24 Jun Moving with Pets – 8 Tips
Moving with Pets – 8 Tips
When you’re getting ready for a big move, you’ve got lots of details to take care of. Don’t forget to think about your pets, though. Even the best Coto de Caza movers won’t move your pets for you! So you’ve got to plan to get them safely to your new home.
Many pets have a hard time with the moving process. It can take them time to adjust to a new home. So be sure that you plan properly to get your pet settled into a new home. Even more importantly, make sure that you take time to plan for keeping your pets safe during the actual moving process. Here are eight quick tips to help:
1.Keep them out of the way.
Moving day is hectic, and even the best-trained and most even-keeled pets are often thrown off by this upheaval. With all the people in and out of your home, it’s also easy for a pet to slip out unnoticed and to get lost, or to get underfoot and get hurt.
So on moving day, plan to keep your pets out of the way. You can shut them up in a well-ventilated room for the duration of the move. Another option is to just board your pets during the move. This can help reduce some of the stress of moving day, especially if your pets are already used to being boarded when you’re out of town on vacation.
2. Order new tags.
New tags for your pet can be really easy to forget. So be sure that you order them just as soon as you get your new address. This is really important because you’ll want to update your pets’ tags just before you move. That way, if a pet slips out unnoticed when you’re moving into your new home, at least they’ll have an accurate tag.
3. Ask for updated vet records.
If you’re moving far enough that you’ll have to find a new vet, you definitely want to have a copy of your pet’s vet records to take to your new veterinarian. Even if you’re just moving across town and plan to stay with the same vet, get copies of records in case of an emergency. Most regular vet offices aren’t open 24/7. If something happens to your pet during the move, you’ll need to be able to rush to an emergency clinic or pet hospital, and having records in hand is helpful.
4. Explore the neighborhood.
Before you move, take time to find places to walk and enjoy the park at your new home. If you know where these places are, you can establish your regular walking and park routine as soon as you move into your new home. This can help settle your pet in more readily.
5. Buy proper carriers.
If you’re driving your pet to your new home, it’s tempting to just put them loose in the vehicle. But this isn’t safe for even the best-behaved pets. And pets who rarely travel in the car are likely to get worked up from the experience. So make sure that you have proper crates or carriers for each of your pets. Plan to nestle these onto the floorboard of your car, or strap them in with a seatbelt while traveling.
6. Look at hotels.
Are you moving long-distance? If you’ll have a drive of more than a few hours, you may need to stop in a hotel to rest during the drive. If this may be the case, take time to scope out pet-friendly hotels en route to your new home. That way you’ll have some places in mind where you can stop even before you get started.
7. Introduce the new house slowly.
While you might be ready to stretch out and settle in as soon as you get to your new home, your pet probably is not. Pets can have trouble adjusting to a whole new house at once, and may even revert to unwanted marking and chewing behaviors because of the stress. Another option is to introduce your pet to the house one room at a time.
To do this, just shut off one mid-sized room from the rest of the house. Take your pet’s crate directly into this room, and open it up. Load up the room with all your pet’s necessities and favorite objects. Once your pet is comfortable with that room, slowly open up the rest of the house for exploration.
8. Pack familiar objects.
You may want to send most of your pet’s gear with your Coto de Caza moving company. But you’ll want to bring at least the basics with you, in case you beat the movers to your new home. You’ll need the essentials like food and water bowls and litter boxes, for instance, but you should also bring a few favorite, familiar objects. If your pet loves your couch, for instance, you could even take one cushion to toss down in the introduction room just to make things cozier!
These are some helpful tips that should help keep your moving day smooth going, even if you have pets.