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Pets on the Move: Moving Tips on Reducing Your Pet’s Stress When Moving

Posted on August 22, 2019

Make your pet’s move less stressful with moving tips you can use before, during, and after you relocate.

Make your pet’s move less stressful with moving tips you can use before, during, and after you relocate.

Dogs, cats, and even your pet budgie can be creatures of habit. Dogs, especially, are comforted by familiar surroundings and are used to regular schedules. That’s why a move to a new home or location can be a confusing time for your household pet. If you are planning a move, use these moving tips to reduce your pet’s stress before, during, and after you relocate.


Before The Move

If you’ve ever brought your pet to a kennel, then you know that keeping them calm up to the journey is the best way to prepare them. While you’re packing for your household movers, it's essential to keep up with your pet's routines. Take your dog for its daily walk, and ensure that their feeding, playtime, and sleep schedules are not disrupted right up to moving day. Some other ways you can prepare your pet for a move include: 

  • Visit your vet to see if there is any safe anxiety-reducing medication that may alleviate your pet’s stress.
  • Start packing early so your pet can get used to being surrounded by moving boxes.
  • Get your pet used travelling by car by taking it for a few road trips before moving day. If you’re planning on using a carrier, make sure to include their favourite toy to add comfort.


During the Move

Moving day can be traumatizing to your pet, with strangers entering your house, and furniture and boxes being taken out. If possible, you may want to board your cat or dog or leave it with a trusted family member or friend during your move.

If you are moving long-distance, we suggest you keep your pet in a hard-sided carrier that allows them space to lie down. Make sure to pack a bag that includes: 

  • Enough food and water for every day of the journey (and maybe a few days extra, just in case)
  • Bowls
  • Treats
  • Favourite toys and blanket
  • Disposable litter box for cats
  • Leash for dogs
  • Waste bags
  • Towel and wet-wipes in case of an accident


After the Move

Once you've arrived at your destination, it's essential to familiarize your pet to its new surroundings. Re-establish its routine by taking your dog for a walk on-leash in the new neighbourhood. Place your cat in a safe room inside before letting it wander around your new home. Unpack your pets' everyday items, such as bowls, scratching posts, litter boxes, sleeping mats, etc., and place them in an easy-to-find spot right away.

Don’t forget to update your pets’ identification with your new address and phone number in case it gets lost. 


For more smart moving tips, check out this blog: 6 Tips When Moving a Lot of Books.


Bekins Kelowna has everything you need to make moving less stressful. Our movers in Kelowna are equipped to help you move to your new location quickly and efficiently with convenient moving services, including packing and storage, for local, long-distance, commercial, and last-minute moves.