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How To Move With Pets
Moving can be one of the most stressful things you will do in your lifetime. There are so many details to think about; on top of any emotional attachments you may have leaving your home for a new one. It’s easy for some of the details to fall through the cracks until moving day, and one of them may just be your furry best friend! So as with everything else when it comes to moving, it’s important to have a game plan.
One of the major factors in deciding on how to move your pet is by the distance you are going. If you are staying in the same town or relative area, the best option is to put your animal in a kennel for a few days while you move. But even that takes some preparation. If you have a dog or cat that haven’t been in a carrier since you brought them home, it is a good idea to get the carrier out a couple weeks before the move. Allow your pet to get used to the carrier, even consider putting some treats or toys in there, so they will spend a bit of time in there. It’s a good idea to schedule an extra day at the kennel on both sides of the move, in case any unforeseen events come up.
Move your furniture and everything else into the house before you bring in your pet. They will be disoriented by the new home, so some familiar surroundings and items will help them feel at home much quicker. As hectic as your moving days maybe, take a little time to pay attention to your pet. It will help them relax and acclimate easier.
If you are moving far enough away that a kennel is not an option, there’s a few more things you should do. On top of getting your pet used to the carrier, get them used to being in a car. You’re going to want to move your pet in your own car with you because that will greatly decrease their anxiety. Take them for a few drives around the neighborhood with you, so they can get used to the movement before the move.
You must also prepare for traveling with your pet. Make sure you pack all the essentials that your furry friend may need, and make sure they are accessible. It is an easy mistake to put your pet’s things in too early and they can get buried under other stuff. You’ll want to pack water, food, cat litter and/or a leash. A toy or familiar blanket, wouldn’t hurt either.
If you are moving a dog, take several breaks during your journey to let them get out, potty and stretch their legs. They make leashes for cats too, so buy one for your cat so they can get out of the car too. You don’t want to be chasing your cat around a rest area.
If you are on a multiday journey, figure out where you plan to stop. Make sure you can find a pet-friendly hotel in that area. You don’t want to be trying to do that after a long day of traveling.
After you have moved and gotten settled in, update your pet’s tags with your new address and phone number. If your pet is microchipped, contact your provider and update your information. Make sure you have procured copies of your pets’ medical records, get them to your new vet.
Moving may be stressful for you and your pets, but if you are well prepared, it won’t take long for them to adjust to their new home!
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