At some point pets become an important part of the family and they require certain consideration if you are planning to move house any time soon. A household relocation with pets can be extremely stressful and if not planned properly, it can be really traumatic both for you and your furry friend.
Pets can be very sensitive to moving, since they get easily attached to a specific territory. However, there are a few things that you can do to make the whole relocation process easier on your pets and to help them feel more comfortable when one of the most important life-changing events is about to happen. A changed environment can cause major disruptions to your pet’s routine as well as changes in behavioral patterns. Hopefully, our moving tips will help you organize a stress-free move for you and your pet.
– Hold on to a relocation plan always taking your pet’s needs into account. Some pets are likely to adapt well to new circumstances, which is not the case with cats. Try to identify your pet’s specific needs and to act accordingly.
– Prepare a carrier and an identity collar with updated contact details.
– If you are moving locally, take your pet to explore the future home and to get acquainted with the new neighborhood several times before moving day.
– Find out if pets are allowed in the community you are moving to. Check with the building management whether your new home is pet-friendly and if it is a safe environment for your pet. A house with a large backyard or one situated close to the green area would be a convenient environment for your pet, so take your pet’s needs into account while researching housing options.
– Depending on local regulations you may need to register your pet in the new state/country, so get the necessary paperwork in order to have everything done as soon as you settle into your new home.
– Make arrangements in advance if you are flying to your new home with your pet. Small cats and dogs can be accommodated with you in the cabin in a small carrier, while larger pets are usually transported in the cargo area.
– Schedule a vet appointment so as to make sure your pet is ready for a long-distance move. Make sure your pet’s records are up to date and get necessary prescriptions, medications and health certificates proving that your pet has had proper inspections and shots.
– Learn about vets in your new city – your current vet may be able to give you some helpful guidelines and suggestions.
– Pack food supplies and prescriptions for your pets, especially if they have specific food needs. If you happen to run out of your pets’ favorite food, the last thing you would like to do in the middle of the night is to wander around your new city looking for a pet store.
– Prepare an overnight kit containing your pet’s favorite food, toys and grooming tools and keep it easily accessible during the first couple of days in your new home.
How to keep your pet safe on moving day
Pets may get nervous even during the packing phase, not to mention how agitated they can become on moving day when unfamiliar faces are going in and out all the time. Some pets are very sensitive to your emotions and they are able to sense your anger or sadness, which will make them more insecure and cause further stress. So, try not to panic while organizing your move.
-Plan for you pet’s safety while preparing for your NYC movers’ arrival. Assign a neighbor or relative to look after your pet while you are running your moving errands.
– Keep your pets in a quiet area and confine them to an empty room, garage, backyard or their carrier and make sure you check on them regularly.
– Be consistent about their routine and stick to the feeding, walking, playing and sleeping schedule as much as possible.
– If you new home is within the driving distance, take your pet in your own car so as to make it feel more comfortable. Secure a carrier in a back seat and, if necessary, cover the carrier with a blanket during the car ride.
– If you cannot organize the entire move yourself, feel free to contact pet relocation specialists who are trained to handle both local and long-distance moves with pets. They will make sure all aspects of your pet relocation process are covered in a professional and efficient manner.
How to help your pet adjust after a household move
Given the circumstances, pets may react differently to the changed environment, so you need to create calm and familiar surroundings once you settle into your new home.
– First of all, allow your pet to explore the new area and to get acquainted with the most interesting features until they are comfortable. Try to recreate familiar situations and smells in order to reduce negative effects of transition.
– Maintain the old routine after you move into your new home so as to speed up the adjustment process. Just like moving with kids, pet relocation process has several stages, and the best would be to allow your pets enough time get used to the new environment.
– Having you around during the first couple of days in the new home, your pet is likely to adjust more quickly. Spending more time with your pet during the period of transition allows you to follow his emotional responses and potential behavioral changes that may occur after the household move. In case you need to start working immediately after the move, make sure your pet is not left alone at home. Consider hiring a pet sitter if there is no one else who could look after your lovely pet while you are at work.