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Making a Last Minute Move With Pets

Posted on May 17, 2018

A little preparation can help you keep pets safe and secure when moving.

A little preparation can help you keep pets safe and secure when moving.

You've just found out that your rental unit no longer allows pets, and now you need to start looking up moving companies in Kelowna that can assist with a quick relocation. We understand the frustration. We can help.

Not only does hiring house movers save you from the physical and mental stress of moving, it frees you to focus on other important matters, such as: 

  • Securing a new rental space
  • Changing your address
  • Transferring utilities
  • Sorting through your belongings

It also lets you attend to the needs of your beloved pet during a potentially stressful period. Animals don’t understand the intricacies of rental agreements (really, who does?). Nor do they cope all that well with change. Our moving company in Kelowna has come up with some useful tips and tricks to keep pets calm while moving.


Keep Them Away from the Action

When working with a moving company, Kelowna residents understand that things can get a little hectic on moving day. Your pets will pick up on this, and could feel anxious as a result. If possible, try to place them in a calm, secluded area, such as:

  • Quiet bedroom
  • Basement
  • Garage
  • Secure yard

If this isn’t an option, you could see if a friend or family member can look after them, or board them with a local kennel.


Pack a Travel Bag for Your Pet

You’ve probably put aside your toothbrush, change of clothes, deodorant and other daily essentials for your move. Do the same for your pet. This could include: 

  • Food and water
  • Toys and treats
  • Waste bags
  • Grooming supplies
  • Medications
  • Beds and blankets

It might take a while to unpack your belongings at your new home. Having sufficient supplies close at hand will ensure your pet is well cared for in the meantime.


Keep Your Pet Secure

When transporting your pet to its new home, it’s important to keep them secure in your vehicle. If they escape in an unfamiliar area, they could get lost.

The same goes for when you arrive at your new home. For the first few days, make sure your dog is on a leash or contained in a fenced yard whenever it’s outdoors. This will prevent them from wandering off and getting lost in their new environment.

For cats, it’s a good idea to keep them confined indoors until they get their bearings and understand that this is their new home.


Reassure Them

Just as you’d reassure a child when moving to a new home, spend some time with your pets and give them the attention they need to feel comfortable. As soon as you arrive, give them treats and plenty of praise, and make sure they have access to their favourite toys, beds and blankets.

For more advice on moving out of a rental unit, read: 5 Ways Renters Can Clean Their Way Through a Move.


If you’re looking for moving companies in Kelowna that provide accurate quotes and prompt service, call Bekins Moving & Storage at 1-844-501-1966.