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Moving with your furry family members: Tips for a pet-friendly move

Moving is considered one of the top 5 stressors in a person’s life. But what about our furry or feathered family members? Behind the chaos of boxes, tape, and moving trucks we may not realize how stressed our pets feel. Not to worry, Atlanta Peach Movers is here to make the process as stress-free as possible for both you and your pet. We have some tips on the ways to make the transition as safe and easy as possible for our pets. 

Get your pet used to the packing supplies 

Lots of pets love playing with packing supplies. Who wouldn’t love the feeling of popping bubble wrap beneath their paws? But in some cases, some pets may not be a big fan of change. To help them adjust, start by bringing in the boxes early and keep your furry friends in a familiar room that you plan to pack up last. 

By doing this, you’ll help your pet adjust to the changes that are coming, and as a bonus you’ll be glad you gave yourself the extra time before moving day arrives!  

ID tags and local pet laws 

Before the big move, make sure your pet’s ID tags have your new address and contact information. Also, be sure to update the information associated with their microchip online. 

Research beforehand the leash and pet laws in your new city. If you are moving to an apartment it’s important to know the pet requirements for your lease. You don’t want to be caught off guard before you arrive!  

Keeping up with their routine 

Our pets are creatures of habit. In the days and weeks before moving, it’s important to keep up with your pet’s schedule. It may be tempting to skip some everyday routines with your pets to get the packing done. But it’s okay to put down the packing tape and spend time with your furry friend. Make sure you keep up with the following to ensure they stay calm and happy during the moving process: 

  • Feeding them meals at their usual times
  • Not skipping their walks or playtime 
  • Giving them the same amount of love and attention 

Visit the vet 

If your move means you’ll need a new veterinarian, be sure to check in with your current vet to make sure your pet is up to date on vaccines and medication, and get a copy of their health records to give to the new vet. If you haven’t picked out a new vet in your new community you can also ask them for a recommendation on where to go. 

Vets know a lot about helping pets in stressful situations so they are also an excellent resource for tips on reducing your pet’s anxiety. 

Arrange a safe space on moving day 

On moving day, keep your pets in a quiet room with the door shut, or even at a friend’s house. This will help make sure your cat or dog won’t get scared and try to run away while the movers are constantly going in and out to pack the truck. 

Planning your trip

According to the ASPCA, many pets have not spent much time in their crate or even the car! Make sure in the weeks or months leading up to the big drive to gradually acclimate them to their crate or carrier. You can help develop a positive association with the crate by providing treats and playtime at the end of crate time. 

If you are driving long distances, make sure to factor in some breaks during travel. This gives Fido a chance to stretch their legs, have water, and use the bathroom. 

Pack an essentials kit 

Have all of your pet’s necessities packed and on hand. Everything from water bowls, toys, blankets, food, treats, kitty litter, and maybe even a phone number of an emergency vet. Keep it with you so you won’t have to search through all your boxes to find it. Don’t forget to keep some paper towels and floor cleaner on hand… just in case. 

Pet-proof the new home

Before introducing your pet to your new home, make sure you double-check a few things: 

  • All doors and windows are secure and screens don’t have any holes
  • There are no ways your pet can escape from your yard 
  • All unsafe materials are out of reach 
  • Plug up any nooks where your pet could get stuck 
  • Tuck away any electrical cords 
  • Check the backyard for any poisonous plants 

Time to settle in

After the end of your long journey, you may be tempted to set your dog or cat loose in your new place to explore. Sometimes a new and unfamiliar place may be overwhelming so start by allowing them to adjust to one room that has all their toys, treats, and water. As they get more comfortable, gradually introduce them to other rooms of the house. For cats, you can relocate their litter box from the initial room to a more permanent location slowly over time (try moving it one foot forward each day). 

Don’t forget to give them lots of attention! This is the time to spoil them with all the cuddles and love they deserve. Make positive associations with your new space with treat games and other fun mind games to keep them busy and relaxed. With patience, your furry friend will be the king or queen of the new home in no time and your family can begin to enjoy this next chapter in your lives. 

Contact us today to discuss your specific needs and let us help you deal with the logistics while you focus on your furry friend and settle into your new home. Together, we’ll make this move a positive experience for everyone (including your four-legged family members)!

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Atlanta Peach Movers: 770.447.5121

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