Moving is stressful enough, but it can be even more difficult when you have pets moving with you. Your pets don’t know what’s going on, only that their routine is changing and their familiar setting is gone. The following tips can make the moving process easier on you and your four-legged family members.
Provide a Secure, Comfortable Place While Loading
Moving day isn’t stressful for only you. It’s also hard on your pets. With boxes leaving the home, familiar objects being packed up, and possibly even strangers coming in and out, it’s a good idea to help your pets feel safe and comfortable on moving day. If you can’t have a friend watch them for the day, consider putting them in their crate in an out-of-the-way room or in an empty room with the door shut. Crating can also prevent a frazzled cat or dog from running out the door with the movers and getting lost.
Get Them Ready for a Road Trip
If it’s feasible, the best way to transport your pets during the move is by your side. Your presence can give your pets a sense of familiarity even on the road. Because your pets probably haven’t spent a lot of time in a car or a crate, get them used to the concept in the weeks leading up to your move. Get your pets acclimated to the crate by having them eat meals in it with the door shut. Carry them around the house and take them on short drives while they’re in the crate. Always give treats and playtime after crate time to create a positive association.
Update Your Contact Info on the ID Tags
Before the move, it’s a good idea to get new ID tags for your pets with your new phone number and address just in case your pet escapes during or just after the move. If your pet is microchipped, update your contact information with the database. This is also a good time to make sure your pet is up to date on shots and get copies of the vet records to give to a new veterinarian in your new neighborhood. It’s also a good idea to print out pictures of your pets and keep those, along with copies of your contact information, in the car with you while you’re traveling. For ease of access, put them with the documents containing the information of your auto insurance. National City residents can speak with a reliable professional at Altra Insurance about their insurance needs and other related issues while moving.
Pack a Pet Bag
As you’re packing up your home, don’t forget to set aside everything your pets will need on the road. Along with food, water, and collapsible bowls, your pet’s travel bag should also include a leash, any necessary medications, treats, and a few favorite toys.
Expect an Adjustment Period After the Move
Once you arrive at your new home, it may take some time for your pets to adjust. This is especially true for cats, who may seem to disappear for the first few days and become very anxious. Without any familiar smells, sounds, or sights, a cat may search for a hiding place and attempt to escape. You may want to keep your cat indoors for the first few days until it calms down. Dogs also need some time to adjust to their new environment and may jump a fence attempting to return to their familiar territory.
Moving is hard on the whole family, and it can be especially difficult for our pets. Follow the steps above, and your canine and/or feline friends should be just fine. Before you hit the road, make sure your new home is covered by reliable homeowners or renters insurance, National City residents prefer. In addition to these types of coverage, Altra Insurance Services offers auto and motorcycle insurance. San Diego residents should call one of our expert agents today at (800) 719-9972 to discuss their insurance needs.