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Moving is a difficult task for the whole family. There is a huge amount of things you need to take care of once you start the move. There are packing and documentation and many more important things. But you should not forget that you need to take care of your pets. This is an important task that sounds complicated. There are many factors that make this sound much more complicated than it actually is like flying with pets, getting the right documentation. This is why Divine Moving and Storage has gathered information on moving with pets. So we can show you that this is nothing to be scared about.

Do a lot of research when moving with pets

When you move you need to do a lot of research on many things. You should not forget to do research on how to properly move your pets. If you forget this it could ruin the whole relocation. If it is a short distance relocation you have nothing to worry about, if it’s moving from state to state that you are looking at, then you need to do more planning and research. The things get a bit complicated when moving from a country to another country. Make sure you have enough time to research the options you have, once you do that plan out your move.

Contact the vet and check the laws

When you move from country to country you have to check the countries laws on moving with pets. When moving long distance some pets will have to take some vaccines or they might even need a quarantine. To help with this you should consult with the consulate and a vet. Once you find out what you have to do by law you have to contact the vet so you can schedule the vaccines. You will also have to get the medical records about your pet. There also could be some laws that prohibit some exotic pets which is why you have to consult with the officials.

Driving your pets in a car

If are not moving that far away and you do not need to use a plane you will have to drive your pets in a car. This might sound easy since some pets enjoy car trips, but your drive might last for a few days. These few days will be harder than you think. This will obviously be different for different types of pets. Dogs will not be as challenging as cats for example.

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A customer pet dog sending love our way!

Moving with cats

Cats as mentioned before, are hard to move with. This is because cats tend to bond with their environment, they will attach to their homes. But once you move they don’t really have many choices don’t they? Be sure to be prepared since cats will take much longer to adapt to their new environment than dogs. You can drive the cats, you can use a travel kennel. Bring them some water and food and you are good to go. Another good idea is to give them some cat toys which will make them calmer while you move. If you want to move with an airplane you will need to do a bit more work which will be explained later in the article.

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Cats get used to their surroundings so it will be hard for them to adapt.

Help your dogs adapt to your new home

Dogs are easier to move than cats, but that doesn’t mean they require less care. It will be easier to move them in a car since most dogs actually like to drive in a car. They will adapt to their new home easier than a cat but you should take some measures. This is especially true if you are moving from a big house with a backyard to a smaller one. If you are moving to an apartment this is very important. You should take them on plenty of walks and take them to the park and play with them. They will settle in this new neighborhood in no time.

Divine Moving Dog with a sign

Moving pets in a plane

If you move your pets on a plane you will have to take care of some things. First, if it’s an international move then you have to take care of the vaccines and the laws as we already mentioned. Then you need to make a flight reservation. While you do this you have to ask the people from the airline as many questions as possible about the relocation of your pet:

  • Can my pet travel in the cabin instead of the bagging area. This is a good question to start with when you ask about moving with pets
  • Is the bagging area warm
  • What is the cost of moving my pet
  • What papers do I need
  • Is the bagging area heated

These are just a few questions you should ask. AS mentioned pets will be usually taken to the bagging area. The area for pets has ventilation and is dark. This can provide a nice and stress-free space for your pet. This doesn’t have to be the case for smaller dogs or cats, some airline will let them travel in the cabin with you. If they aren’t allowed to be in a cabin with you-you must ask about the heat of the baggage area. If your pet is not resistant to cold and it is winter it might not survive if bagging area is not heated properly.

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You have to ask the airline as many questions as possible

Moving is a stressful process for everyone. You will have so many things on your mind. So many hard responsibilities. But if you take precautions and research the move properly moving with pets will be easy. We wish this article has helped you make the decision to move to a new place since many people will not move because they think moving with pets is too hard. It isn’t and you shouldn’t worry.

About Author

John G.
John has been with Divine Moving and Storage in New York for nearly two decades. Starting as a young helper and climbing up the ranks to be a staple in our organization. John has the knowledge and experience to assist our clients with any move or storage related needs. You can reach John or any of our associates in NYC at 212-244-4011

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