Most of your family is excited about the move, that is except for your pets. A cross country move can be very stressful for our furry family members so you want to do everything you can so the transition is easy and safe for them. Here are our top tips for moving with animals.
Dogs are creatures of routine, so during the process of moving do your best to keep them on their regular schedule. Also take your time packing, you don’t want to shock your dog with an immediate change. During the move, include your dog in the process with positive reinforcement, make them feel like they are an important part of the family.
Then when you arrive in your new home, introduce your dog to the space slowly with lots of encouragement. Show your dog where their food will be, where they will sleep, and where they will use the bathroom. Dogs are pretty good at adapting to change, so if you just make them feel like they included, the move will not cause them stress.
Cats are very territorial, so they hate to move. So it is really important to make sure your cat is comfortable during this transition. Start by putting out your moving boxes, so your cats get used to them. Then pack your house slowly, cats do not like sudden changes to their environments. A few weeks before the move, familiarize them with the cat carrier. Keep it a safe clean space they will enjoy being in.
The day of the move, keep them in a safe quiet space away from the commotion. Also feed them a light breakfast to prevent their stomach from getting upset. During transport, keep your cat in their carrier with food, water, and a place to use the bathroom. Keep the carrier as clean as possible.
Then when you arrive in your new home, take your cat into a quiet room with familiar possessions. Let them come out of the carrier at their own pace, giving them positive encouragement and affection. Show them where they will eat, sleep, and use the restroom. If your cat is very anxious, talk to your veterinarian about possible medicines to reduce their anxiety and help them sleep. If you do all these things, you will reduce the stress of the move.
Also, before you move, with both cats and dogs, you want to make sure you get them new ID tags with your address and phone number. If they are microchipped, contact your vet to have them updated with your new information. Also register your pet with the new city you are moving to so that if something happens, they can be returned to you.