Tips for Moving with Pets

Colby Murphy


Moving to a new home can be an exciting yet stressful experience for both humans and pets alike. While you're busy coordinating logistics and packing boxes, it's important not to overlook the needs of your furry friends. Pets can experience anxiety and confusion during a move, but with careful planning and consideration, you can help ease their transition to their new environment. In this comprehensive guide, we'll explore some essential tips for moving with pets, ensuring a smooth and stress-free relocation for the whole family.

Plan Ahead: Preparation is Key

One of the most important steps in moving with pets is to plan ahead. Start by researching pet-friendly accommodations and services in your new area, such as veterinarians, groomers, and pet supply stores. If you're moving to a new state or country, familiarize yourself with local pet regulations and requirements, such as licensing, vaccinations, and quarantine procedures.

Next, create a moving checklist specifically for your pets, outlining tasks such as updating identification tags, arranging for transportation, and packing essential supplies. Give yourself plenty of time to complete these tasks, as last-minute preparations can add stress to an already hectic process.

Keep Your Pet's Routine Intact

Pets thrive on routine, so maintaining a sense of familiarity during the moving process is crucial. Try to stick to your pet's regular feeding, walking, and playtime schedule as much as possible, even amidst the chaos of packing and moving. This consistency can help alleviate anxiety and provide a sense of stability during a time of change.

If your pet is particularly sensitive to disruptions in routine, consider setting up a designated "safe space" in your current home where they can retreat during the moving process. This could be a quiet room or corner equipped with their favorite toys, bedding, and food and water bowls.

Minimize Stress on Moving Day

Moving day can be chaotic, with movers coming and going, loud noises, and unfamiliar people in your home. To minimize stress on your pet, consider arranging for them to stay with a trusted friend, family member, or pet sitter on moving day. This will keep them out of harm's way and allow you to focus on the task at hand without worrying about their well-being.

If your pet must stay at home during the move, confine them to a secure and quiet area away from the hustle and bustle. Provide plenty of food, water, and comfort items to help them feel safe and comfortable. Consider using pheromone sprays or calming supplements to help reduce anxiety during this stressful time.

Update Identification and Microchipping

Before you move, make sure your pet's identification tags and microchip information are up to date with your new address and contact information. This will ensure that they can be quickly reunited with you in the event that they become lost during the move. If your pet is not already microchipped, consider having this done before the move for added peace of mind.

Additionally, consider investing in a GPS tracking collar or device for your pet, especially if you'll be moving to a new area where they may be unfamiliar with their surroundings. This can provide an extra layer of security and help you locate them quickly if they wander off in their new neighborhood.

Introduce Your Pet to Their New Home Gradually

Once you've arrived at your new home, it's important to introduce your pet to their new environment gradually. Start by confining them to a single room or area of the house, gradually expanding their access as they become more comfortable. This will help prevent them from becoming overwhelmed by the unfamiliar surroundings.

Set up their food and water bowls, litter box (for cats), and bedding in a quiet and secluded area where they can retreat if they feel anxious. Spend plenty of time with them in their new space, offering comfort and reassurance as they adjust to their new surroundings. 

Establish a New Routine

As you settle into your new home, work on establishing a new routine for your pet that reflects their needs and preferences in the new environment. This may involve adjusting their feeding and walking schedule, finding new places to explore together, and introducing them to new neighbors and pets in the area.

Be patient and understanding as your pet acclimates to their new surroundings, and give them plenty of time and space to adjust at their own pace. With patience, consistency, and lots of love and attention, your pet will soon feel right at home in their new environment.

A Smooth Transition for You and Your Pet

Moving with pets can present its own set of challenges, but with careful planning and consideration, you can ensure a smooth transition for both you and your furry friends. By planning ahead, maintaining a sense of routine, minimizing stress on moving day, updating identification and microchipping, introducing your pet to their new home gradually, and establishing a new routine, you can help ease their transition and ensure their happiness and well-being in their new environment. With a little extra care and attention, moving with pets can be a positive and rewarding experience for the entire family.

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Colby Murphy

Colby Murphy

About the Author

Born in the land of the Delta Blues, Colby Murphy grew up as a nationally ranked cyclist and avid outdoorsman. Colby's addiction for competition took his amateur cycling career through college, capturing silver at the USAC National Championship and a spot on Team USA for the 2013 UCI World Championships in Auckland, New Zealand. While attending Middle Tennessee State University, Colby volunteered coaching youth athletes in addition to interning with the D1 NFL Combine Camp in Nashville, Tennessee. It was freshman year when Colby was exposed to the magic of Jackson Hole. Instantly attracted, he began splitting his time to ski Jackson every year thereafter.

Upon publishing research in the International Journal of Exercise Science and receiving his bachelor’s degree, Colby immediately relocated to Southern California in pursuit of his professional cycling career. Once retired from competition, Colby quickly found himself as a top producing sales professional serving owners of high end luxury real estate in areas of San Diego including Rancho Santa Fe, La Jolla, and Coronado. With his affection for luxury property, history with Jackson Hole, and prior connection to Christie's International Real Estate, Colby saw a clear path and executed a move to Jackson. In his spare time, he now enjoys turning laps at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and giving back at Jackson Hole Therapeutic Riding Association.

Colby is fortunate to have been raised around admirable examples of what drive, tenacity and resilience can yield. His father, a self-made entrepreneur, and uncle, an owner of the Christie's affiliate brokerage in San Miguel de Allende and Mexico City, both inspired Colby's ambitions from an early age.

Now, Colby has positioned himself among some of the most respected networks in the industry. He feels proud and blessed to have established relationships with multiple Christie’s affiliate owners and associates spanning multiple cities, states, and countries. Colby has also recently become a member of REALM™, the first globally collaborative real estate collective designed to empower the real estate professional by curating new relationships and matching qualified buyers based on lifestyle experiences and passions rather than search criteria.

In a market where there are as many agents as annual transactions, Colby represented clients from Australia, the UK, Mexico, and several U.S. states in his first year alone. He applies the principles and work ethic he learned through sport and his impressive circle of mentors to ensure he creates the highest value for his clients. Always elevating, always seeking excellence, his acquired values and attributes provide a successful combination that will ensure your selling or buying experience is a win.

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