Your pets are part of the family, which means they go wherever you go. If you’re planning a move, you’ll want your pets to come along with you to your new property. Of course, this means you’ll need to figure out what to do with them during your move. While they are great companions, chances are they’ll get in the way while loading up your truck and hauling boxes out of the house. You also won’t want to worry about your pets running out of the house with doors open and people coming and going. To help make things easier, here are our top five tips for moving with pets.
1. Find Someone to Watch Them
On moving day, it will help to find someone who can watch your pet. If you have a cat you might be able to leave them in a single room that won’t be opened, but if you have dogs you’ll want to have someone watch them. Maybe you have a friend that doesn’t mind watching them for the afternoon. Even if you don’t have someone available, you can look into a kennel service or a dog daycare. Not having to constantly worry about where your dog is will make the moving day far less stressful.
2. Keep Them Occupied
If you do have to keep pets inside the house, you’ll want to occupy their attention. All of the moving and noise can be pretty exciting for a pet, which might cause them to jump or run around more than normal. They might also try to chew up objects out of stress. To help with this, you’ll want to keep them occupied. Give them plenty of toys and, if possible, take them on a long walk to burn off excess energy before loading up the van in the morning. If you have young children, this is a perfect job for them. You can keep both your kids and your pets occupied at the same time with a walk.
3. Bring Toys
During the move, you’ll want to bring some familiar toys. Sitting in the back of your car or being with you throughout the move can be stressful for your pet, so giving them something familiar will be comforting. It may also help to give them something with your scents on it, such as a t-shirt or socks.
4. Make Them Comfortable
Give your pet a new pet bed for their seat and try to give them as much space as possible. And if you’re driving a long distance, make sure to stop every few hours to let them stretch their legs.
5. Talk to Your Vet
When moving with pets, your pet might get sick during long car rides or suffer from anxiety. Talk to your vet about this; they may offer some specific suggestions for your pet.
Make Your Move Easier
Moving is as exciting as it is stressful. You’re starting a new chapter of your life in the new destination, which means you will have a lot on your plate. Taking advantage of offered help can make your move that much easier. That is exactly what our staff here at Winter Moving & Storage is here to do. We want to lend a helping hand, whether that means loading up your moving truck, helping pack boxes or driving the truck to your final destination, we can help in many ways. To see exactly how we can lend a hand, all you need to do is give us a call. Our staff here at Winter Moving & Storage is here to help with tips on Moving Pets.