Moving to a new location can be stressful on every member of the family — including your pets. Luckily, there are a few easy steps you can take to help keep your pet safe and calm during your move.
- Make sure your home is pet-friendly. If your pet needs a lot of outdoor space, be sure that your new location offers it.
- Change can be difficult for pets, especially for cats. Consider keeping your pet in a quiet room with the door closed on moving day or even at a friend's home. This will help keep your pet from bolting for the door or getting lost in the clutter.
- Start as gradually as possible. This will give your pet a chance to adjust to the idea of change. Start moving in boxes and then gradually begin to pack things away.
- Once you move, don't forget to update your pet's ID tags and microchip with your new address and phone number. Sometimes, pets can get lost in the moving process, so you want to make sure all of their identification is updated and accurate.
- Introduce your pet to their new home slowly. Start with letting them explore one room and give them their familiar toys, dishes, food and water. Then, as your pet becomes more comfortable, open up new rooms for them to explore. This will help keep your pet from feeling overwhelmed.
- Ask for vet records before moving. Just as you would ask for your medical records before switching doctors, be sure to get a copy of your pet's vet records before switching to a new vet.