Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Tips for moving with pets

Moving and going to a new place with new possibilities can be exiting, but also stressful. Pets like routine, and regardless of what type of pet you have they are likely to find a move unsettling. You can minimize the risk for problems through preparing, and the below tips can make life easier for both you and your pets.

If you're moving to another area, start by researching pet laws and regulations. This is particularly important if you have large dogs and move into an area with breed specific legislation. Learn about restrictions, registrations, fees, and vaccinations before you start.

Pack over time

It's tempting to procrastinate with packing and make a last minute rush, but when you're moving with pets this is a bad idea for several reasons. Packing takes more time than you think it will, and if you're stressed your pet will pick up on it and become stressed too. Many pets also react better to smaller changes over time than to tearing up the home in a couple of days.

While you're packing, make a travel kit for your pet. You'll need some food, bowls, and a favorite toy. It's also a good idea to use a different color tape for important things you'll want to find quickly in the new place.

Update your pet's ID

There are many things to remember when moving. Make sure you don't forget to update microchip information with your new contact information. If the worst happens and your cat or dog are lost, the microchip will help you get them home.

Also make sure that your pet has a good collar that won't slip off. The collar should have an ID tag with your information.

Before you move in

Go through your new home before moving in and make sure it's safe for your pet. If you're moving to a house with a yard, check the fence for any holes or gaps your pet might get through. Check for leftover poison and other things that can be dangerous.

Stay safe on moving day

If you can, leave your pet with a friend or family member. You don't want your pet to make a break for it while people go in and out with furniture and boxes.

Some pets are frightened by new environments, others are confused or hyperactive, or just roll with it. Start small - most pets are more comfortable getting used a smaller area first. Give your pet the things they're used to, like their bed, toys, and other comfort things to make it feel like home.

Have you moved with your pets? How did they take it?

~ Maria Sadowski ~


  1. We have moved...even across the Atlantic. We have no issues with moving and find it to be a fun adventure, actually. I guess some dogs get stressed out, but not us.

    1. My dogs don't approve of the packing phase - they want things to remain the way they are. Once they get to the new place they're all happy. Last time we moved Topper looked like a kid at Disneyland with everything new to explore. =)