When you move, you have to make some special considerations for the furriest members of your family. Not only will you have to look for a house and a community that makes for a good fit for your pets, you’ll also have to prepare them for the trip to your new home.
Here are some ways that you can make the moving process easier on your pets.
While you may know about your move, everything can be a bit of a shock to your pets. Cats in particular respond poorly to change, sometimes showing you their displeasure by forgetting where the litter box is located.
Ease your pets into the moving process by introducing things like moving boxes early on in the process. On the actual moving day, keep your pets relaxed by having them stay with a friend or a relative or closing them off in a quiet part of the house with some food, water, and toys. Also make sure to let your movers know about your pets so that they don’t accidentally let them out or scare them.
Depending on where you’re moving, you and your pets may be in for a long trip. If they aren’t used to cars or crates, you may want to expose them to both, since they could spend a lot of time with both options on moving day.
For road trips, make sure to plan ahead and keep some food, water, and bags to pick up after them when you’re at a rest stop. If you’ll be staying in a hotel, make sure it accepts pets as guests. If you’ll be flying, you’ll need to do some additional research to keep your pet safe and happy. Read these tips from the Humane Society to see what you should do to prepare your pets for flight.
Before you move, you’ll want to schedule an appointment with your vet and have your pet checked out. With the move, you may not have a good opportunity to go to the vet for a few months, so check in to see if your pet is due for any shots in the near future.
You’ll also want to tell your vet that you are moving. If you’re moving far enough away that you need to switch vets, ask yours if they know of anyone that they would suggest that’s close to your new home. You should also get copies of vet records and vaccination certificates to have on file.
Moving can be an unnerving time for pets, so make sure to keep them relaxed. A good way to do this is to spoil them throughout the process. Keep extra treats on hand while packing or travelling and have anything you might need ready.
With all of the activity during the moving process, your pets might feel neglected, so make sure to take some time and make them feel like the king or queen of the house.
Your pets are a part of your family, so you want to make the moving process as smooth as possible for them. By hiring a professional moving service like Andrews, you can trust that your move is being handled by an experienced company that will ensure that your belongings stay safe and sound, giving you more time to focus on taking care of your furry friends.
Give us a call today at 888-671-8299 or contact Andrews online if you need professional moving services in Columbus and Cleveland.