer underwater animals? Fish react strongly to stress, so you should transport them slowly (in short distances) in bags filled with their old tank water. Look for the necessary supplies in your local aquarium store.

#7 Guinea pigs are problematic as well

Like fish, guinea pigs are vulnerable to stress and may suffer heart attacks if you jostle them a lot. You should only transport them inside a small, comfy, warm carrier. Drive slowly and be careful not to shake the carrier too much. 

#8 Birds are risky too

Don’t make the mistake of thinking that just because your bird doesn’t take wing inside the house, it won’t fly away at first opportunity once you’re outside. Like most animals, birds are scared of change, and may end up flying away because something startled them. When transporting your birds, always use a cage and be careful not to shake it too much.