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How to Move with Cats and Dogs

Moving is difficult enough when you’re only dealing with human kin, but pets can throw a wrench in an otherwise streamlined itinerary. Animals experience stress and negative emotions as much as people, so it’s important to ensure they are taken care of before, during and after the moving process. If you keep a few tips in mind, you can get your fur family secured in their new home with as few “claws thrown” as possible.

Get Supplies Ready

As you accumulate your boxes, dolly, and tape for moving your belongings, be sure you have your pet’s necessities in order as well. Whether it’s a crate, cage, or carrier, it’s essential that you have a vessel to transport your pet in along the journey. While many pets enjoy car rides, it can be dangerous to have your companions moving around the vehicle. Cats are especially prone to becoming frightened in automobiles, causing them to cling violently. Similarly, even the most jovial dogs can be a hindrance to drivers.

Keeping your pet contained on the journey will help keep everyone safe and more comfortable.  Of course, you’ll also want to make sure that adequate food, water, leashes, toys, litter, medications, and other pet supplies will be available for your pets when they arrive at their new home.

Keep Your Pets Entertained

When you’re busy packing and moving items into a truck or storage facility, it can be easy to lose focus on your animals. Sometimes pets can become unruly and mischievous when left up to their own devices, so it’s important that you make an effort to keep them entertained and exercised. For dogs, try to take time for walks when you’re taking a break from packing. You can also put boxes to the side for cats to dive and play in. Moving can be an overwhelming situation, so taking a few minutes for yourself and your pets will make the process run smoother and ease anxieties all around.

Introduce Them to Their New Digs

If it is possible, allow your pets to explore their new home first. Animals can be especially sensitive to new environments and may need extra time to feel safe and comfortable. Allowing them to explore before you move, may help make the transition less shocking, particularly if your pets don’t acclimate very well to change.

Consider Boarding Options

When you’re busy moving the bulk of your belongings, consider putting your pets in someone else’s care so that you can get all the heavy lifting out of the way. If you don’t know anyone who can pet sit for you, you can check with facilities that offer boarding services. Some veterinary clinics offer boarding in addition to standard pet care that includes feedings, interactive play and the administering of medications. You can always check online and look up reviews to find the most suitable pet “motels” for your loved ones. 


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