Moving With Your Pet? Here’s How to Ease the Transition

by Alex ThatcherOctober 12, 2018

Your Pet Needs Must Be Factored Into Each Phase of the Move

Moving isn’t always easy on pets. As stressful as the move is on you, it can affect your pet much, much more. After all, most pets are territorial, so simply moving them to a new home or apartment can affect their mental state, and in some cases, even their health.

As a responsible pet owner, you need to take special precautions through every phase of the move to help reduce your pet’s fear and anxiety. Here are seven ways to help ease your pet’s transition to their new home.

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1. Create a Pet Care Kit

Whether you’re moving across town or across the country, you should create a pet care kit that goes with you wherever you and your pet go. It should include food, grooming tools, toys, litter, and anything else your pet might need or want while you’re in the process of relocating and/or unpacking.

2. Get Your Pet’s Records From Your Vet

If you’re staying in the area and will continue to use your current veterinarian, then you can bypass this step. But, if you’re moving to a new city and will be needing a new vet, then you will want to talk with your vet, obtain a copy of your pet’s medical record, and ask whether they can recommend you to any reputable veterinarians near your new home.

3. Keep Your Pet Away From the Moving Process

Packing up your belongings can be a messy and stressful affair and one which your pet should be no part of. Keep your pet away from the noise and action, especially if you have professional movers handling the heavy work. Just remember to check on your pet often and set aside time to spend with her so she doesn’t feel abandoned by you.

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4. Transport Your Pet in Your Vehicle

Pets don’t always do well in cars, so you want to make sure that they’re in your car when transporting them to their new home. Your pet should be crated with the crate or container buckled in. If your pet doesn’t like traveling, you can drape a towel or blanket over her crate to make it easier on her.

5. Move Your Home’s Belongings Before the Pet (If Possible)

In an ideal world, you would want to have all your belongings in your new home before you bring your pet in. This will ensure your scent fills the home, making it easier for your pet to transition to her new surroundings.

6. Introduce Your Pet to Her New Home Slowly

Until you are mostly settled into your new home, you should keep your pet secluded to one room. This allows her to become acclimated to her immediate surroundings. Make sure the room has plenty of her own things, like her blankets, bed, toys, etc. As she becomes more comfortable in the room, you can gradually start introducing her to the rest of her home.

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7. Update Your Pet’s Information Tags/Chips

Update the information on your pet’s tag or microchip as soon as possible upon moving into your home. The last thing you want to have happen is for your pet to get out while still carrying her old address and phone number. This is an important step that many pet owners forget, so don’t forget.

Take things slow and always have your pet’s quality of life in mind before you start moving. You are responsible for making your pet’s transition as smooth as possible. Practice care and caution and before long, your pet will get accustomed to her new home.

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About The Author
Alex Thatcher
Alex is a home staging guru who moonlights as a writer. She loves everything about interior design and loves working in the industry. Alex is an expert in finding what makes people light up when they walk into a room, and has made a living by creating interiors that are unique, warm and inviting. When she isn't arranging flowers or making sure she's found the right loveseat for prospective buyers, she writes about her passion — home design.