The process of moving is stressful for everyone, including your animals, but with proper planning, you can make moving easier for your pets.
Behind the chaos of packing tape, bubble wrap, and cardboard boxes, you might not realize how unsettled your pets are feeling too. To make the processes easier on them, we’re sharing the following expert tips for a seamless move.
Most cats and dogs aren’t big fans of change. To make moving easier for your pets, you can help them adjust by keeping them in the room that you plan to pack up last. They will probably be skittish and confused by the copious amounts of moving boxes everywhere, but having a comfortable room to return to will help them feel at ease.
As you’re packing, we recommend prepping a moving kit for your pets. Not knowing where everything is can be stressful, so we recommend creating a kit with your pet’s essential items. It should include:
- Food and treats
- Water and food dishes
- Temporary litter boxes, if necessary
- Vet paperwork
Planning for Transport
Whether you’re just moving a few blocks or traveling across state lines, it’s a good idea to get your pets ready to travel in the car. If your furry friend hasn’t spent much time in a crate or a car, gradually acclimate them in the weeks leading up to your move. You can help your pets develop a positive association with the car or their crate by providing playtime or treats as a reward. When the big day comes, transport them in your own car instead of a moving van.
Settling into Your New Home
When you finally arrive, remember that a new space can be overwhelming to your animals. Help them acclimate by introducing them to one room at a time. Additionally, set up their belongings as quickly as possible to establish a familiar base. You can also help them adjust to their surroundings by taking them on regular walks and playing with them outside.
During the actual moving process, keep your pets in a safe area until all of the boxes and furniture are brought in. Offer them plenty of water since the stress and excitement can increase their heart rate.
Transporting Your Pet’s Records
Before you move, research veterinarians in your new area and obtain your pet’s medical records from your current one. We recommend setting up an appointment as soon as you move in to deliver the records and get established. Also, don’t forget to update your pet’s microchip, license, and tags with your new address.
Hire Best of the West Movers for a Pet-Friendly Move
A simple way to make moving easier for your pets is to hire Best of the West Movers. We’re a full-service moving company that can help you with everything from packing fragile items, loading the truck, transporting, and even unloading. We’re dedicated to giving you and your pets the best moving service you’ve ever had.
We are proud to serve cities in Davis and Salt Lake County, Utah, including Layton, Farmington, Bountiful, West Jordan, Midvale, Murray, and more! Contact us today to learn more and get a free estimate.