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How to Prepare for Moving with Pets

Moving is a pretty complicated process by itself, especially if you’re looking to move long-distance or overseas. Things become even more complicated when it comes to moving with pets, which of course you have to not only factor in their safety and stress levels, but also just getting them to your new home efficiently and securely.

Worrying about how to get your pet to adjust to your moving process and your new home will serve you in the long run, however, your care in their travel will ensure that they’ll be well taken care of and paid attention to throughout the entire process. Your care will make all of the difference in getting your pet through this transition with minimal stress, so try to channel it constructively.

So how do you prepare a pet for a move, and what’s the best way to move with pets? Whether moving locally, long-distance, or internationally, getting them adjusted to your moving process and your move is key to keeping them comfortable. In this guide, we’ll give you the tips you need to get them through this process as well as they can.

What to Consider When Moving with Pets

Before you tackle your actual move, you should always take into account where you’re headed, and how a transition like this will impact your pet – especially when going over long distances. Make sure that the area or home you’re moving to is pet-friendly, and that they’ll be comfortable there. After all, they’re members of the family too, and their happiness should be taken into account when choosing a new place to move to.

How to Find the Right Place for You and Your Pet

Moving with your pet in mind should be a top priority for you before you even start planning your move. While looking at new homes or apartments, make sure the place would be safe and a good environment for your pet. Even if you love the place, it still might not be right for your pet, so try to keep their best interests in mind.

Once you’ve decided where you’re headed, always plan out your route and how you’ll prepare your pet to move. When moving internationally or over long distances, you might have to make special travel preparations, like buying your pet a seat on a plane or making arrangements for chartered flights that will take you and your pet overseas without them having to stay under the plane.

Research Pet Rules

If you’re headed to a new state or overseas, always research the rules and regulations pertaining to pet ownership and the various new licenses, vaccines, or certificates your pet will need to enter and reside in your new area. This mostly applies to moving overseas, but it’s important for moving to new states, too. Before heading to a new place or country, take care of any paperwork, vaccines, or certifications for your pet well in advance to avoid any delays in your move. Prepare for any possible quarantines your pet might be required to undergo upon entry to your new country.

If you’re moving to an apartment complex or into a rental, one of your first questions for your landlord should be about the pet policy, and if they allow pets, what costs or regulations you’ll be subject to living in this place.

For moves of all types, try to ease your pet into your packing process as gradually as you can so that they don’t get too stressed out by a last-minute packing rush. Having a cohesive and gradual packing process with a schedule in place can help out with this prospect a lot, and will help out with your stress levels as well.

A week or two before your moving day, you’ll probably have a good amount of your nonessential items packed away and ready to go for moving day. By this time, your pet will have noticed the changes going on in your home, since it’s seen you packing up the things it finds familiar and moving everything around. This can understandably make your pet pretty stressed out or anxious, even if they’re normally pretty easygoing.

Unfortunately for pet owners, there’s no way for us to truly explain to our pets that we’re not leaving them behind and that you’re all just headed to a new home where they’ll still be just as happy and cared for as they are in your current one. They can probably sense the stress and chaos a lot of people feel while in the middle of the moving process so that probably doesn’t help the situation.

So how do pets react to moving, and what steps can you take to try and make them feel a little better about it all? As we all know, dogs, cats, and other pets alike are highly sensitive and territorial, and can easily sense their owner’s moods or stress levels. To be fully comfortable, they need to be comfortable with you, their environment, and their routine – so if they sense that their owners are under stress or anxious, they’ll pick up on that. Coupled with everything in their home moving around or disappearing, they’re almost guaranteed to become stressed, confused, or anxious as well.

How to Prepare Pets for Moving

Though your pets are found to be stressed or confused by the moving and transitional process you’re in the midst of, they’re very smart and together you both can provide support and comfort to one another as your items are moved. So what can you do to ease their minds during this process?

  • Keep a Routine
  • Get Them Used to Moving Supplies
  • Keep Them Entertained & Exercised
  • Plan for Moving Day

No matter where you and your pet are headed, having the right movers on your side to make your transition as smooth as possible will make a huge difference in your stress levels and organization. Looking for the best movers for your relocation? See what Bekins can do for you today!