How To Prepare for Moving with Your Pet

movingMoving, whether across town or across the world, can be a very exciting time.  And, bring much stress to you and your pets.  All of the commotion and disruption of regular routines can cause a lot of anxiety.  Any change is especially difficult for cats.  Here are some tips to help you best prepare for your move.

Choosing a New Home:

Is the neighborhood one that is “dog walking friendly?”  Are there sidewalks or quiet streets?   If your dog is still young or a senior, with frequent potty break needs, a single level residence may be your best option.  And, one with a fenced yard could be desirable.   Are there windows for your cats to sit in?  Space for indoor cat “trees?”  If moving into an apartment community, make sure your pets are permitted (type, weight, number, etc.).

Before You Move:

Check with the City Clerk’s office in your new town to find out about local ordinances, leash laws and licensing.  If you have exotic pets, they may be subject to residential zoning laws.

Make sure your pets are fitted with ID tags on their collars showing your current contact information.  Microchipping is also recommended.   Keep a photo of your pets with you, in case they are lost.

If your pet will need any medications within the first several weeks of the move, and/or need motion sickness meds, pick these up from your veterinarian.  While there, also get a copy of your pets’  health records to provide to your new vet.


Try to bring-in packing materials several weeks ahead of your move date (your cats will love exploring the boxes and paper!).  On moving day, with all the noise and strangers in their home, pets can become frightened and try to escape.  So keep your pets secure, in a quiet room (one that will be packed last) or a crate.  Or, ask a nearby friend to take them, that day.

Pack all the familiar and necessary things your pet will need: food, water, medications, bed, litter box, toys, etc. into a box that will be easily-accessible, upon arrival.

moving Planning Your Trip:

If your pets will be crated (recommended for cats, smaller dogs and other  small animals), they may not be as well-acquainted with being confined and  traveling.  To help reduce this additional moving day stress, you can  prepare your pets by gradually acclimating them to their crates. Begin by  putting their food inside their open crate.  Once they’re comfortable with t  this, have them eat their meals in the crate with the door shut. Try carrying  your pets around the house in the crate or taking a short drive.  Follow this  with treats and playtime to reinforce a positive crate experience.

For long distance moves, make sure to check out pet friendly hotels along your route.  Here are some helpful sites: Pet Friendly Hotels  and BringFido.

If you think you can use some help with moving your pets, you might contact PetRelocation


When you arrive at your new home, find the box of pet supplies that you packed with their essentials and immediately unpack it in one room of your home.  Then, secure your pets in this room and allow them to adjust to this one space. When they seem comfortable, gradually introduce them to other rooms in the house, while keeping some doors shut. You can slowly move your cat’s litter box to a different room, too.

Once you’re settled-in to your new home, your pet doesn’t have to worry about traveling, again.  Our pet sitters come to your home to care for your animals in their own, cozy environment.  We’ll be delighted to welcome you as new clients!


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