7 Tips for Minimizing Stress When Moving With Your Pets

Moving is stressful, no matter why or where you’re moving. This is also true for your pets. They don’t understand what’s going on, why they’re in a strange place, or even that the new place is their home now. So until someone makes the technology for you to chat with your pets (finally), it’s up to you as the owner to minimize their moving stress. Here are our top tips for moving with pets.

1. Verify Any Information Your New Home May Need

Your new county, city, state, or apartment community may have requirements on what kind of vaccines and training your dog must have. Some counties and cities, for example, require you to get a pet license that shows they have certain vaccinations. If you’re renting, your landlord may request to have a copy of your pet’s vaccination record on file.

2. Get Your Pet Groomed

Prepping for a move can trick you into thinking you have much more time than you actually do. Make an appointment to have your pet groomed (if applicable) before you leave, as groomers in your new home may have a wait list for new clients or be booked out for a while. Grooming can help your pet feel more comfortable adjusting to their new home.

3. Request Medication From Your Vet If Needed

Some pets, like people, are nervous about traveling. They may get carsick or highly stressed. Talk to your vet before you depart; they may have recommendations for remedies or medications that can help make the process easier. If you hire pet moving services, they may also have suggestions for easing the travel process.


4. Stick To Your Old Routine As Much As Possible

Some pets are especially sensitive to changes in their environment and your emotions. As you pack and likely become stressed, your pet may also become stressed. Try to mitigate their stress by sticking to your normal routine of feeding times, walks, and going to bed. This will help give them a sense of normalcy. Additionally, keep their stuff (toys, beds, cozy blankets, food, etc.) out until the last minute and then pack it somewhere easily accessible.


5. Establish a New Routine Asap

As we mentioned before, pets thrive on routine. That goes for helping them adjust to their new environment, as well. While you may be busy unpacking and settling in, your dog or cat will also try to adapt. You can help them settle into the new space by establishing a new routine as soon as possible.


6. Be Understanding Of Your Pet’s Adjustment Period

Some pets settle into new spaces quickly, as though they didn’t notice the change. Others may act unusually as they try to figure out what’s going on. If your pet exhibits strange behavior, such as unnecessary barking, regression on training, accidents in the house, and even aggression, then they may be stressed about their new environment. 

Always consult a veterinarian if you’re concerned about your pet’s behavior. However, as these behaviors subside, it can be one of the signs a dog is adjusting to a new home.


7. Don’t Forget To Update Their Paperwork

While the “admin” work of owning a pet doesn’t stress your animal out, it’s still important to do. A few important things to remember include:

  • Update your pet’s microchip to your new address and contact information. 
  • Find a new veterinarian and schedule a meet and greet or initial appointment. 
  • Locate a new groomer.
  • Get references for future pet sitters and dog walkers.


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Everyone needs a comfortable and safe place to call home, whether human or animal. When you’re ready to furnish your new home or apartment, CORT is here to help.

Simply visit your local CORT showroom or visit us online to customize a CORT Furniture Rental package that suits your space and style. After you build your furniture and houseware package, set a delivery date, and our team will take care of the rest. That includes setting up your furniture in your new home! Then, once you’re ready to move out, we’ll pick it up. Get started with CORT today.

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