Pets: The Real Moving Challenge

petsBreakable items and heavy furniture aside, the real challenge of moving is how you deal with your pets. When it comes to all your belongings, you can easily contact professional movers to help you. Moving your pets, however, is something you need to do on your own. As their owner, it’s your responsibility to stow them properly in your car and secure a stress-free relocation for them.

Luckily, you can prepare your pets for the move. provides insights on how you can ensure a smooth move for your cute friends:

Before the move

First of all, check what the law recommends for the move. There’s no national law concerning animal relocation, but each state has its own set of policies. In Western Australia, for one, follows the Animal Welfare Act of 2002. Research on this a few weeks prior to the move. Prepare whatever legal document is necessary for your pet. Apart from permits and health certificates, be sure that your companion has a collar and ID tag.

If you’re keeping cats, do know that they aren’t big fans of change, which means you have to let them adjust to the activity for a while. Make the pet carrier visible a few days before the move to let them get accustomed to the idea.

Do consult a vet to know if your pet needs any medication (for motion sickness, especially) for the relocation.

During the move

In most cases, pet relocation would involve car travel. During the move, you should only feed your pet once a day – and you have to do this five hours or so before the actual travel. Letting them eat or drink a few minutes from the travel may upset their stomachs.

Also, make sure you have the following: food, water, towels, newspaper, toys, medication, a leash and a brush, and a deodoriser can. If you’re travelling by air, follow the guidelines of your airline.

After the move

Once you arrive in your new home, you have to let your pets get accustomed to their new surroundings. Dogs would find it significantly easier to adjust than cats, which means you have to take certain steps when introducing your cat to the new home. As much as possible, try to recreate their environment in the old home to make the adjustment phase easier.

When you follow these insights, you and your pets would have a nicer time moving from one place to another.