6 Tips for Moving to San Antonio with Cats and Dogs

By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 

Moving with Pets - Moving BoxesMoving your household is a tough task, and it only gets tougher if you own furry friends who are coming with you to San Antonio. If you have dogs, cats, or both, then here are several, basic items you should do to help them through the moving process to San Antonio.
 

Tip #1: Have One, Final Vet Visit

Some pets don't enjoy going to the vet, but if you're moving it is important to be sure your animals get one, final exam. This is doubly important if you're moving out of state so that you will have to look for a new vet, or if an airplane is going to be involved. Be certain you get the pet’s vaccine records, prescriptions, and any other paperwork you are going to need. If you delay until you are too far from your vet to accomplish this, it can be a large, un-called-for headache to add on top of your move.

Tip #2: Board Your Pets (If You Can)

Boarding might be tough for pets who have separation anxiety, but it's often a feasible answer in the long-run if you're moving to a new residence. If you board your animals for moving day then you don't have to worry about them being in the way, there is zero chance of them running out of the house, and you aren't constantly keeping track of them. It saves time, frustration, and risk, which can help your move go much more calmly.

Tip #3: Preserve as Much Routine as Possible

Our pets appreciate routine, and they could be unsure when it changes. Changes in routine could be viewed as a danger, so it tends to create all kinds of extra worry on your pet’s part. Therefore, you should attempt to schedule your move to San Antonio so that it disrupts your animals’ routines (as well as your own) as little as possible. Let them get used to what's taking place a little at a time, and they will respond much better. Also, when you move them, be sure you bring their belongings with them when you can. Favorite treats and blankets can act like a security blanket, and help your pets stay calmer throughout the move.

Tip #4: Make Sure Your Pets Are Comfortable With Their Traveling Accommodations

No matter if you own dogs or cats, you don't want to gather them up, throw them in the car, and commence driving one day. You need to allow the time to get your animals accustomed to traveling. For example, if you own a cat, place their carrying case on the floor with the door open. Let them get used to it being there, and give them a chance to explore it. If you own a canine, get them familiarized with a crate, or a kennel. Take them on progressively longer car trips, and get them used to being passengers if you can. The more care you can allow getting your pets on-board with moving (even if they are not ever really going to like it), the easier things are going to be.

Tip #5: Identification

Make sure and keep identification on your furry family member at all times. If the unthinkable takes place and your pet is lost in the shuffle of the move, how else will they find you, their beloved owner? Make sure that their collar fits correctly and that their tag includes a phone number that won’t be turned off during the move.

Tip #6: Chill Out... Your Pets Are Watching

Moving is full of stress, there's no arguing about that. Even if everything goes perfectly (which it rarely does), you're going to have moments where you just want to lay on the floor and throw a good, old-fashioned temper tantrum. No matter how stressful things get, though, it is vital for you to not forget that little eyes are taking it all in, and that you could be alarming them.

Your furry friends are most likely under a lot of stress from the whole process of moving. New things are appearing without explanation, familiar stuff is going out the door, and there are new people arriving all the time. So, take a moment, take a breath, and remember that your pets need you to be collected and reassuring for them. Otherwise it might tip them over the edge of the stress meter.