For many people, pets bring an enormous amount of joy and fulfillment to their lives. People cherish their furry friends as part of the family, some care for them as if they were their own children. Its easy to see how someone may be concerned about an upcoming local or long distance move when a pet is involved. They worry about how their pet will adjust to the move or what they will do with their pet on moving day when things get really busy. Moving can be a big undertaking, especially when you have a pet that depends on you at all times. However, if you plan your move properly, you and your pet can have a stress-free residential move.
Vet Visit –
Take the time to schedule a visit to the vet at least two or three weeks before you’re scheduled to move. This may not be Fido’s favorite place in the world, but it’s important to be sure that you have your pet’s medical records and any prescriptions they need before you move. This is especially true for people who are moving long distance and don’t know who their vet will be in their new home city. Doing this ahead of time is also just another good way to make sure your pet is in good health before you’re distracted by the moving process. If you can, see if your vet can refer another good animal clinic in your new hometown.
Find a Pet-Sitter –
As great of a YouTube video as this would be, cats can’t pack up your house and load up a moving truck. That will have to be handled by you and the professional moving crew you hire. To make things easier on you and your pet, try and find a nearby pet daycare center or ask a friend to watch your pet while you move. Trying to get things loaded up and keep track of your dog or cat at the same time is likely to make the process go slower, which will cost you more money. It’s also important to remember that even though you know you have a wonderful friend in your pet, other people who will be helping you may just not be animal lovers. Get the packing, loading and as much of the unpacking as possible done before you retrieve your pet. This helps make the adjustment to a new territory a little easier on your pet, especially if you have a doggy bed or scratching post that you can have ready for them. Having a pet-sitter helps you to get your moving done faster so that you and your pet can enjoy your new home.
Keep Them Close –
No matter how you’re completing your move, whether it’s DIY or with professional movers, your pet should definitely ride with you to your new home. Since we view our pets as family, it can sometimes be hard to remember that they are not human, and therefore cannot rationally adjust to new settings like we can. In order for a pet to adjust, they must experience something first hand, they cannot be mentally prepped for living in a new place. So make sure you have your carrier or container in the vehicle that you will be traveling in to make the transition easier on your pets.
Prepare Moving Kits –
We recommend having packing a ‘moving kit’ for both you and your pet. These kits should contain any and everything you both will need immediately after moving into your new home. Unpacking and organizing takes time, so having those things you use often easily available will help make the process easier on everyone. This is another way to help make you both feel more comfortable in your new home after moving in.
With these tips, you should be ready for any local or long distance move, and you can make sure that your pet is too. For more moving tips and advice, be sure to regularly check our blog page.