Moving into a new home is always a stressful time. You have to worry about packing up your belongings, setting up your new home, and making sure you don’t forget anything important. But one thing that often gets overlooked is what to do with your pets during the move. Pets can be just as stressed out as their owners during a move, and it’s important to make sure they are taken care of properly. Here are some need-to-know tips for moving with pets!
An incredible 70% of Americans own at least one pet, which equates to more than 90 million families. With people moving several times during their lifetime too, that’s a lot of pets who need to move home with them. There is always so much to organize when it comes to moving home, from booking small movers to making sure you have internet connection soon after you get to your new place. Although pets are valued members of the family, they are often an afterthought during the busy build up to a move.
So what exactly should you do with your pets while you move home? And what are all the things you need to think about when it comes to settling your pets into their new home?
Bring Them With You
Whether or not you can bring your pets with you in your car on moving day depends on the type of pet you have and how far you’re moving. But if you do have the time and resources, it’s best to bring your pets with you when you move. This way, they can get used to their new home gradually at the same time as you, and they won’t be as stressed out.
Dogs will probably be used to traveling in the car with you sometimes, so the journey to the new house won’t be an issue for most dogs and their owners. Smaller pets such as mice shouldn’t be too bothered by the journey either, as long as their cages are kept secure. However, if you have a middle-sized pet such as a rabbit, it’s best to get them used to their carrier well in advance of the move.
Plan Where They Will Be Kept During The Move-In Process
If you have transported your pets with you, you’ll need to think where in your new home they can wait while all your boxes and furniture are moved in. The last thing you want is for your cat to escape out an open door or for your dog to run off and explore the neighborhood without a leash!
Your best bet is to keep them in one room with everything they need, such as food, water, toys, and bedding. This room should ideally be away from all the commotion of the move, so your pets can relax in peace. Once everything has been moved into your new home, you can then let them explore their new surroundings at their own pace.
Hire A Pet Sitter
If you’re moving a long distance or simply can’t bring your pets with you on moving day, you may need to hire a pet sitter. This is someone who will come to your home or take your pets to their home, and take care of your pets while you’re moving. They will make sure they are fed and watered, take them for walks, and generally keep an eye on them.
Hiring a pet sitter is a great option if you’re moving a long distance and can’t take your pets with you immediately. It’s also a good option if you’re worried about your pets being around all the commotion on moving day. Of course, you will need to make a plan of how you will get your pets to you once you have moved in.
Board Them At A Kennel Or Cattery
If you’re really struggling to find someone to look after your pets, or you’re moving a very long distance, you may need to board them at a kennel or cattery. This is where your pets will stay while you move and until you’re settled into your new home.
Boarding your pets can be quite expensive, so it’s not an option for everyone. It’s also something that should only be considered as a last resort, as it can be quite stressful for your pets. If you do decide to board them, make sure you visit the kennel or cattery in advance to see if it’s suitable for your pet.
Check The Rules In Your New Home
You also need to think about whether or not your pets are allowed in the new home. If you’re moving into a rental property, make sure to check the tenancy agreement to see if there are any restrictions on pets. Some landlords don’t allow animals in their properties, so it’s important to check before you move in.
You should also check if there are any breed or size restrictions in your new neighborhood. Some homeowners associations have rules about what kind of pets you can have, so it’s worth doing some research before you move.
Settling Your Pets Into Their New Home
Once you’ve moved into your new home, there are a few things you need to do to help your pets settle in. First of all, give them plenty of time to explore their new surroundings. If you have a dog, take them for walks around the neighborhood so they can get used to the area.
It’s also important to create a routine for your pets in their new home. This means feeding them and walking them at the same time each day. This will help them to feel settled and secure in their new environment.
Finally, make sure you spend plenty of quality time with your pets. They’ll need a lot of love and attention to help them adjust to their new home.