Moving with Pets: 5 Ways to Keep Them Safe and Happy

Have you found your dream home? While you’re probably excited to get settled in, there’s no denying that moving is one of the most stressful life events.

Whether you’re moving into the next town over or across the country, there’s a lot that has to be done. But moving isn’t only stressful for you. Your furry friend is probably feeling anxious, too.

So, how can you make the move easier on your pets when you can’t talk to them about what’s happening?

Well, luckily, there are a few things you can do. Keep reading to learn five ways to keep your adored pets happy and safe during your big move.

1. Help Them Prepare

Does your cat or dog only go in their crate when it’s time for the vet? Chances are, they’ve developed an uneasy feeling towards it because of this.

But when you’re moving, the crate can be the safest place for them.

Help them get used to their carrier by leaving it out a few weeks before the move. You can even place their food dishes inside, so they form a positive association with it.

If you are driving to your new home, take your pet on a few car rides to get them used to it. Even if you only drive around for 10 minutes, it’ll help familiarize them with the inside of your car and feel less anxious on moving day.

2. Keep Their Routine

When you’re so busy packing boxes and decluttering, it can be easy to slip up on your routines. But pets, especially cats, aren’t a huge fan of change.

Set alarms on your phone to ensure you keep your pet’s schedule the same leading up to the move. This includes maintaining their regular feeding, walk, and play times.

3. Talk to Your Vet

Did your pet experience a little motion sickness when you took them for a ride? Is your pet showing signs of anxiety?

The best way to deal with these issues is by taking them to the vet. They may have solutions for you.

Also, while you are visiting the vet, ask for recommendations about a new veterinarian in the area to which you are moving. Moreover, make sure you get your pets medical records to bring with you.

4. Pack a Necessities Box

There’s a decent list of necessities that you and your pet will need when you move. For you, this could be things like your phone charger, a toothbrush, and a change of clothes. For your pet, this is likely their food and water bowls, a pet bed, their favorite toy, disposal bags, and a leash.

Pack all of these necessities into one or two boxes. When you arrive in your new home, you’ll have easy access to everything you need right away instead of having to dig through a dozen boxes. Make sure you set up an area for your pet (somewhere quiet) with their bed, some food, and a toy so they can escape from the noise.

5. Keep Them Secluded

When moving day arrives, there’s a lot that’ll be happening. The commotion and strangers coming in and out of your home can make your pet particularly nervous.

That’s why the best place for them is in a quiet, closed off room. Keep their necessities (and the box to pack them away in) in the room, so they have something familiar to help them relax.

Do the same thing when you move them into the new home. Keeping them closed off with their belongings will lower their stress levels and reduce the risk that they’ll get out in the midst of your busy day.

Moving with Pets Made Easy

Remember to think about your furry friend when you’re planning a move. Just follow these five tips to keep your pets happy and safe while moving.

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