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6 Tips for Moving with Pets

The act of moving can be stressful enough without worrying about the well-being of your pets in the process. However, with the proper preparation and planning, you can make moving with pets a positive experience for everyone involved. Whether you have a small fish tank or an indoor cat, here are some tips to remember when moving with pets.

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1. Visit a Vet Before the Move

Obtaining copies of your pet's medical records should be the first tip you implement before moving your pet. Double-check that you are up-to-date on all your pet’s immunizations and vaccines. If your pet is not accustomed to traveling, it might be a good idea to consult your veterinarian about sedation or other calming alternatives for your pet. Your vet can advise you on the best sedation and what to carry. Pets that are overly stressed may act strangely by biting or fleeing when they ordinarily wouldn't.

2. Estimate the Time You'll Need to Move Your Pet

When you're planning the move, keep your pet's needs in mind. One thing you shouldn't forget to do is bring your pet to the new residence before the move. It allows them to see and smell their new surroundings. Just set aside some time and take a stroll in the new community with them. 

3. Pack the Right Supplies To Keep On-Hand

Confirm you have a variety of toys and treats on hand to keep your pets happy while moving. It helps prevent anxiety or destruction during the process. Make sure that you keep their food handy so you won’t have to stress about finding it in all the packed boxes. If you are moving with a cat, don’t forget about their litter box in the essential packing too. 

pack the right supplies when moving with pets

4. Drop Off Familiar Items Before the Move-In 

Bring your pet to your new house before the move-in, even if you’re only there to drop stuff off. It allows your pet to gradually explore and acclimate to their new surroundings before moving in full-time. Leave a few of their toys, favorite blanket, or even some of your clothing in the new location so your pet will always have a familiar smell when they come.

5. Train Your Pet to Stay in a Crate 

Knowing the best way to transport your pets is essential. You'll need to start using a crate for 15-minute intervals a few weeks before. This way, the pet will get used to the crate, keeping them safe and comfortable during the move. If you're driving with a large dog and don't want to use a crate, you can put them in the backseat of your car and secure them with a seat belt.  

While many people move with their cats, it's important to make sure you are keeping your feline’s safety in mind. . If you're planning to put your cat in a crate, make sure it's large enough for them to stand up, turn around, and move around. 

Alternatively, if you're moving with aquariums or have multiple pets that need careful transit, it's worth hiring a professional pet moving service. They'll provide specialized carriers and knowledge on how to best transport your pets safely. 

6. Maintain Their Regular Routine 

One of the best ways to keep your pets calm while moving is to keep them on their regular schedules. If you feed your dog or cat twice a day, keep the same program during the move. If you have fish that needs feeding, try to keep a schedule for this as well. You'll likely want to keep them in the same tank and make any adjustments to the filter and water levels before moving day. Even if you get caught up in unpacking and arranging your new home, keeping your pets in their routine after the move is essential. This way, they'll feel welcome and stabilize quickly. 


The better you plan, the easier moving with pets will be. And if you feel you have many things you wouldn't want to let go of, you can rent a self-storage facility with Blue Mountain Self Storage. Our facilities come in many sizes and unit types. The spaces come with the best technology that allows you to monitor your belongings from anywhere using an app. You can find us in Parker and Loveland, CO, or contact us to know more about our services. 

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