How To Safely Bring A Pet Along While Relocating

Posted by on Mar 14 | 2016

Our pets are our best friends, so it’s natural we’d want to take them along with us during a move. However, travel can be stressful, and even traumatic, for pets. In this article, we’ll go through some ways to safely travel with your pet, and ways to make it as comfortable for them as possible.

Pet Relocation

Since they’re the most common pets, we’ll look specifically at cats and dogs. Unsurprisingly, they tend to travel very differently. Dogs are more likely to have had frequent experiences with car rides, and usually enjoy travelling by car. Cats however, travel far less often, and are even more sensitive to the small motions cars frequently make, making them uncomfortable during these trips.

Travelling with Cats

Cats are notoriously difficult to travel with. As said above, car trips do not usually have the same excitement for them as they do for dogs. Additionally, cats are highly territorial and being taken from their home is often seen as stressful and disturbing.

The best way to acclimatize your cat to travel, and to being confined in a carrier, is to start when they’re young. Obviously this isn’t always possible if your cat was adopted at an older age, but if you have your cat from infancy, start getting your kitten used to being in a carrier, and travelling in a car. Create positive associations with your kitten by taking along toys and treats, so they learn that travel is fun.

Older cats are less adaptable, but you should still takes steps to get them used to travel. Make their carrier part of their life and using treats and toys, slowly get them used to spending periods of time in it.

You can choose to use a sedative during car or air travel, but keep in mind that sedatives can wear off, and work best when combined the above work.

Travelling With Dogs

Similar to cats, the best way to acclimatize your dog to travel is to start when they’re a puppy. It’s often easier to get them used to car travel, as they’re more likely to end the trip at a desired destination like the park or a hike, whereas cats generally only travel to go to the vet.

Before you travel, make sure your dog is used to being confined in a crate for longer periods of time. As it is with cats, treats and toys can make this easier. Again, sedatives can be used during long travel, but for this you’ll have to consult with a vet.

A dog that is used to being in a crate should be a relatively happy traveller, whether that’s by car or by plane.

Before travelling with any pet, make sure you speak to your vet. They can give you tips on how to travel safely, sedative use, and will know exactly what kind of vaccinations and paperwork your pet may need.

At Armstrong Moving, one of our specialties is pet relocation. We ensure that your pet gets safely from your current home to your new one in order to allow your mind to stay focused on your new work environment. For more information, contact our team today.

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