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Dec 06 2016

How to Move with a Cat or Dog

Moving makes us anxious, but it is even more stressful for our furry family members. Dogs and cats are easily stressed out when there’s unexpected activity in the home or when they’re placed in a new environment. No matter what kind of pet you’re moving, it isn’t going to be easy. However, we have some tips to make the experience a little less nerve-wracking for our animal friends.

Make a kit

Prepare an easy-to-access overnight kit with enough food, litter, toys and grooming tools for your pet to be comfortable and calm during the first few days of unpacking.

Talk to the vet

If you’re leaving the area, inform your vet so you can take records and prescription medications with you. Also ask your vet if they recommend another in the new neighborhood.

Keep the pet in a quiet space

To make sure your pet is not stressed out, keep them in the quietest area possible. You can leave them with a friend or at a kennel for the day, but if you’d rather not at least remove them from the noise and action. Put them in a quiet room on another floor with a closed door or inside their carrier or kennel. Check in on them regularly and make sure to feed, walk and play with them like you normally do.

Use your own vehicle

Cats and small dogs should be put in a carrier in the back seat and then secured with a seatbelt. Bigger dogs can be moved in a kennel in the back of the car, though you might need to put the seats down. Sometimes animals feel more comfortable if you put a blanket over the carrier so they can’t see the changing environment.

Let them adjust

If your pet escapes before adjusting to the new neighborhood, they can easily get lost. Keep them inside for a while so they can adjust. More and more people are keeping cats indoors for safety reasons, so moving is a good opportunity to get them used to only being inside.

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