Moving can be a stressful endeavor; when you add pets into the mix, that stress can escalate into all-out panic. Here are some tips for moving with pets that can do wonders in lowering difficulties on moving day.
The short distance guide to moving with pets
If your move is an hour or less, the opportunity for disaster is greatly reduced. Still, there are some problems moving with pets that can be averted with these moving tips.
1. Gather all of your pet’s necessities into one box or a group of boxes, and mark them clearly.
This includes food and water bowl, litter box for a cat, dog bed, toys; anything that is necessary for that first night in the new home should be packed along with the animal for easy access.
2. Scope out the home beforehand and figure out where Fido will sleep. If your dog is destined for the backyard, ensure it is fenced properly with no holes that allow for an easy escape.
3. If you have a smaller animal like a bird, rabbit or guinea pig, put him or her into a quiet place at first, even if that is not their permanent home. This allows them to get used to the smells and sounds of the new area without having too much at once.
The long distance move
If your move is over an hour long but does not include an overnight stay, here are some pet moving tips to help you on your way. The above moving tips also apply.
1. Get Fido used to car rides. Many animals associate being in the car with uncomfortable occasions; veterinarian visits, or being left at a boarding facility. You can help your dog or cat get comfortable with car rides by rewarding them with something instead of taking them somewhere “bad.” Take your dog to a dog park, or your cat around the block and right back home.
2. Ensure you have water and necessities in the car. For your dog, make sure you have easy access to a bowl for water (and bring water with you) and a leash to allow them to do their necessities; for a cat, make sure you have kibble and water to feed her as well.
The overnight move with pets
Travelling overnight? Here are some great moving tips to make sure everyone gets to their new home safely!
1. Research beforehand which hotels or motels you can stay in that allow pets. This allows you and Fido to be together, which will make for a much less stressful situation.
2. Schedule regular breaks so your dog or cat (and in turn, you) can stretch their legs.
3. If you are traveling via plane, you should contact your veterinarian to see about sedating your pet to make for a more comfortable ride.
Cesar Millan has some great moving tips for traveling with your dog.
Whether you are moving with Fido or any other pet, good luck to you and safe travels!
Written by Lynn Bernard. Find Lynn on Google+.