3 Useful Tips For Moving With Pets
If you are getting ready to move either locally or interstate, you definitely have a lot of things on your plate right now. From finding the best moving solutions and strategy to figuring out how to pack and transport everything all at once, contemplating getting moving insurance and figuring out how to organize your new place – there are tons of decisions to make. And it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. Your focus might most likely be on paying as little as possible for good quality service, provided you will decide to hire professional movers.
But add small children or pets to the equation and you will definitely find yourself in a nightmarish story you wish would end sooner than later. Moving is as complicated and exhausting as it is for folks who do not own any pets. But think about having to deal with a furry, four-legged friend – or a couple – while moving. Since animals are not capable to perceive their surroundings as we humans do, they will have a hard time adjusting to the move and their new home.
Planning out your move while owning a bird, a dog, or a cat can help you make the entire adventure easier to bear for both you and your beloved pets. Here are a few of the most important tips to follow in this regard:
Tip #1: Buy Moving Gear For Your Pets
Look for moving cages that are available for small pets like dogs, cats, and birds. If your dog is a larger breed, you will need to keep them with you during the move. If you plan on flying to your new address, check out your options in terms of cargo services that can safely send your dog to the destination.
The majority of people prefer to drive across the country using rental cars or their own vehicle just so that they can transport their dog with them. Keep in mind it will take a lot of hours to get there, so you will have to pay a lot of attention to the rest stops along and see that your pet can safely get out of the vehicle. A smaller dog or a cat would best fit in moving cages that will keep them well protected when moving.
Go online and shop for these cages and other specific pet gear you might need for the relocation, or ask a professional mover to help you make the best choice.
Tip #2: Prepare An Overnight Kit
Make sure you prepare an overnight kit for your pets that you can easily gain access to during the relocation. The kit should include food, a kitty litter if you won a cat, toys and a few grooming tools make sure your pet is well sustained and comfortable during the dreaded unpacking.
Keep in mind fish tend to have very strong responses to stressful situations. And a move can definitely be labeled as traumatizing, and sometimes fatal. You can use water-filled bags for short distance moves, just make sure you take the water from their water tank. You can also visit an aquarium store and see what other supplies you could get for the move. If you are getting ready to travel interstate, you might want to find a new home for them with someone you trust, and simply buy new fish after you unpack.
Tip #3: Contact Your Veterinarian
Make sure your vet knows you are about to move to a new city or a different state. Grab your pets’ records with you, as well as any medications they might have been prescribed. Ask them to recommend another vet in the city where you will be moving.
It is also imperative to keep your pets away from all the moving action and understand they will most likely become very agitated during the move. Dog and cats are territorial animals who do not appreciate being taken from one from place to place. Remember to give them enough space to settle in and take them out for brief walks to get acquainted with their new surroundings.
For the rest of the stressful details of your long distance or local move, feel free to get in touch with the First Class Moving and Storage team and let us provide you with a free estimate today!