A Simple Guide For Moving With Pets

Tuesday, March 24th, 2020
person and pet in new home

When you move into a new rent home with your pets, it can be stressful. Pets rely on stability and have an instinctive fear of new surroundings. There are some things you can do to make the process of moving with your pets easier.

Plan your move ahead of time

Moving into a new rent home should include lots of planning. This includes planning to move your items AND your pets. Whether you are moving across the city or across state lines, make sure to know who in your family is responsible for the animals. Pet beds, sanitary items, toys, medications, and any other items your pet needs should be accounted for.

Transport your pets the right way

Transportation should be arranged before the day of the move. If you are staying within your city, you shouldn’t have too much to worry about. But, if you are moving from a different state, you may have to handle air travel or long rides in the car with your pet. Here are some tips to keep in mind.

  1. If you are flying, make sure all fees have been paid.
  2. Your pet should always have identification on them.
  3. Make sure the crate or carrier your pet is in is secure.
  4. If you are traveling in a moving van or other vehicle, make sure your pet is secure.
  5. You should have a checklist of certain items on hand at all times. This includes food, food and water dishes, favorite toys, a blanket, treats, a brush or comb, any medications your pet takes, newspapers and towels, and leashes.
  6. If your vet has prescribed a sedative, follow the instructions.
  7. Stick to your routines as much as possible, feeding when appropriate and allowing for regular bathroom stops.
  8. NEVER let your cat or dog loose in a strange area.
  9. NEVER leave your animal unattended in a vehicle.

Use an overnight kit

This may seem odd, considering you may have built a travel kit, but you should also create an overnight kit. This is especially helpful if you are moving within the same city. Make sure you pack enough food, water, litter, waste bags, and any other supplies your pet uses every day. You should always stay with your pet, so be sure to pack an overnight bag for yourself too.

Contact your vet

If you are moving to a new rent home in the same city, you will likely only need to change your address with them. But, it may help to have a checkup after moving in to make sure they aren’t too nervous. If you are moving from a different city or state, you will need to do more. Make sure to get all vet records and find a new vet before your move is complete. They will need to do a full check up on your pet(s) and look over all past records.

Keep your pets in a quiet area

It is best to keep your pets away from the action of moving as much as possible. It is best to leave your animals with a friend, family member, or in a kennel. But, this isn’t always possible, especially if you are moving from far away.

You can leave one room in your new rent house empty for your pet to relax. It may help to keep them in a crate or kennel as well, as long as they can be at a safe temperature. Check on your pets regularly and keep their feeding and walking schedules as close to normal as you can. This will help reduce their stress levels.

Moving with animals besides cats and dogs

If you have birds, fish, guinea pigs, or other animals, moving will be different. These animals take stress much harder than cats and dogs. It is helpful to speak with your vet before planning anything to make sue it is safe to move with your pet. If it isn’t, your best option could be to re-home them with a trusted friend or relative.

Looking for a rent home that is pet friendly?

It can be hard to find the right rental when you have pets, but not impossible. At Highland Park Village in Amarillo, Texas, we believe that pets are family. That’s why we offer a variety of Floor Plans that will help make you and your pets at home. Call us at (806) 335-1451 or Send Us an Email to learn more.