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July 24, 2023

A Guide for Moving with Furry Family Members

By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 

Moving together with domestic pets is significantly different than moving without them. You need to ensure that they are happy and protected, as well as ensuring you're still able to do all the things you must do for your move. Read on to learn how to move with your furry members of the family.

Getting ready for your move

The first step is to obtain their medical records. This really should not be hard because most vets will merely transfer their records electronically.

It is also necessary to replenish any medications that they take and bring the medications along on the trip with them!

If you're driving across the country or maybe even a fairly short distance, it can help to bring some type of bedding for your pet such as blankets or towels that can work as makeshift beds in the car. They will feel more comfortable sleeping on something soft as opposed to sitting on plastic or metal in the carrier or kennel for a prolonged period.

Packing the necessities

You can't move along with your household pets without packing the basics, including from their food to their favorite toy. The best thing you can do is pack this stuff in a box by themselves to make sure they are effortless to find when you want them. When it comes to food, put enough for at least two weeks for each pet into a container or box that's got an airtight seal on it.

Next, be sure that your furry friends always have toys and treats accessible. It's also advisable to include all medications and also grooming supplies for any special needs your pet could have. And don't forget about leashes, collars, as well as other safety equipment!

Selecting the best style of carrier

While moving with your pets, you need to ensure you can get them from one residence to the other safely. Among the best ways to do this is by making use of a carrier. There are many different kinds of carriers out there, so you'll have to take some time and energy to decide which sort is the best for your pet.

Whatever sort of carrier you choose, make sure it is big enough for your family pet; or else, they might be cramped throughout their journey!

Guaranteeing safety and comfort

Household pets may sense worry as well as stress and they also recognize when things are changing, regardless if they can't explain to you. As a consequence they're apt to try and bolt outside if a door is open. They might be likely to nip at folks - both familiar and guests - or perhaps to hide in new places.

It's a wise decision to supply a safe spot for your family pet to go when they're feeling stressed. And if you will be busy and unable to keep an eye on them, for instance during packing or when the moving company in Austin is loading or unloading the truck, you may want to place them in an empty bedroom or bathroom with the door closed to ensure they don't get away.

On moving day, swap out the tags on their collar with new ones that show your new home address and, if applicable, new phone number. This ensures that if your furry friend escapes or is otherwise lost over the move, they'll be able to find their way back to you. It's also advisable to change their microchip information around this time with the new details.

Special complications while moving with household pets

Moving with domestic pets provides special obstacles that you don't have to worry about when moving without them. For instance, your furry friend may not be usually overly pumped up about the thought of the moving company in Austin coming into the house and messing up their treasured places with packing containers. However it is likewise essential to know what you can do to make certain the family pet is comfortable and safe during the move. Thankfully, there are several simple steps it is possible to take to make certain they are happy over the transition.

To begin with, try saving their area for last when packing. Keep the pandemonium out of their bedding, eating, and bathroom areas as much as you can. This gives them safe spaces to retreat to.

Put household pets in an unfilled room and shut the door each while leaving your current house and into your new residence. You might need to do this each time you go in and out temporarily as your pet adjusts to their new house.

Next, if you're relocating to a different residence in a close by area, try taking your pup for strolls or to a dog park in the new location for them to begin getting acquainted with the neighborhood. For those who have a cat, consider bringing something from the new house to your current home so the cat might smell it and get familiar with the scent.

Relocating interferes with their routine as well as life in general, so it is necessary they have enough time to become comfortable in their new environment. Look for strategies to expose them into their new house prior to when you officially move in together. Take them around the residence on a leash or let them check out outside while supervised.

Moving with domestic pets can be a bit more difficult as compared to moving alone. Adhere to this guide and you will be fully prepared.


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