Tips for Moving with Pets

Tips for Moving with Pets

So, you’ve packed up your house, booked your moving date, and have everything in order for moving day. But do you have a moving plan for your pets? For as much as we love our furry and feathered friends, moving with pets can add a bit more stress to the experience. That’s why the team at Andrews Installation Group wanted to share some helpful tips for moving with pets. 

Having a plan in place will help reduce some of the stress of moving day. Follow these tips to make your next move as stress-free as possible for you and your pets. 

Introduce Changes Slowly

Our pets love routines, so it’s no surprise that the moving process can upset them. It’s best to start introducing your pet to the moving process early on by letting them get used to packing supplies, boxes, and moved furniture. Pack rooms one at a time, if possible, and give them plenty of time to adjust to all of these changes. You can leave out boxes for them to examine and play in so they feel more comfortable with the process. It’s best to start the moving process as early as possible to give your pet plenty of time to adjust. 

Be Patient and Understanding

Our pets rely on us to feel safe and loved. When their environment begins to change, they may start to feel stressed. This can cause pets to become shy, skittish, and sometimes even a little bit aggressive. Your pets may also have the occasional accident if they become too stressed. Be patient with your pets, and be sure to give them extra attention. 

Set Aside Safe Places for Your Pet

Although moving tends to generate lots of clutter around the house, it’s important to keep a few spaces or rooms clear for your pet. When things get too stressful, your pet will need a quiet, clutter-free space to retreat. When moving day arrives, it’s a good idea to keep your pet in a closed-off room so they don’t get frightened and try to escape. 

Stick to Your Normal Routine

Pets love routines. In fact, many causes of pet stress have to do with changing routines. This is why moving can be an overwhelming process for both you and your pets. Before, during, and after the move, try to stick to routines as much as possible. 

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Keep Your Pets Active and Entertained

One of the best ways to help your pet burn off some stress and anxiety is through play! Even though you’ll be busy around moving day, make sure to devote some time to your pet. Take regular walks and do your best to tire your pet out. That way, they will be less inclined to misbehave, allowing you some free time to take care of other tasks. 

If you don’t have enough time to walk or play with your pet on a regular basis, consider asking a friend or family member to pitch in. Dog walking services are another great resource to help your pet get the exercise they need. You can also use brain games to keep your furry friends engaged and occupied while you prepare for the move.

Keep Your Pet Away from the Action

Things can get a little hectic on moving day. Before the movers arrive, be sure to secure your pet in a safe place away from all the action. Doing so will keep them safe and prevent them from trying to escape in a panic. Keeping them away from the hustle will also help the movers complete their job more efficiently, saving everyone time and stress. When it comes time to retrieve your pet, be sure to prepare a comfortable kennel or carrier (you may want to put them in this carrier beforehand to make things easier). 

Plan a Visit to the Vet

If possible, book a visit to the vet a few weeks before you move. Vets know a lot of great stress reduction methods for pets, and they can also make sure your pet is up-to-date on all vaccinations and medications. 

Here are a few things to check with your vet:

Plan for Pet-Friendly Accommodations

If you are traveling across the country, chances are you’ll be staying at a few hotels. Plan your route to include pet-friendly hotels, and plan to make plenty of stops along the way so your pet can stretch its legs. Check for any policies about what types of pets are and are not allowed at these hotels. And if in doubt, have a backup plan!

Prepare a Moving Pack for Your Pet

If you are traveling with your pet in a vehicle, you’ll definitely want to have some supplies and toys on hand. Pack a travel bag with your pet’s food, medications, favorite toys, water bowls, and blankets. Be sure to pack extra paper towels, bags, and wipes in the event of an unplanned cleanup. 

Pet-Proof Your New Home

If possible, we recommend taking a few steps to pet-proof your new home before you move in. This will help keep your pets safe and comfortable once you arrive at your new home. 

You should also prepare a space in your new home where your pet can de-stress while you move in and unpack. Give them plenty of time to settle into the new location. Cats tend to hide in quiet areas as they get adjusted to the new area. You can walk your dog around the neighborhood to start familiarizing them with the new sights, sounds, and smells.

Tips for Moving with Pets — Andrews Installation Group

Moving with pets doesn’t have to be stressful—as long as you take the necessary steps to prepare for your move. That’s why the team at Andrews Installation Group was happy to put together this short list of tips for moving with pets. Remember to give your pet plenty of time to adjust to all the changes, and above all, be patient. Your pet is just as stressed as you are, so take the time to relax and play with them on a regular basis. A happy pet makes a stress-free move!