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How to move with a dog or a cat?

Moving becomes much more stressful when you are moving not on your own or with your family, but your pet is also involved in it. To make such moves as smooth as possible, All in Moving Systems has some helpful tips for you.

Before moving

When your pets see suitcases, the packing of boxes, and the movement of furniture, they have a sense of dread of being forgotten. This brings enormous stress to the animal. Oftentimes, cats have their own habits, favorite places and don’t like changes. You should especially pay attention to this fact if your pet is old enough or has experienced severe stress in the past.

If you want to keep your cat or dog safe from stress, change their environment as little as possible. Leave his basket, bowls, and toys in their usual place for as long as possible, move them last. In addition, we advise you not to panic or calm your pet too much, treat it as usual, as if nothing is happening.

If you have the opportunity, you can first bring your dog for a walk around the new house and the surrounding area. Then it will quickly orient itself in a new place after moving.

Moving day

It is ideal if on the day of the move your pet is looked after by someone it already knows and is used to. If you don’t have such a person, you can also place your pet, along with its bowls, toys, and other favorite items, in a quiet, cozy room upon arrival at a new place of residence. As soon as your cat or dog is ready, it will leave this room itself and start walking around the rest house.

A special box is usually used to transport animals. It is convenient and completely safe. It will also be good if you put your pet’s favorite toy is in this box, so it will feel even more comfortable there. Don’t forget about the towel. It should be placed at the bottom of the box. It is necessary in order to absorb any urination/defecation. If the trip is long, we advise you to take breaks to allow the animal to drink or defecate. Once every two hours, for example.

Check with your veterinarian about how you can protect your pet from motion sickness. There are many anti-stress drugs for such cases.

After moving

Immediately arrange a place for your pet with its bowls, toys, a rug, etc. It will be good if it looks like the old one. Then the animal will orientate faster. In general, an adaptation of animals to a new location takes from several days to several weeks.

Be careful with your cat. You should not let her out until it gets used to its new home, as the risk of her running away is very high. The first few days, walk with it, help it get comfortable. It is very important not to forget to change the data on your pet’s chip or collar!

We are one of the best moving companies in California, we know from experience how important your pets are to you, that is why we have created this article. We can also provide you with full-service movers to avoid the hassle and stress of your move. Just contact us and be sure that everything will go super smoothly!