Moving with pets isn’t always a walk in the park. In fact, only 34 percent of the renters Rent.com surveyed who have moved with pets said it was a positive experience. If you’re moving to a new pet-friendly apartment, here are some tips that can help make the process go smoothly for you and your four legged friends:
Get Prepared Before the Move
Start by collecting your pets’ health and rabies vaccination certificates, and get their registered microchips and tags updated a few days before you move to your new apartment. If something happens during or shortly after your move and your pet goes missing, you’ll be happy you did. If you’re moving to a new state or city, research any requirements, such as shots or licenses.
Find a Pet Sitter
All of the commotion of moving day can be stressful for your pets, and they can easily get under the feet of people carrying heavy boxes or furniture. It’s best for everyone if your four-legged friends are the last thing you move to your new home. Plus, they’ll be greeted with familiar scents, which can make the transition easier on them.
Avoid Pet Anxiety
Experiencing some anxiety in a new environment is fairly common for pets, but there are steps you can take to help them adjust to their new home.
- Start by introducing your pet to your new home gradually. Take your dog on a walk around the neighborhood, giving him or her plenty of time to sniff new surroundings. Once you’re back in your new apartment, provide your pet time to adjust to the new environment.
- Make sure they have easy access to everything they need—water, food, their bed and their favorite toys. Try to include items that will hold the scent of your previous home. This can be comforting among the many new sights and smells.
- Sticking to your usual walking and feeding schedules will make the transition easier for your pets and can help reduce any anxiety.
- Cats tend to have a more difficult time adjusting after a move. Some cats will hide or refuse to eat for a few days in new surroundings. You may want to allow your cat time to acclimate to the entire apartment.
All animals are different and no one knows your pets better than you, so do what works best for your furry friends.
Niccole Schreck is a rental experience expert for Rent.com, a free rental site that helps you find an affordable pet-friendly apartment and provides tips on how to move with your pet. She is also the proud owner of two dogs, Bella and Wallace and a cat named Frisby.