Moving can be an extremely stressful experience – especially if you have cats or dogs. Luckily, Daymakers Moving & Storage can take care of it all – ensuring you a stress-free experience. We understand that your pets are your children, so we wanted to put together a blog of 6 tips for moving with pets, specifically a guide for cats and dogs.
Let them get acclimated to moving supplies
We understand that when you’re packing up your home, you may not want your cat or dog in the way. However, getting them used to the supplies will make them feel less stressed when they start noticing the differences. Leave some boxes out, let the cats jump in them (as they love to do), and allow the dogs to sniff them, and get used to them being around.
Try not to change up routines
Adding packing and cleaning to your daily routine is a given when you’re getting ready to move. However, the less you change your routine, the better. Adding moving chores to your day isn’t too much for your pets – just make sure you don’t change THEIR routine up. Continue to make time to feed them at their normal time, take the dogs out, etc. This will prevent stress and confusion.
Give the vet a heads up
As you’re changing over your credit card information to your new address, forwarding your mail, and alerting your friends and family, make sure you also let your vet know about the location change. You want to make sure they accurately transfer your pets’ records over to the new vet you choose in your new area.
Take your pets for rides in the car
If you have a dog and you’re used to bringing him/her with you everywhere, chances are, he’s already used to the car and gets excited about it. If not, it’s important to start getting your dog or cat adjusted to the car to get ready for your journey to your new home. Take your pet to go grab a coffee or just take a 15-minute scenic drive. The more you can prepare them, the better your drive will be on moving day.
When it comes time for moving day…
Please make sure you have plans for your pets ahead of time. If you can’t put them in a daycare or with a friend or family member, find a safe space to keep your pet while the movers are in and out of your home. If they are going to be secluded in an empty room, get a water bowl, toys, and a litter box, and be sure to write a note to put on the door that tells everyone in your home not to open it. The safest you can be the better. Our recommendation is to find a sitter for the day so that stress isn’t on you.
Ready to move?
Now that you have great tips to keep your animal stress-free and safe, it’s time to reach out for your FREE quote! Daymakers Moving & Storage understand the importance of your pets and we successfully do our jobs around their needs. We’re excited to get to know you and start your journey to your new home!