If moving is a stressful time for you and your children, there’s no doubt it’ll have an impact on your furry friends, too. Here are our best tips on how to move with pets:
1. Make a trip to your vet.
In the weeks leading up to your move, make a visit to the vet to double check that your pets are up-to-date on vaccinations. It’s also a good idea to ask for a copy of their medical history and a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection/interstate health certificate, which may require when transporting pets across state lines.
2. Update your pets’ tags.
Now more than ever, it’s important that your pet is wearing proper ID and license tags. Your pets will likely be exposed to new and unfamiliar places. If they get lost, it’s imperative that they are tagged with your current contact information.
3. Seclude your pet from moving day madness.
Moving day brings an endless stream of visitors and open doors, which can be stressful for your pets. It’s best to keep them in a separate, quiet room away from the flurry of activity (like a spare bedroom or bathroom) until everything is packed up.
4. Welcome your pets to your new home.
It’s tempting to set your pets free to explore your new home, but it’s best to get them acclimated one room at a time – especially if you’re dealing with cats. Start with a room that has their food, water, litter boxes and favorite toys. After they’ve settled into their new surroundings, you can slowly introduce them to other parts of the house as well.