6 Tips for Moving to Austin with Cats and Dogs

By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 

Moving with Pets - Moving BoxesMoving your household is a rough process, and it only gets harder if you have four-legged family members who are moving with you to Austin. If you own canines, cats, or both, then here are several, basic tasks you can do to make the moving process easier on them, and on yourself to Austin.

Tip #1: Have One, Final Vet Visit

Some pets don't relish in going to the vet, but if you are relocating it is crucial to be sure your animals get one, final checkup. This is very vital if you're moving far enough away that you will need to get a new vet, or if an airplane trip will be necessary to get to your destination. Make positive you get the pet’s vaccine records, prescriptions, and any other paperwork you are going to require. If you delay until you are far away from your vet to accomplish this, it can be a large, unnecessary stressor to add on top of your move.

Tip #2: Board Your Pets (If You Can)

Boarding can be rough on animals who have separation anxiety, but it is lots of times a practical answer in the long-run if you are moving to a new residence. If you board your animals for loading day and unloading day then you do not have to be anxious about them being in the way, there's not a chance of them running out of the yard, and you aren't constantly looking to see where they are. It saves time, frustration, and risk, which can help your move go much more calmly.

Tip #3: Preserve as Much Routine as Possible

Our pets appreciate routine, and they are sensitive to when it isn’t what they expect. Changes in routine might be a danger, so it has a tendency to create all kinds of extra anxiety on their part. Therefore, you should attempt to organize your move to Austin so that it disrupts your animals’ routines (as well as your own) as little as possible. Let them get acclimated to what's taking place gradually, and they will respond much better. Also, when you move them, be sure you bring their belongings with them when you can. Favorite toys and bedding can act like a security blanket, and help your pets be calmer throughout the process.

Tip #4: Make Sure Your Pets Are Comfortable With Their Traveling Accommodations

Regardless if you have dogs or cats, you don't want to pick them up, throw them in the car, and begin driving one day. You should allow the time to get your pets accustomed to traveling. For example, if you have a feline, place their carrier on the floor with the door open. Let them get familiarized with it being there, and give them a chance to explore it. If you have a dog, get them accustomed to a crate, or a kennel. Take them on progressively longer car trips, and get them used to being passengers if possible. The more care you can take getting your pets on-board with moving (even if they're not ever really going to like it), the simpler things are going to be.

Tip #5: Identification

Be certain and keep identification on your pet at all times. If something terrible happens and your pet ends up lost in the shuffle of the move, how else will they find their way back to you? Make sure that their collar is sized correctly and that their tag includes a phone number that won’t be disconnected during the move.

Tip #6: Chill Out... Your Pets Are Watching

Moving is an anxious time, there is no doubt about that. Even if everything goes without a hitch (which it never does), you're going to have moments where you just want to lay on the floor and throw a good, old-fashioned tantrum. No matter how crazy everything gets, though, it's vital for you to not forget that little eyes are watching you, and that you could be alarming them.

Your pets are likely under a lot of stress from the whole moving process. New stuff is appearing without explanation, familiar things are going away, and there are strangers arriving all the time. So, take a moment, take a breath, and remember that your pets need you to be collected and reassuring for them. Otherwise it might tip them over the edge of the stress meter.