Moving is not only a stressful experience for you, but for your pets as well. Whether you are renting or buying a new home, it is important to choose a home that is pet friendly.  Is there a yard or green space nearby for your dog to run and play? Does your new dwelling have a place for a litter box and room for your cat to grow vertically? Your new address should be “Home Sweet Home” for you and your pet alike. Follow the tips below to help alleviate the stress of moving on you and your pet:

  • Bring the boxes in early and allow your cat or dog to get used to their presence.
  • Consider keeping your pet in a familiar room and make that the last room you pack to reduce anxiety
  • Drop your pet off at friend’s house or keep him in a quiet room with the door closed on moving day. This will keep your four legged friend from making a quick getaway through an open front door.
  • Try and keep your pet’s daily schedule the same. Feeding and walking your animal at the normal time will help your pet feel in control and make the transition easier.
  • Be sure to allow time for animals to acclimate to their crate and cars. The more familiar your furry friend is with his or her crate before the move, the easier it will be for them to be in on moving day.
  • Many pets, especially cats, have an easier time adjusting to new places one room at a time. Place your cat in one room with their toys, food, water, treats, litter box and their other familiar items and allow them to get used to that room, before introducing them to other spaces. Spend time playing and relaxing in the cat’s new room with him to help him become comfortable with his new surroundings.  When you feel that your cat is comfortable in the space begin to let him explore one room at a time.
  • Before you move contact your veterinarian to get your pet’s medical records and copies of important vaccinations and certifications. Also make sure that your dog or cat is up to date on all of their shots. Don’t forget to purchase new identification tags for your pets too. After moving, be sure to find a new veterinarian in your area, as well as a groomer, dog park, and other pet services. Pets can be a great way for humans to make new friends, so settling your pet in quickly can help you adjust to your new home, too!

Follow these tips and hopefully your next move will be stress free for both you and your furry friend!