What To Do With Your Pet During A Move

“Moving can be stressful for some people, but for your pet, moving can be a traumatic ordeal! In normal situations, your animals can become stressed by such things as sudden noises, unexpected guests or new environments.”


  1. What to do with them while moving

  2. Or if you cannot take them with you, where should they go? I am going to assume that you are able to take your companion pet with you and will not be focusing on this issue in this blog. However, if you are faced with this dilemma please refer to a reputable pet adoption agency. Please, don’t just turn your pet out on the street.

CNN published these tips on how to safely move with our pets: Like people, pets can also have anxiety, especially when it comes to relocating.


  • One of the first things to do before you relocate with your pet is to make sure your new location is pet-friendly.

  • Making certain your pet is up-to-date on their vaccinations is important as most places will require that you produce documentation on this prior to occupying their living space. Being parasite-free is also important, so make certain your pet is flea/tick free.

  • Make certain any IDs or microchips have your up-to-date contact information.

  • Making certain that your pet has an isolated space to be in both before and after you move in order to cut down on the anxiety they will already be feeling.

Remember, your pet has a sixth sense about these things, so the idea here is to keep them as comfortable as you possibly can. Be sure they are in their safe-zone prior to the movers arriving and after you finally go to your new place, they should go with you so that it is you who places them in their new safe-space.


Be sure you have a way of securing your pet while you are on the road. A crate, carrier, or car harness will prevent your pet from distracting you while you’re driving, and will protect them from injury in case of an accident.

dog in crate


The most common pets are:


Most dogs will take moving in stride. However, in the event that they don’t it’s important you understand your dog’s needs should they “exhibit symptoms of fear or anxiety. Indoor “accidents”, bad chewing behavior and whining, barking or howling may be signs that your dog has a bone to pick with you” after the move.

little dog

Your dog may start to have symptoms that range from mild fear to panic and anxiety. Be on the lookout for the following in your dog:


Tucked tail



Lower activity levels

Escape behaviors





GOOD IDEA HERE: Dogs are able to pick up signs of stress from their human. Managing your own stress level can go a long way in assuring your dog stays calm.

Perhaps a pre-trip to your new area with your dog would be a good idea. After leashing your dog, you could walk them around the new “potty” area (outside your new home) and even allow them to do a walk-through of the premises so they can get a good sniff of their new quarters. Putting something familiar in the new home for their first visit may give them great comfort as well. Even setting up a feeding area so they can know that they will have their food in the new place wouldn’t hurt.


Most cat owners keep their cats indoors for safety reasons. Thus, it’s most likely the case that your cat has never seen the out-of-doors. Good for you, if this is the case.

But now that you are moving, you need to remember that your current living space is the only world your cat may know (outside of their visit to the vet, which is normally a high stress activity). In fact, they may only associate their being transported outside their home to a vehicle with their visits to the vet.


Your cat (or dog for that matter) associates your (their) home with safety.


As with any other pet, a trip to the vet is order prior to a move. Birds are also subject to anxiety in their move.

“Your doctor may suggest that you begin giving your bird immunity and digestion-boosting supplements a month before you move.”

bird in cage

If you are moving internationally or to another state, you will likely have to get certain health certifications. You will need to visit your vet as well as a local government official to complete the proper paperwork. Make sure you visit your vet and have all necessary paperwork completed ahead of time to ensure that your bird can move with you.

If using a new carrier for transporting your bird, have it spend some time getting used to the new environment before moving day. At least a month before you move let your bird walk around inside of the new carrier and spend some time exploring it. This will help it be less anxious about being in the container when it comes time to move.

Make sure the carrier is big enough to accommodate your bird.

This should also help your bird go into the carrier when it is time to move.

I chose not to address fish or exotic pets such as snake, iguanas, rodents (hamsters, gerbils) and such others. If you would like information on these types of pets, please refer to the links listed:

Exotic pets


Fish https://www.atlasvanlines.com/moving-tips/how-to-move-guides/moving-fish/fish-during-transport

walking a dog

Lastly, try as much as possible to keep up with your pet’s routine throughout the transition from the old to new place. Feeding time, walking time, etc. all comes into play in the small world of your pet’s life.

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