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You Ask, We Answer: What Is the Best Way to Move with Pets?
Prepare a pet overnight kit
Inform your vet of your impending move
Don’t be afraid to ask your vet about any possible behavioral changes you can expect to see in your pet as they acclimate to their new home, and seek their best advice to help combat these behaviors. Knowing what is “normal” in a new space and what to do about it will help you and your beloved pet feel more in control.
In addition to notifying your vet, be sure to update any microchip or license information, as well—always a good idea to help keep your pet safe and easier to bring back to you, should they get ever lost.
Find a babysitter for moving day
Before bringing your pets back to your new home, try to unpack as much as possible. This will help cut down on the disruption your pet feels. Setting up your cat’s favorite perch or your dog’s bed that smells like them (and your old home) can bring a sense of comfort to your pet in their new surroundings.
If you can’t find a babysitter for your pet, close them in a quiet room and don’t allow movers in that room to prevent your pet from escaping. Make sure the room is a safe temperature and that your pet has access to clean water. If your dog is crate trained, put them in the crate within the quiet room to create a den-like cozy space for them. Try to take dogs out for walks at their normal times to inject a little routine into their day to help alleviate their stress (and yours, too!).
Give your pet a preview
And don’t forget the fish, birds and guinea pigs
Moving is a big deal for everyone in your family, and your pets are no exception. But with a little preparation, a sense of humor and a lot of patience, your pets will love your new Connecticut home as much as you do!