Sydney Brodie
May 15, 2024
Article type:
Moving Help & Tips
Applies to:
All Moving

Planning a Move with Pets? Our Guide to a Stress-Free Transition

Moving to a new home brings a lot of change for every member of your family—including your four-legged friends. Transitioning into a new home can be very stressful and confusing for your pets, so it’s important to take a few precautions when you’re moving with them.  

In this blog post, we'll share some practical tips to make before, during, and after the move easier on you and your pets.

Before the Move With Pets  

There’s no way to guarantee that your pets will be completely stress free during your move. However, there’s plenty of things you can do to make the process easier on them and that starts before the movers even arrive. Here are a few ways to prepare your pets properly for a move:  

1. Familiarize Them with Moving Supplies  

Start by introducing your pet to the moving supplies. Boxes, packing tape, and moving crates can be unfamiliar and intimidating to pets. By allowing them time to sniff and explore these items, you can help reduce their anxiety. Additionally, consider placing their favorite toys or blankets inside the boxes or crates to create a positive association.

2. Keep a Routine  

Maintaining a consistent routine is crucial for pets during the upheaval of a move. Try to keep their feeding, walking, and playtimes as regular as possible. This consistency provides a sense of normalcy and security amidst the chaos of packing and moving preparations.

3. Visit the Vet  

If your pet struggles with serious anxiety, it may be a good idea to seek some help from your veterinarian. Vets can offer more specialized advice for your pet and may even prescribe sedatives or anti-anxiety medications that will make your pets more comfortable throughout your move.  

During the Move  

This can be the most stressful part of the moving process for pets so it’s important to make them as comfortable as possible. If you don’t take the time to properly move your pets, they could start exhibiting some unhealthy behaviors like not eating, hiding, fear-based aggression and more.  

Here are a few tips to keep pets less stressed during your move and avoid these behaviors:

1. Keep Your Pet Secure  

Keep your pets in a quiet, closed room on moving day to prevent them from escaping or getting injured amid the commotion. If you’re in a smaller space without this luxury, consider leaving pets with a friend or at a daycare service for the day.  

2. Travel Safely  

When you transport your pets, use a secure, comfortable carrier for your pet during the journey to your new home. If you’re traveling a long distance by car, take frequent breaks for potty time and stretching.

3. Comfort Them  

Place familiar items like toys, bedding, or a piece of your clothing in their carrier to provide comfort and a sense of security.

After the Move  

Pets are highly adaptable creatures, and with your love, patience, and support, they will soon embrace their new home as enthusiastically as you do. Here are a few ways to help this process along:  

1. Set Up a Dedicated Space  

Establish a cozy corner in your new home with your pet's bed, toys, and other familiar items to create a safe haven for them.

2. Explore Together  

Introduce your pet to the new house gradually, one room at a time. Accompany them during the initial exploration to provide reassurance.

3. Stick to Routines  

Maintain your pet's usual feeding, walking, and playtime schedule to help them adjust to the new surroundings more quickly.

4. Give Extra Love  

Spend quality time with your pet. Offer plenty of attention, cuddles, and playtime to help them feel secure and loved in their new home.

5. Watch for Signs of Stress  

Monitor your pet for signs of anxiety or stress, such as excessive vocalization, loss of appetite, or destructive behavior. If problems persist, consult with your veterinarian.

Learn More About How to Move with Pets and Other Helpful Tips  

By following these tips and being attentive to your pet's needs, you can help ensure a smooth transition for your furry friends during this exciting new chapter in your lives together.

Helping your pets adjust is just one step of the long and complicated moving process. Check out the rest of our blog for more helpful moving tips and expert advice. This article on helping kids adjust to a move is a great place to get started.