A Guide for Moving with Pets

Moving to a new home is exciting but can also be stressful, especially when you have furry or feathered companions to consider. At Allied, we understand the unique challenges and concerns of relocating with pets. Our mission is to ensure that your entire family, including your beloved animals, transitions seamlessly to your new home. In this guide, we'll share valuable insights, tips, and steps to help make the moving process smoother for both you and your pets.

Preparing for the Move

Preparing for the move is just as crucial as moving day. What can you do before the move to ensure a smooth transition for your cats, dogs or other pets?

Research Pet Regulations:
If you are moving internationally or further away, you must research the local regulations, requirements and permits related to pets in your new area. Certain regions may have specific rules about pet ownership, licensing, vaccinations, or breed restrictions. This information will help you prepare your pets and avoid legal hurdles upon arrival.

Visit the Veterinarian:
A trip to the veterinarian is essential before the move. Ensure your pets are up-to-date on vaccinations and obtain copies of their medical records. Discuss any travel-related concerns with your vet and inquire about sedation or anxiety-relief options for your pets during the journey, if necessary.

Acclimate Your Pets:
Introduce your pets to their travel carriers or crates in advance. This will help them feel more comfortable and reduce stress on moving day. Place familiar bedding, toys, and treats inside the carriers to create a positive association.

Pack Gradually:
Packing up your belongings can be chaotic, so start the process early and pack gradually. This will prevent sudden changes that might distress your pets. Maintain their routine as much as possible during this period.

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Moving Day

So today is moving day! Although the humans in the family will be excited, pets can become distressed as they aren’t sure what is happening. On this day, it is important to try and reassure your pets and have someone stay with them if possible.

Secure a Safe Space:
On moving day, designate a quiet, secure room where your pets can stay while the chaos unfolds. Place their carriers, water, and familiar items in this room to create a calm environment away from the hustle and bustle. You should also communicate where they are to any movers helping you to reduce the risk of disturbance. If possible, having someone else look after the pets away from your home might be beneficial. 

Update Identification:
Ensure your pets wear collars with updated identification tags with your new address and contact information. Additionally, consider microchipping your pets to provide an extra layer of security in case they become lost during the move.

Travel Comforts:
For the journey, provide your pets with familiar comforts. Line their carriers with their favourite blankets and toys to help alleviate anxiety. Ensure they have access to water and take breaks during long trips to allow them to stretch and relieve themselves.

Plan Accommodation:
If your move requires an overnight stay, research pet-friendly accommodations along your route in advance. Many hotels and lodgings now welcome furry guests, but confirming their policies and booking in advance is essential.

Settling into Your New Home

So you’ve moved into your new home, and your pets are with you. Don’t be alarmed if they aren’t acting settled; this is normal, and it can take a while for them to feel at home. By following these steps, you can help them settle quicker.

Just like you would child-proof your new home, pet-proofing is equally important. Secure any potential hazards, such as exposed electrical cords, toxic plants, or items that could be ingested. If your pet will be free in the garden, make sure to block any exits. Create a safe, designated area where your pets can explore and gradually acclimate to their new surroundings.

Familiar Items:
As you unpack, prioritise setting up your pets' area with their familiar belongings in the area they will be staying. This will help them feel more at ease and quickly adjust to the new space.

Routine Reinforcement:
Pets thrive on routine, so strive to establish a consistent schedule as soon as possible. Maintain regular feeding times, walks, and play sessions to provide stability during the transition.

Exploration Time:
Allow your pets to explore their new home at their own pace. Supervise their initial interactions with the new environment and gradually introduce them to different areas, rooms, and neighbours. This is especially important for cats who will be coming and going as they please. It is best to let them outside for small periods at a time; this will ensure they are used to the area and will reduce the risk of them getting lost or running away. 

At Allied Thailand, we know that pets are cherished family members, and we are committed to making the moving process as stress-free as possible for every member, including your four-legged friends. By following these tips and enlisting the support of professionals who understand the intricacies of relocating with pets, you can ensure a smoother transition and create a positive start in your new home. With proper preparation, patience, and care, your pets can adjust to their new surroundings and continue to thrive alongside you in your exciting new chapter. If you need advice or help moving, please get in contact with us; we can’t wait to help you and your pets!