Moving your cat or dog cross country!

We have made two cross country moves with pets and it is an interesting experience. We moved a dog named Rusty and a cat named Rosy from Colorado to North Carolina and then from North Carolina to Texas.  There are certain things that you can do to help your pet have a smooth transition to your new location.  (If you look close at the picture to the left you will see that we were training Rosy to a halter to make the move.)

Both Rusty and Rosy have passed on since that time but they died from old age with us. I have included their pictures in this post.  We now have new furry friends and since we love living here in Spring TX I don’t expect they will have to endure a cross country move.

One of the first things you will want to do is to invest in a high quality, sturdy pet carrier. For us we only had to invest in one for Rosy as our dog Rusty loved to travel and was a wonderful traveler. We spent some time ahead of time getting Rosy use to being in the pet carrier. You will want to invest in a carrier that is appropriate for the size of your pet. I bought a carrier that was way too big for Rosy thinking it would give her room to stretch. In retrospect I think she would have been more comfortable in a carrier that was appropriate to her size. This is not a time when they will want to do a lot of moving around.

As I said earlier we also bought a restraining harness for Rosy. I spent quite a bit of time getting her use to the harness before we moved. . Cats do get use to taking walks with the harness but it takes some time. I had her in the harness almost constantly for the two weeks prior to our trip. My sister presently has a cat trained to a harness and found that the ones made for rabbits work quite well. Rusty was use to walking on a leash so we didn’t do anything special for him. There are some nifty pet car 

If you pet does not like traveling you might want to talk to your veterinarian ahead of time and get appropriate medications.

Another thing you will want to do is to purchase a new ID tag for your pet. Put your new address and your

cellphone on it. Two weeks after getting to our new home we were shooting off fireworks and Rusty ran away. Somehow he found his way home. We were just lucky that he found his way back home. They did not have imbedded chips back then but that would be another idea. Presently we have an indoor cat that likes to go outdoors and we have an imbed chip at the back of his neck.

On the actual moving day you will want to put your pet in a room that is isolated from all the commotion. Put a BIG note on the door so everyone knows not to go in that room. They are not going to understand what is going on and they have a long trip ahead of them so you want to keep them as calm as possible.

We did move our pets during the summer months and that is going to make your trip interesting. You don’t want to leave your pet in a parked car as the temperature rises so you might end up having lots of picnic lunches.

Find pet friendly motels in advance. When we made our trips there was not the wonderful map questing programs that are available now. You can map out your trip decide how far you want to go and find a motel that accepts pets

Take all the things your pet will need with you so your pet will have some items that they are use to in their new home. This is your pet’s new home and you want them to be as comfortable in it as soon as possible. Many people lose their pets in the moving process. The first few weeks are an important time in your pet’s transition and this is the time when many people lose their pets. As I said earlier we came very close to losing a dog during this time.

This next part is REALLY important for dog owners. Texas has a BIG PROBLEM with heart worms in dogs. You will want to get your pet on heart worm medicine right away. I had friends that moved here from Colorado and I didn’t even think about telling them about heart worms and a year and a half later they now have to treat both dogs for heart worms. It is not a cheap treatment it is costing them $700 per dog. In Colorado it was not a problem like it is here.

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