In their six years or so, my cats have moved at least four times, all while the snow was flying. According to the US Census Bureau, most movers save themselves a little trouble by moving in the spring and summer. But whenever the move happens, the change can be stressful for pets.
Moving company websites are a great source of advice if you’re planning to box up your belongings. Here are some tips:
• Visit the veterinarian before you go, and be sure to collect copies of your pet’s medical records. To find a veterinarian in your new neighborhood, visit the ASPCA Pet Health Insurance Veterinary Locator. With ASPCA Pet Health Insurance, you can visit any licensed veterinarian in the US or Canada.
• Take pictures of your pet, or consider getting him or her microchipped, in case you become separated during the move.
• Keep your pet in one cleared-out room of your old home while you’re moving your things, and identify one room of your new home to be a temporary sanctuary for your pet. Keep your pet supplies handy, and plan on moving them only after everything else is packed.
• Bring water from home to help ease the adjustment. Bring along enough to last several days. Be sure to take along extra food, too, in case you can’t find a store that carries your pet’s usual brand in your new neighborhood.
• Don’t pack the pet carrier–put it to use. Keep your pet in a carrier as you travel.
Because they’re stressed, your pets might initially behave poorly in their new surroundings. Give them time, and console them with plenty of attention and some of their favorite, familiar toys. They’ll be glad that though their surroundings have changed, their family has not.