How To Move Safely With Pets

Published on 6/21/2021

Moving with a pet can be a tricky process. Animals typically don’t respond well to change. Here are a few suggestions when it comes to moving with your pets. 


1. Get your pet accustomed to his/her carrier.

When moving by car or plane, your pet will likely need to stay in their carrier. Many dogs are already crate trained, but cats usually become frantic in small, enclosed spaces. Spend some time taking your cat on short drives in their carrier before the move happens. And don’t forget to give them plenty of treats along the way. 

2. Move your pet first.
You need to ensure that your pet doesn’t escape while furniture is being moved in and out. Because of this, it’s wise to move your pet first and place them in a bathroom that won’t need to be accessed while you’re moving. If you have a cat, simply put their litter box and food and water bowls in the bathroom with them, and keep them in there until everything is safely moved into your new space. That will give your cat time to safely explore their new surroundings after the chaos of moving is over and done. 

3. Don’t lose your paperwork.

Make sure you have all of your pet’s vet and vaccination records, tags, registrations. If you have to transition to another vet, this is important. 


1. Pack all of your pet’s things.

Keep their food, treats, toys, and beds out until the very last minute. Animals are ultra sensitive to change, and they’ll know something is happening. 

2. Let them roam free.

In a new space, your pet is more likely to explore and get lost somewhere. This is especially true for cats, who like to squeeze into tiny spaces when they’re frightened. Keep an eye on your pets in the beginning. For cats, keep them in an enclosed space until everything is moved in and organized. 

3. Load them in the moving truck.

Hopefully this one is common sense, but don’t put your pet in a moving truck, unless they’re up front with you. Your items will likely shift during the drive, and the temperature in the back of the truck isn’t regulated. This isn’t safe for a pet.