Moving with Pets Made Easy
Moving day signals a big change for the whole family, including special pets. While it can be stressful, a little consideration and planning can help relieve anxiety for you and your favorite pets.
Here are some tips to help the process go more smoothly:
Before the Move
If your pet has not been exposed to a carrier, now is the time to get him comfortable with one. Leave it out where your pet can examine it daily, and do some test runs in your vehicle a few weeks before your move.
For all pets, use a hard-sided carrier with plenty of ventilation.
Pack a bag with your pet’s regular food and treats as well as plenty of water (water characteristics change regionally).
Make sure shots and health documents are up-to-date.
If you are traveling across states, know the animal entry requirements for your new location. Keep your current health inspection handy as many states require one, and law enforcement officers can request to inspect it.
Exotic pets may require special transportation considerations. Plan ahead if you have cold-blooded or other unusual pets that may be susceptible to temperature or other fluctuations.
Day of the Move
Any animal can get a little apprehensive if there is a lot of activity or strange people in and out of the house. Keep your pet restrained in a room away from others if possible.
Wait until everything is out and you are ready to go before retrieving your pet. Place him in the car last and head to your new home.
If the trip requires more than one day, call ahead and find a hotel that is pet-friendly.
When You Arrive with your Pet
Check for unknown hazards. Segregate your pet in a single room and look for unexpected holes in the fence, open places in the home, chemicals, pesticides or other dangers.
Pets may wander looking for the old home, so make sure they are confined until they become used to their new home.
To encourage an “at home” feeling, use your pet’s familiar food and water dishes, bed and toys.
Keep the same routine. If the pet is used to being fed twice a day, continue that schedule.
Place familiar objects in the same locations as in your previous home. If the cat’s litter box was in the bathroom of your previous home, put it in the bathroom in the new home.
Birds adjust best when they can be kept undisturbed until they become used to a new home.
Many pets, especially dogs and cats, can go through the same transitions to a new neighborhood that people do. With a little time and consideration, they will make the adjustment, just like you.
If you’re still looking for a new home for your pet – and your family – Pardee Homes’ New Home Specialists would love to help.