How to help your pet prepare for relocation

Moving is stressful enough when you have only your needs to think about. That's why adding a pet into the mix can create chaos and confusion. The goal is to experience completely the opposite when going through a local or long-distance relocation. Thus, we here at Royal Moving & Storage CA will be more than happy to show you how to help your pet prepare for relocation. And while all pets are unique (just like humans), they can all benefit from a few safe and tested practices.

A visit to the vet will help your pet prepare for relocation

If you have a furry friend, then we are sure that your vet's number is on your speed dial. If you tend to run to their office anytime they show signs of illness, there's no reason why it should be any different when moving. Of course, if you are moving long-distance from LA or across the state, you will want to ensure that all of your pet's shots are up to date and that they are healthy enough to go through relocation with you.

A dog wearing a protective collar.

One short visit to the vet will be a good first step towards getting your pet ready for the move.

But even if you are moving to the other part of the city, you should still make a trip to the vet. This is particularly important if your pet gets anxious or agitated quite easily. Your vet will be able to recommend some safe sedatives that will soothe your dog or cat and help them go through this transition without any bumps on the road.

How to best handle a pet on moving day?

While preparing for your relocation will be a challenge with your pet around, it's still nowhere as difficult as the actual moving date will be for your pet. Thus, they will require a lot of attention during the moving day, as well as the days leading up to your move. And it's your job to help your pet prepare for relocation. If you have paid for special moving services in Los Angeles, then you might have enough time to dedicate to your dog/cat. However, if you have to pack your belongings by yourself and work side-by-side with your movers, it might be time to explore different options.

For a lot of people, boarding their pets during the days surrounding their move is very helpful. If you are considering this option, you should bear in mind that boarding kennels have requirements for vaccines and tests. But if you can't bear to be separated from your pet for even a day, then you will have to place them in a quiet area of your home where no strangers will intrude. The reason for this is quite simple - pets usually aren't comfortable around strangers.

Now imagine having a lot of strangers (movers) coming in and out of the house throughout the day - your pet could easily hide or run away. To avoid this unfortunate scenario, place your pet in a peaceful setting, preferably with someone they trust and love. You can decide whether that's a neighbor or a trusted family member.

Two dogs and two cats.

The procedure is the same regardless of the number of pets that you have.

Make sure they are well stocked with food and water

We know that you know that pets are human beings that need to be looked after and fed. However, we also know that moving is a stressful time with a lot to do and take care of. That's why the last thing you will want to do on your moving day is to go out and purchase pet food. Thus, make it your mission to go out on a shopping spree beforehand and purchase lots of pet food. Of course, while you are out running errands, you can also use this opportunity to buy groceries for yourself. But only the most essential ones - you know, the ones you can eat by the day of your move.

Help your pet be ready for relocation by keeping up with their routine

Pets, just like people, are creatures of habit. They have their own routine and rituals that help them feel like all is well and good. This is where you enter the scene, as it will be up to you to keep up with your daily errands. Do you usually take your dog out for a walk before going to bed? Are there certain games you play early in the morning? How many times a day do you feed them and play with them? These are all the things that make up a routine which is why you should keep up with them.

Bear in mind that you should make it your mission to walk/play with them right before the arrival of your local movers Los Angeles. Even a brief walk will help them get rid of all of that energy, resulting in a more peaceful attitude.  A happy dog/cat is what you want to see at all times.

What to do once you settle into your new home?

The new home is probably going to require some getting used to - both for you and for your pet. But just because you are still adjusting to your new home doesn't mean that you should disregard your pet - quite the opposite. You should spend as much time as possible with your dog/cat, as that will help them get through this huge transition.

A dog next to a bowl of food that will help your pet prepare for relocation.

Shower your pet with love and treats – they can never have enough of it.

Likewise, you should also pet-proof your yard and house. Resist the urge to buy them new toys for right now. They need to be around the things that are familiar. Thus, transport plenty of their belongings around the house and let your pet fully enjoy them.

It's no secret that moving can be traumatic for your pet. As a beloved member of your family, you only want what's best for them. That's why you will be happy to know that you can help your pet prepare for relocation by being mindful of their needs. Take into account the few tips we have shared here. We are sure you will all have a smooth transition.

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