Our pets are not just animals who live with us. These pets have become more like a family. Which is why it is always important to bring them along whenever you move. It is important to make the move as easy and hassle-free as possible. Why? Because this will help you and your pet to settle into your new home quickly.
In this article, we will discuss some tips on how to make your move as stress-free as possible. Read the tips below.
Before you move
You need to make sure that the house you found is pet friendly. There are some landlords who don’t allow pets. Before you sign the landlord-tenant agreement and pay the deposit, make sure to ask if they will allow you pet. If they do, then you will need to ask for a written confirmation. Trust me, this will save you a lot of problems in the future.
Moving day can be stressful for you, as it can be with your pet, as well. So, if you can leave your pet to a relative or a friend while you move all of your stuff, it would be for the better. You can just pick your pet up once you have finished moving your stuff. This will help keep your pets from panicking due to the change of scenery and keep them from suffering from travel sickness.
Before you move, it is also a great idea to get your pet’s microchip updated. And buy a new tag that contains your new number and new address. This way, if your pet ever run away, you can be contacted immediately. If your new address is far away, it is also a good idea to register with a new vet in advance.
During the move
Like I mentioned above, it is better to leave your pet to a friend or a family while you move. You can just pick them up later after all your stuff has been moved. However, if this is not a choice for you, then you will have to remember these tips during moving day.
Keep their routine as normal as could be. This means, if possible, feeding them on time and walking them as you normally would. In result, sticking to a normal routine will help minimize stress for your pet.
Your pet should also be in one room while you pack and move boxes. This will help keep them safe. You will also need to pack their bed, toys, blankets, etc. at the very last minute. This is so your pet will have all their things around while you pack. It will help them relax and get comfortable while you pack.
You also need to make sure that your pet always have fresh water. If you are travelling far, don’t leave your pet alone and unattended in the car or moving van. For those of you who have cats, make sure that there’s a litter tray nearby. For those who are travelling with a dog, make sure you stop regularly for walks and toilet breaks.
If it is possible, keep your pet’s bedding and other stuff with them so they can have a familiar surrounding. Especially if it is their first time in a car. You will also need to make sure that they are safe and secured in the vehicle. Again, if you’re travelling with a cat, travel cases are the best way to go. If you are travelling with a dog, purchase a dog guard or a seatbelt harness.
Keep your pet in one room as you unpack. Make sure that they are surrounded by familiar items like their bed & toys. Try and keep their routine as normal as possible. If you have a cat, keep it inside for at least three weeks. If you take them to walks, make sure they are nearby you at all times. If your pet is a dog, make sure to keep them on a leash while walking. This will help get them familiar with the new neighborhood.