Moving With Pets
So there’s no question that, next time you need to relocate, you’ll be moving with pets in tow. But how do you prepare your pets for a move?
You can’t sit them down for a nice chat, but it’s still important that you make preparations for relocating your dogs, cats, or other small animals to make the process as stress-free as possible.
The following tips on moving with pets should ensure a happy, healthy transition for two-legged and four-legged family members alike.
My cat hates traveling in the car. How can I keep him calm?
If your cat (or dog) is not used to traveling in a carrier, it’s best to acclimate them as soon as possible.
Leave a hard-sided carrier in a safe, out-of-the-way spot where your cat can hide away. Once he is used to it, it won’t be a big deal for you to get them into the car.
During the trip, drape a light sheet or blanket over the carrier to block kitty’s view of the windows. Watching the world whiz by at such a pace can be unnerving for cats.
My dog doesn’t react well to strangers. What do I do while the moving company is here?
Dogs and cats should be kept in a safe location for the entire move. When people are carrying heavy furniture and boxes through a door that’s constantly opening and closing, it’s only too easy for your furry friend to escape.
Once everything has been boxed up, locking your animals away in a bathroom is generally your best bet, because you will not have to worry about removing furniture without letting your pets out. Once you have arrived at the new house, lock your pets into an empty room until you have finished with the move. Make sure that both rooms contain adequate amounts of food, water, and toys, as well as a place to relieve themselves (either a litter box for cats or an absorbent pad for dogs).
What are some good ways to prepare my pet to move?
If you haven’t already microchipped your dogs and cats, now is a good time to do so. Microchips can be easily and quickly embedded into your pet’s skin so that veterinarians can locate you in the event your pet gets lost.
It’s also a good idea to make sure your pet’s collar tag is updated with your mobile phone number. Experts agree that it’s best to include the word “Reward!” on the tag as an extra incentive for your dog to be returned. Make sure your pets are wearing a collar at all times during the move, even if they don’t normally do so. No one ever plans for their pets to escape, so it’s best to be prepared at all times.
I’m planning a long-distance move. What other things should I consider for my pets?
Relocating across the state, country, or ocean brings with it another load of concerns when you’re bringing your furry friends with you.
If you’ll be flying to your new home, check with the airline before buying tickets. Ask whether they accept pets on-board, and what the restrictions are. Some will allow you to keep your pets in the cabin with you, as long as they are under a certain weight.
If you’ll be driving, check with hotel chains on your route to be sure they will allow your pet to stay the night. Make sure you are honest about your pet’s weight and breed.
It may also be a good idea to discuss medicinal options with your vet before you go. Your vet may suggest an anti-anxiety medication to keep your pets calm during a long move. And while you’re there, ask for a copy of your pets’ records to show to the new vet.
What if I don’t plan on bringing my pet to our new home?
Sadly, sometimes life circumstances don’t allow us to take our pets with us when we move. Maybe you’re moving internationally, or your new apartment complex doesn’t allow the breed of dog you have.
Whatever you decide, DON’T abandon your pets when you move. This happens all too often, but it is not the best solution. If you can’t leave your pet (no matter the species) with a trusted friend or family member, take them to a reputable rescue center so they can be placed in a new home.
Moving with pets isn’t complicated, it just calls for some careful planning to make sure everyone arrives at the new home happy, healthy, and safe. Cento Family Moving loves moving pets in Orlando to anywhere you need to take them.