Moving is a stressful time for anyone, but it can be especially difficult for unsuspecting pets. Take a look at this list for tips and tricks on how to make the transition to your new home smoother for your animals!
- Make an appointment with your current vet
If your pet has a difficult time traveling, consult your veterinarian about different medications or techniques that can ease some of your animals’ anxiety.
- Find a New Veterinarian
Do some research and pick a new vet. If you have unique pets like farm animals, birds, or reptiles find out which veterinarians in your area specialize in this.
- Medical Records
Get copies of your pet’s medical records to make the transition to a new veterinarian smoother. You may also need them if you plan on staying in a hotel at any point during your move.
- Update Your Microchip
The likelihood of your pet getting lost is much higher in a new neighborhood. Contact the pet microchip registry your pet is enrolled with to update your animal’s microchip.
- Identification Tags
Get new tags with your new home address. Your animal will be unfamiliar with its surroundings and is unlikely to find its way home if it gets lost.
- Contact Your Airline
If you are traveling by airplane, make sure to contact your airline to figure out their policy on traveling with pets. Allow yourself plenty of time to get the proper vaccinations and documentation.
- Pack Your Pets Favorite Items
If your move is long distance you will obviously need to pack any food or medication your pet takes daily but be sure to also pack your animals’ favorite toys, bedding, treats, or any items it may find comforting.
- Stick to Your Routine
Whether it’s a long-distance trip or a quick drive, try to stick to your daily routine. Make sure your pet eats and takes bathroom breaks as regularly scheduled. An established routine will make your animal feel more secure and will make the adjustment easier.
- Limit Access
If your pet is easily overwhelmed or nervous in new settings, you may want to limit the number of rooms it has access to. Gradually let your animal explore the house as it gains confidence.
- Outdoor Pets
Do not let your pet roam freely until it has adapted to its new environment. Your pet may try to find its way back to its former home. If you have an outdoor cat, keep it inside for the first couple of days. As the cat gets more comfortable, let it outside for short periods of time under your supervision. Leave your cats favorite blanket or a piece of your clothing by the front door in case it wanders off and needs help finding its way back home.