Tips for Moving with Pets
Moving? Sadly many pets get lost during a move. Here's our tips to ensure your pets stay sane and safe during the process!
Feliway plugins - Clinics use these especially in recovery areas to keep cats calm; Shelters also use them in the cattery areas. I have used them ever since learning this and they really do work - you'll need more than one, and make sure you get a refill pak too. Monitor them like you would any plug in - don't let the canister get empty.
I plug them in when packing starts as that tends to freak everyone out (including me), and also plug them in immediately at the new location.
If you haven't replaced those litter pans in a long time, moving is the time to do so. Just buy new pans for the new location - have them delivered there along with litter to make it really easy and on the last day at the old place, just throw those old pans (and the litter) away!
Your pet's medical and microchip files. Once you move you'll want to make calls to both within 24 hours.
New tags with the new address and phone number ready to put on collars upon arrival.
The location and phone number of the nearest pet emergency clinic.
Read up on our article to ensure a new arrival doesn't bolt or get lost - it definitely applies to your pets being in a new and unfamiliar location and yard.
Book your pet sitter to help you get difficult cats into carriers or kennels; you can also ask your Veterinarian if one of their Vet Techs can make a house call to help.
Leashes at the ready. Harnesses too - now is not the time for your dog to "collar slip".
Use laundry baskets to load in their toys and blankets and bowls, so when you get to the new location they immediately have familiar things that smell like them and their home versus trying to find it over the next weeks in the pile of boxes.
At the new house, check for the fence line for loose boards; don't let dogs out unattended at all for the first few days.
Setup a catio ahead of time that is fully enclosed if possible, and turn those outdoor cats into healtheir safter indoor cats that can still enjoy the outdoor perks with none of the disease and predator (2 and 4 legged) issues.
If its long distance, rent an RV! Flying them in the belly of a plane with the luggage results in thousands of lost and dead pets every year who suffocate when the pilot forgets to turn on the air supply down there. Plus its scary, noisy, and dark! My Uncle who worked for the FAA for 30 years refused to every fly his pets and advised us all to never do so either - what does that tell you?! We rented an RV to move ours across the country. It worked out great.
You could also rent an air conditioned van (like the kind mobile vets use, not a moving van) and put x large dog kennels in it for the cats. Use double sided tape to keep the litter pans and water bowls and food bowls from moving. Use very deep bowls but don't fill them completely to also help avoid spillage. When you stop for the night, you can just carry the whole kennel into the pet friendly hotel room and not have to try to fight the cats into carriers again. This also helps ensure they do not bolt and get lost in a strange place. To avoid confusion we mean this kind of kennel, not a dog crate: https://www.chewy.com/frisco-xx-large-heavy-duty-double/dp/125054