Let’s face it, New Yorkers love their pets. So, when it comes time to making a residential move, whether its across town or across the country, we want to make sure that we keep their experience, and our own as stress free as possible. Here are some tips to make the move with your pet as simple as possible.
- Pre-Move: Make sure your pet has a collar; even if they never wear one, get one. Put your cell phone number on it (or any number that remains consistent in the move) so if your pet should get lost, this makes it easier for someone to find you. Better yet, have your pet microchipped, in case the collar falls off. This is also a good time to inform your veterinarian that you are moving, and to collect any records if you have to make a switch.
- During the Move: Your dog, cat, or feathered friend will sense that something is about to happen, and, while we think our pets understand everything we say, they really don’t—so go the extra mile to make sure they are kept quiet and safe during the move. Living in New York City, most of us don’t have access to a yard, so ask a neighbor if your pet can stay with them, or put them in their crate or in whatever room the movers haven’t gotten to yet. Put a note on the door telling the movers a pet is in there and not to open the door unless you are present. Make sure you check in with your pet often to offer a treat or a walk.
- After the Move: Give your pet a chance to adjust to their new surroundings, even if it means limiting their access to certain rooms for a short time so they can acclimate. If you can be in that room with them, that will help them to feel safer and calmer. Your new place is full of new smells and things to discover, and it can overwhelm them. Try to have some familiar things set up in the home before you introduce your pet to his new place. Your pet will take his cues from you, so, if you can relax, they will, too.
Our animals are more than pets to most of us. They are an extended part of the family, so make sure you take the necessary steps to ensure the move includes them and their needs. Call Moves LLC at 212-695-0200 to learn more tips on making your move, and theirs, as stress free as possible.