How to Move with Pets
Do you have an upcoming move and are looking for tips to make the transition as smooth as possible for you and your fur baby? We have the inside scoop to make it a meowgical time for all!
Preparing for the move—
- Many pets aren’t big fans of change. That’s why making any new introductions such as moving boxes and supplies is best done slowly. Begin bringing in a few new boxes each day, while reserving some of their favorite spaces for last minute packing so they can still enjoy them.
- Try to keep some sense of routine. Pets thrive off of consistency. Keep doing at least a few things a day that your pet knows they can count on. If you always walk the dog after you get home from work or cuddle the kitty and play before bed, keep doing that! It will not only help them to feel reassured you’re still investing in them, but, it may even help YOU keep your sanity!
- Research new vets in the area. Before actually moving to your new location, interview a handful of vets (if you’re able to). It’s always reassuring going into a new neighborhood knowing help is nearby that you can trust if anything were to go wrong!
- Make sure that your pets have the right amount of space to thrive and play in your new home. Whether it be a house or an apartment, be sure to allow for space to build a fun play space vertically for your feline friends. Dog lovers should look for lots of green space for their puppy to run and play whether it be a large yard or dog park, evaluate your options with your fur baby in mind! Also be on the lookout for other dogs who live in the neighborhood and see how friendly they are (or aren’t!)
- If you will be traveling on a long trip (in the car or by plane) with your pet, start to acclimate them beforehand. Pets don’t always have a positive association with their crate, that’s why it’s important to introduce the crate early on in the moving process. Have it sitting out in the living area, open with some food inside. Slowly, as they begin to get used to it, try closing the door while they eat. Walk around the house with them in the crate or go for short drives. This can make all the difference on move day, if they’re comfortable with the situation because its happened before. Consider it a “rehearsal” for the big day!
- Cat parents: Be sure to keep your kitty in its crate away from all of the chaos of the move, or in a room complete with their favorite things. Bathrooms typically work best for this because it’s not usually a high traffic area on move day and you can easily keep their food and litter readily available for them. Be sure to put a sign on the door letting the movers know so the cat can’t easily escape! Dog parents: We advise having one of your dog-loving friends or family members watch your dog for the day to avoid more anxiety on both you and your pet!
- One of the best things you can do is travel WITH
- Traveling in the car? Be sure they have collars with ID information and that they’re properly vaccinated. Keep a leash on them while they are in their crate so you can grab them more easily when you let them out for a potty break. On road trips, disposable litter boxes work great! Also, check with hotels ahead of time to make sure they accept pets.
- Traveling by plane? Be sure to have their medical records with you, and research the airport ahead of time to map out the closest pet relief area. Travel potty pads are also helpful to have on hand!
After the move—
spaces can be anxiety provoking for pets.
- To make the transition as easy as possible for cats, begin by keeping them contained to one room at a time in the new space. Choose a room to keep all of the things they’re familiar with like their toys, food, litter box, etc. and have them stay in there for the first few days until they start to feel more comfortable.
Helpful tip: When moving the litter box to a new more convenient location, try moving it one foot forward each day instead of just completely moving it at once from its original place.
- For dogs, the process is not as complicated. Simply place them on a leash initially and give them a grand tour of the inside and outside of their new home, allowing them to thoroughly sniff everything. Continue routines your dog is used to and try to stay home with them for the first few days while they adjust.
We hope that these were some PAWerful tips to assist you and your furry friend on your next moving adventure!
Speaking of our furry friends… we are SO excited to announce our first-ever, Amazing Spaces Cutest Pet Contest and we need YOUR help! – all you need to do is comment, like, or vote for your favorite photo in one of our upcoming Pet Contest Facebook polls!