Pet Moving Tips

Group of pets sitting in front of white backgroundHow Do I Move Easily with Pets?

When moving with your pet planning is key! As you can imagine, getting a cat, dog, or other pets ready for an upcoming move can be tricky.

Fortunately, Collegian Movers is here to help you enjoy a quick, seamless transition to a new address when moving with pets.

Now, let's take a look at four Moving With Pets Tips that every pet owner needs to know.

Let's Dive into Four Essential Tips for Moving with your Pets:

Picture this: You're gearing up for a move, and your furry friend seems to sense the change. The anxious look in their eyes tells you they're not quite sure about this transition. At Collegian Movers, we know your pets aren't just animals; they're family. That's why we've crafted these tips to ensure their move is as stress-free as possible.

Prepare Your Pet's Records

If you're moving far away from your current address, you likely will need to find a new veterinarian shortly. As such, it pays to prepare your pet's records today to avoid potential problems down the line.

Young latina woman working as veterinary, vet talking to dog owner during house call. Animal doctor writing note for pet prescription medicine at home. Close-up of hand holding penAsk your current veterinarian for a copy of your pet's records. Receiving these records in advance will save you time in the long run, as your new veterinarian will want to have access to them. So, rather than requesting them, they will be readily accessible.

If you are moving by air or flying to your new location, while your home furnishings are being transported by a professional mover, be sure to have your pet's health and rabies certificates on hand. Most airline pet policies require these certificates within 10 days of travel. They must also be issued by a licensed veterinarian.

Additionally, it is important to ensure you have provided your pet with some form of identification. If your dog or cat runs off during a move, this is your best chance of retrieval. The ID tag should include your pet's name, your name, and your phone number.

It may also be helpful to have an easily accessible photograph of your pet with you during the move. Plus, a description of any distinguishing markings, names they may answer to, or foods that may help to attract or calm them would also be helpful.


Help Your Pet Manage Stress

Moving can be overwhelming, but with our tips, you and your pet are in for a smooth journey. Let's make this adventure together!When Moving Spend Time with Your Pets

For example, keeping your pet away from the actual movers is a good suggestion. Often, if a pet sees familiar furniture or other items leaving your home, he or she may start to feel anxious. On the other hand, spending extra time with your pet while movers pick up your belongings may help your pet minimize stress on a moving day.

Plus, keeping your pets away from the action of people coming and going will increase the productivity of the movers and the flow of traffic. We suggest you keep your pets in a safe place on your moving day. Often a laundry room or bathroom are good options. Once you decide upon your safe room, be sure to set it up with food, water, and good ventilation for the day. Then, be sure to keep the door closed and label it for safety. Another option is to board your pet at a local kennel or send them to a sitter, friend's house, or doggie daycare center for the day.


Protect Your Pet While Traveling

Two gray kittens in a travel crateIf you are traveling to your new home by car, we suggest you keep your pet crated while you're driving. You'll be glad you did. It is unsafe for your pet to roam free in your car. This is especially true when you are going to be on the road for several hours. Conversely, if you keep your pet in a crate, you'll help them remain safe for the duration of your journey & the familiarity of the crate may calm them.

If you are traveling by airplane, check before the moving date that your pet has met all necessary airline requirements. In addition, pick up a pet crate and consult with a veterinarian before your flight.


Prepare an Overnight Bag for Your PetAustralian shepherd puppy with travel kit for moving

Moving is stressful for you and your pets. Being overly prepared tends to make the process of moving less stressful. So, be sure to pack an overnight bag for you and a pet travel kit. When preparing your pet's travel kit, include not just documents, but also a comforting blanket with their scent. This familiar item can work wonders in easing their stress during the journey. Remember to also include the basics of both food & and water plus the necessary dishes or bowls to hold them. Since pets need to be active often, also remember to pack a leash, and a few treats to reward them for good behavior.

In addition, be sure to pack their favorite toy and/or some type of bedding to keep their environment familiar.  Lastly, don't forget a scooper and plastic bags for cleanup!

Moving with Types of Pets: A Tail-Wagging Adventure

Whether you have a furry feline, a loyal canine, finned friends, or other small companions, Collegian Movers is here to guide you through a seamless transition, ensuring your pets feel right at home in your new space.

For Dogs:

  1. Minimize Interaction with Movers:

    • Arrange for your dog to be in a calm and secure location away from the movers before the move. Reducing direct interaction can alleviate protective instincts and stress.
    • Keep your dog in a designated area, gradually away from the hustle and bustle of the moving process. This lessens the chance of them feeling overwhelmed and fosters a positive experience with the moving day.
  2. Comfort in Familiarity:

    • Create a moving-day comfort corner by placing your dog's favorite toys and items in a designated space.
    • Bring these familiar items into the new home to provide a sense of comfort and ease the adjustment.
  3. Treats Galore:

    • Craft special treat puzzles to keep your dog entertained during the move.
    • Continue treating your dog in the new home, associating positive experiences with the unfamiliar environment.
  4. Crate Comfort:

    • Line the crate with a piece of your clothing to provide a comforting scent.
    • Use the same crate in the new home, maintaining a consistent and secure space for your dog.
  5. Health First:

    • Create a pet health journal to track treatments and medications.
    • Schedule a vet visit in the new location, ensuring your dog's health needs are addressed promptly.

For Cats:

  1. Serene Sanctuary:

    • Utilize calming pheromone diffusers in your cat's safe space during packing.
    • Maintain a calm environment in the new home by using familiar scents and pheromones.
  2. Crate of Comfort:

    • Add a cozy blanket to your cat's travel crate for added comfort.
    • Keep the same crate in a quiet area of the new home, allowing your cat to acclimate at their own pace.
  3. Gradual Introductions:

    • Use interactive toys to engage your cat in the new space.
    • Slowly introduce different areas of the home, encouraging exploration and positive experiences.

For Fish:

  1. Tank Tranquility:

    • Play soothing underwater music for your fish during the move.
    • Set up the same tank layout in the new home, maintaining a familiar underwater haven.
  2. Safe Swimming:

    • Place a dark cover over the fish container during transport to reduce stress.
    • Gradually unveil the tank in the new location, allowing fish to acclimate to the adjusted surroundings.

For Small Pets:

  1. Cozy Cage:

    • Attach a small hammock or cozy corner in the cage for added comfort.
    • Maintain the same cage set up in the new home, providing a secure and familiar space.
  2. Hideaway Haven:

    • Create a hideout using familiar toys and materials in the cage.
    • Allow your small pets to explore the new surroundings within the safety of their cage.
  3. Temperature TLC:

    • Use a temperature-controlled travel pouch for extra comfort during transport.
    • Monitor and adjust the new environment to ensure optimal comfort for your small pets.

With these unique ideas and detailed step-by-step transitions, your pets will not only survive but thrive in their new home with Collegian Movers. Our personalized approach ensures a stress-free move for every member of your family, furry or otherwise. Get ready for a paw-sitively smooth transition!

Professional Movers Do Not Take Pets on Their Moving Truck

Collegian Movers Moving Truck It is against federal regulations and prohibits moving companies from shipping animals in moving vans. If your pets and plants can't travel with you, ask your professional mover to help you safely transport them to your new home. Pets and plants travel best in your car.

For those who need extra assistance with navigating the moving process, it often helps to work with your move coordinator. This seasoned moving professional can help you overcome a myriad of moving day pitfalls.


Are you and your pet ready to move?

Are you and your pet ready to move? Use the above-mentioned moving tips; you and your pet should have no trouble completing a successful relocation. Get started today with a free moving estimate. If you require further moving tips please see our related posts below.

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