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How to properly prepare for moving with your pet

Moving with your pet is a job that requires a lot of effort, especially when relocating from LA. So plan every possible outcome in advance. This is really essential if you want to move without stressing your four-legged friend. Think about hiring movers in New York City, if that is your new location. Experienced movers will make sure you get the best possible service, and when you are relocating with your pets, you want to go with the best of the best. Hiring a professional moving company will allow you to concentrate on your furry friends.

Here are some steps that you need to follow before even starting:

  • Find your new space.
  • Get NYC moving quotes and prepare for moving with your pet.
  • Get rid of all the clutter (sell, donate or give away all the things that you won’t be needing in a new place).
  • Cancel services (memberships, telephone, and internet services, …).
  • Pack your belongings – start with the items that you and your pets don’t use as much.

After all of this is done, you can concentrate solely on your pet. Make sure that the new home is as right for your furry friend as it is for you. Is it big enough? Are there any aggressive or unattended animals in your new neighborhood?

Most animals aren’t big fans of change. Leave your pet with a friend for a few days if it’s possible. If not, bring in boxes early, and keep your furry friends in a familiar room that you plan to pack up last. When the moving day comes, keep your pet in a quiet space with the door shut. This will guarantee that your pet won’t get scared. During this process, try to keep its routine as ordinary as possible.

Cat hiding behind the blanket
Make sure your pet isn’t scared. Leave it at a friend’s house or hire a pet sitter

Moving with your pet 101

Pet crate will be your best friend

It might be a good idea to buy or borrow some pet crates. Many pets haven’t spent much time in cars, and it can be really scary for them. After you get the crate, leave it with your pet. Put in some familiar toy or blanket and let your cat/dog explore it. Don’t force anything. They need to get used to it by themselves. Try carrying your pets around the house in the crate and taking a short drive in the weeks leading up to the big move. To learn more useful tips, we advise you to contact The Moving Company LA and find out.


You will need a kit that has enough dog food, cat litter, toys and grooming tools. This will help to sustain your pet and keep them comfortable during the big move and a first few days in the new house. Contact your vet. Make sure that your pet is healthy and ready for the big move. Ask for any helpful information, referral to a new vet and your pets health history. Find out if you need a new permit, and whether there are breed prohibitions in place.


Choose an airline that has established pet policies and solid safety measures. Ensure that your pet is properly cared for. Sometimes your pet can travel in the cabin with you or if the airline will not allow this, your pet will travel as special baggage. This space provides a quiet and darkened area for your furry friend, which will be less stressful than a noisy cabin. Make sure that they have enough food, water, and ventilation. This is a key when it comes to creating a positive travel experience for your pet. Be prepared to face delays, last-minute changes, and other unexpected plot twists. Stay calm, talk to your pet and don’t stress about it.

Pet-proofing your new space

Make sure that there are no electrical cords, remove any poisonous plants from your house and yard, and confirm that there are no poison traps anywhere in the house. Remove cleaning supplies that may have been left behind. Poisons can be eaten, absorbed through the skin, or inhaled, and they can act immediately, or take days to appear. So the best thing you can do is to familiarize yourself with potential signs of poisoning before relocating the pet. Check the doors and windowsif they get out they can easily get lost. Also, if you have a fence – check every inch of it. Make sure you update their tags to the new address and phone number before the moving day.

Cat pawns
Prepare for moving with your pet by removing any poisonous plants, cleaning supplies and medicines from their reach.

Getting to know the new house

Don’t clean just yet! Taking the smell of the old house to the new one will do a lot to ease your pet’s anxiety. When you arrive at your new home, don’t set your pet lose in the house to explore. An unfamiliar space can be scary. As many pet lovers know, moving can cause a great deal of stress for some animals. Your pet cannot control their reaction to unfamiliar noises. The pet may run away or severely injure themselves when trying to “escape”. So, try to keep everything as silent as possible. So, start by allowing them to explore one room – their “base”—which should include their toys, beds, water and food bowls. When they get comfortable, gradually introduce them to other rooms in the house. Hide some pet food around the house.

Give your pet lots of attention and love. Stay calm and patient. Animals can’t understand everything that we throw at them, so don’t expect perfection. Reinforce positive behavior, and be optimistic when moving with your pet.

Dog in the house that’s being renovated.
The best way to prepare for moving with your pet is by keeping them calm

After taking all the precautionary measures and having a game plan you will ensure a smooth move for everyone. Breaking your move down into three fragments – before, during, and after – will ease the whole process of moving with your pet. You will have to juggle many things. However, following our advice, and making a clear plan with a timeline allows an easy transformation.

May 31, 2018

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