5 Tips for Moving with Your Cat or Dog

If you’re moving with furry pets, you might be a little anxious about relocating them. They’re probably a little anxious too! After all, with children at least you can explain what’s happening and answer their questions. That’s probably not an option with your dog.

So, what can you do to make your move comfortable and stress-free for your pet… and for you? We’ve got a few tips you can try to keep your little guys happy.


A lot of our tips are for pets that are unusually nervous or sensitive—you’ll know if your pet needs that kind of attention. But here are a couple of tasks you should take care of for any pets whenever you move.

1.Medicine and Records

Chances are your move will mean you’ll be visiting a new vet. Before you move, make sure to get a copy of his medical records, especially immunization shots, from your old vet.

While you’re there, it’s a great time to take care of one last checkup before you get caught up in your move. This is also a good time to refill any prescriptions.

2. Microchip Registration

It’s very common these days for pets to have embedded microchips that make them easy to track or identify if they get lost. Take some time to update your address and contact information with your microchip service when you move to a new home.

This is cute, but it's not the right way to move a pet.
This is cute, but it’s not the right way to move a pet.


Those are the essentials. But if your pet needs some extra attention—for example, if she’s a rescue who might have some anxiety about changes—here are some tips that will help you keep your friend calm during the big event.

1. Stick to Routine

It can help a lot to keep up any routines you have with your pet, it can be very comforting when everything else is changing.

Two things can easily get in the way of this: First, you’ll be very busy with moving, so you’ll have to make sure you keep your schedule clear for the usual afternoon walk or play time. Second, you might be tempted to go a little overboard in making your pet feel better about the move, doing things like giving them unusual treats or privileges. Try to resist, as this is just one more thing that can make your pet feel overwhelmed by change.

2. Out of the Way, But Not Out of Sight

A rambunctious pet can be a distraction when you’re getting busy with the actual packing and shifting of boxes and furniture. You won’t want them underfoot.

But you don’t want to lock them away either. Keep your pet out of the way but let them keep an eye on you—for example, by using a safety gate to keep them in an already-emptied room. They can see what’s happening without feeling shut out, and you can take a break from moving every so often to check in and give them a rub. This also works for moving into your new home.

3. Save the Best for Last

As the house gets emptier, your pet may get more concerned. Leave them something to hold onto: Keep your pet’s toys and food bowls in place right until you leave, and then set them up as soon as you reach your new home.

It may take some time for things to get back to normal, but this way at least some things will stay the same.


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