Advice for Packing and Moving with Pets
Pets are like family to many of us. So when it comes time to move to a new home, there’s no question about whether they’re coming too. Pets don’t like disruptions to their routines – furthermore, when moving, they don’t understand what’s happening and don’t have any control over the situation.
So what’s the best way to get Fido or Fluffy from Point A to Point B without freaking out or frightening them? Here are some tips to help you pack and move your pets with ease.
- If you have a close friend or relative you trust, ask him or her to watch your pets in the days or weeks leading up to the move. This way, you can pack without your pets getting underfoot – or getting anxious about the growing pile of boxes in your home.
- If you keep your pets at home while packing, try not to alter their routines too much. Feed, walk, and play with them at the normal times. Altering routines can stress your pets out for no reason.
- It’s important to get your pets used to their crates or carriers before you attempt to move them from one home to another – especially if you’re moving across country. After all, whether you’re transporting them via car or plane, they’ll need to stay in their carriers nearly the entire trip. So while you pack, place them in their carriers. The carrier should be treated like a place of refuge for your pets.
- Make all of your travel arrangements in advance. If you’re driving, book pet-friendly hotels along your route. If you’re flying, look at the options for pet travel. Remember, placing your pets in a rental truck is not an option. However, there are specialty companies that will transport your pets across country for you if you don’t like any other options available to you.
- If you’re driving to your new home, figure in time for frequent potty and watering breaks for your pets along the way (especially if you have dogs). Don’t be surprised if your pets don’t want to eat. Often a disruption to routine can be the cause. However, it’s important to keep placing water in front of your pets or provide them with a water bottle dispenser in their crate so they don’t become dehydrated.
- Talk in soothing tones. Remember that your pets don’t understand what’s happening – but they can sense when you’re feeling stressed. Speaking in a calming voice will go a long way toward giving them peace.
Packing and moving with pets doesn’t have to be difficult. For more tips on traveling with pets, consult with your local humane society or veterinarian.