Moving Your Pets: Five Tips to Help Make it Easier
Sometimes our furry family members need extra care, but moving pets doesn’t have to be complicated.
Whether you have a parrot, three cats, or one dog, pets have their own unique needs. Unfortunately, they can’t tell us what makes them uncomfortable. We have somewhat of an idea of how their brains work differently than our own through research and understanding. When we move homes, they may react differently to change than we do. Moving pets safely and with as little stress to them (and yourself) as possible can be tricky. We’ve come up with five tips to help make your move with your furry family members a bit easier.
Keep your pets in a safe space on your moving day.
Your pets may not understand what’s happening, but they know that something is happening. Pets can get very nervous and anxious on moving days, which may cause them to run out the door or act out. Please keep your pets in their own safe space with food, water, and somewhere to sleep on your moving day. If you don’t have an area where they can stay separated from all the action, ask family or friends if they can watch them or drop them off at a pet spa for the day.
Don’t let your pet out until they’re in a safe space at your new home.
Moving pets can be very overwhelming for them, and they may try to run away or hide if you let them out. Try to avoid letting your pet out of their carrier until they’re in a safe, controlled environment. Once you’re moved into your new home, you’re in an area that they’re not familiar with yet. Please don’t leave your pets outside without supervision or a leash until they’re accustomed to the area and their new home. This will prevent them from getting lost or hurt.
Be patient and give them space.
Your pets will need some time to adjust to their new surroundings. While they get used to their new home, they may be more withdrawn or act differently. The best thing you can do for your pet is giving them their space to smell and explore at their own pace. Every pet will react differently, and some may need more time than others, so be patient with them – it could take a couple of weeks until they’re completely back to normal.
Transport them in your car
The safest way of moving pets is to transport them in their carriers, in your car. Do not pack them into the back of a moving truck; they’re not safe and are very likely to get hurt. There’s not much space in the front of a moving truck either, so don’t count on being able to keep them up front with you in the truck. If you don’t have a car, ask a family member or friend to transport your pets for you.
Consult with your vet before moving pets
Before moving pets, it’s essential to consult with your vet, especially if your pets have any health issues. If you’re making a long-distance move, you may be able to give them something to help them sleep during the trip. However, never give your pet anything that your vet hasn’t approved. Give your vet a quick call and ask them if they have any suggestions or concerns about your move.