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How to Move with Your Furry Friend: A 5 Step Guide

Moving to a new home is an exciting chapter in your life, but it can be a stressful time for your pets. Animals can be sensitive to changes in their living space and routine. The changes moving brings can be challenging for them. With proper planning, you can make the transition smoother for your furry friends. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to move with pets:

1. Plan Ahead

  • Find a new Vet
  • Interview vets before the move to decide which one is a good fit for your pet. Ensure your pet is up to date on vaccinations. Discuss any concerns you may have about the move.

  • Update Identification
  • Make sure your pet's ID tags and microchip information are current with your new address and contact information.

  • Prepare a Pet Moving Bag
  • Create a bag with essentials such as food, water, dishes, litter box, favorite toys, brushes, and any medications. Having these items easily available will help keep your pet comfortable during the move and the first few days in your new home.


2. Prepare for the Move

  • Maintain Routine
  • Stick to your pet’s regular eating and walking schedule as much as possible. Consistency helps reduce stress and anxiety.

  • Safe Space
  • On moving day, set up a quiet space where your pet can stay away from the chaos. Place familiar items like their bed, toys, and a piece of your clothing in the room to provide comfort. You could also consider having a friend or family member watch your furry friend.


3. The Move

  • Transport
  • Transport your pet in a secure, well-ventilated carrier. For long-distance moves, make frequent stops for bathroom breaks, water, and exercise.

  • Comfort and Safety
  • Ensure your pet is comfortable during the journey by placing a familiar blanket or toy in their carrier. Provide reassurance and comfort by talking to your pet in a soothing voice.

4. Settling in

  • Pet-Proof the House
  • Before letting your pet explore, pet-proof your new home by removing any hazardous items and ensuring the environment is safe.

  • Introduction
  • Introduce your pet to the new home gradually. Start with one room containing familiar items and slowly allow them to explore other areas. This helps prevent them from feeling overwhelmed.

  • Establish a Routine
  • Re-establish a routine as soon as possible. Familiar schedules and consistent mealtimes will help your pet adjust more quickly to the new environment.


5. Behavior Changes


  • Monitor Behavior
    Keep an eye on your pet for any signs of stress or behavioral changes, such as excessive barking, crying, hiding, or changes in eating and bathroom habits.

  • Patience and Training
    Be patient and provide additional training if necessary. Reward positive behavior and gently correct unwanted actions. It may take time for your pet to fully adjust, so give them the space and support they need.

  • Hire Movers
  • Seek professional movers so you can focus on the well-being of your pet. Lifetime Moving creates a comfortable moving experience for both you and your pet.


Final Thoughts



  • Moving with pets requires extra effort and attention, but ensuring your furry friend's comfort and happiness in your new home is important. By planning ahead, maintaining routines, and providing plenty of love, you can make the moving process a positive experience for both you and your pet.

    If you need assistance with moving feel free to give us a call at 508-630-4292. Happy moving!