We’ve talked about moving kids, but what about moving fur babies, or pets, as some people refer to them. Just as children can be uncertain about a move, pets can also become anxious as you begin to pack boxes. Here are some suggestions to help ease your whole family’s transition to a new place (pets included).
- If you are crossing state or national lines you may want to do some research, for instance if registering your pet is required, etc. It is a good idea to take your pet to the vet and make sure your animal is current on all shots and is in good health. This will give you more time before your next vet visit and will cut down your list of things to do After you arrive at your new home, finding a new vet right away will not have to be an immediate priority.
- If your pet is not accustomed to traveling in a portable kennel, gradually try to introduce the concept to your pet. A few weeks before the move leave the kennel open and encourage your cat or dog to hang out in the kennel by giving treats for time spent in the kennel.
- Before moving day you may want to go ahead and get new pet id tags with your new address made for your cat or dog. In case Fido gets lost in the shuffle during the hectic move, your new address and contact info will already be on your pet’s tags.
- During moving day you may want to confine your pet to one room with access to food and water. Your pet may become nervous with all the extra movement and extra people. Making sure your dog is safe and away from the commotion, will help him to stay calm as well as keep him out of the way.
- Once you arrive at your new home, unpack some of your pet’s belongings like her bed, favorite toy, food and water bowls, etc. Setting up an area or corner with your pet’s familiar things will help her to feel more safe and at home.