Before the Move
Take these extra steps a few weeks before your move. Get new pet's ID tags made with your new address. It is one of those extras that can get lost in the excitement of the move. Also, do your research. Your new neighborhood may have different pet licensing regulations. Call the county you are moving to see what they require.
If you are moving with exotic animals, such as reptiles, temperature fluctuations need to be under consideration, as these could harm your pets in transit. Research and call specialist to guide you through temperature maintenance while traveling with these types of pets.
Schedule an appointment with your current veterinarian. Ask them to refer you to a vet in your new area. You will also need them to transfer over your pets' health records to this new vet. Is your pet prone to car sickness? Ask your vet to write a prescription to help prevent them from getting sick. If you're unsure how they will react to the transition, your vet can give suggestions to help your pet through the process of your move.
Dogs and cats are creatures of habit, and when their routines are disrupted, it can be traumatizing. Dogs can either get super excited and run around crazy, or they can be nervous and under your feet all day. Ask a friend to watch your non-humans at their place or confine them to one room in your home during the commotion. However, if you're leaving them in a room while you are packing and moving, be sure to check on them throughout the day. Let them out to potty. Fill their water bowl and maybe take them for a walk. Tape an extra cardboard box to the back of the door if you are worried they will scratch at it. Load your pets in the car when you are ready to go.
And you're off! Have a bag readily available in the car with leashes, harnesses, your pets' favorite toy, a water bowl, and their birth certificate. In the off chance that you get pulled over, officers can ask for a pets' birth certificate. And without a valid birth certificate, they can issue a fine. (Odd, but true.)
Cats tend to get spooked in moving cars. Placing a blanket over their carrier will help them stay calm. Dogs, on the other hand, often like to move around. They can be content with their head out a window with their ears flapping in the wind, or they may find comfort in your lap. For their safety and yours, attach their harness to a seat belt or keep them in a crate. When you stop for gas, let them out to give them a break from the car.
Overnight trip? Call ahead to the hotel to double check their pet policies.
Separate your non-humans once again in another room. Give them water; check in on them; and take them for a walk. Introduce them to the new neighborhood. Cats love consistency and may experience big behavior changes in the new place. Keep their same feeding and walking schedules so that they remain in their routines as much as possible. Place litter boxes and water bowls near the same area you did in your old place. Litter box in the laundry room? Do the same in your new home.
One of the biggest things to remember is that if you are uneasy, your pets stress even more. Be calm and give them extra love and attention for reassurance. And contact us today for a pet-friendly move.