Tips to move cross country with your cat or dog!

We have made a couple of cross country moves with our cats and dogs and this post is about some of the lessons we learned.  A lot of these lessons would work for a local move also.  

I: Moving your cat.

  1.         Invest in a high quality cat carrier.  We made the mistake of buying one that was too big thinking that it would give our cat room to move around.  As they travel they really don’t care about moving around so buy a carrier that is appropriately sized.
  2.        Talk to your veterinarian ahead of time so you can get medication, especially if your pet does not like being transported.
  3.        You might want to consider buying a restraining harness for your cat.  We found that the rabbit harnesses were the ones that worked the best.  We spent several weeks ahead of time training our cat to use the harness.  She was scared of it to begin with but adjusted to it with time.  This way you will be able to take your cats for walks and get you can be assured they are not going to run away.
  4.        If you have a imbedded chip you will want to update the information just in case something happens and your pet gets lost.
  5.        Call ahead to find motels that accept cats.

II: Moving your dog.

  1.        With a dog you may or may not need a pet carrier.  Our dogs were use to riding in the car and we moved them without a pet carrier.
  2.        Purchase a new ID tag for your dog. Put your new address and your cell phone on it.  If your dog has an imbedded chip you will want to update the information.
  3.        Talk to your veterinarian ahead of time to get medication if your dog has issues traveling    in the car.
  4.        Call ahead to find motels that accept dogs.  
  5.        Moving to the south you will need to immediately get your dog on heart worm preventive medicine.  

On the actual moving day you will want to put your pet in a room that is isolated from all the commotion.  You are going to want to put a big note on the door so that the movers know to stay out of that room.  

If you are moving to Spring TX during the summer months you are going to have to take special precautions because of the heat.  You could end up having to eat a lot of fast food so that you can keep your pet in air conditioning.  

Take all the things your pet will need with you so that they have some things that they are use to in their new home.  Many people lose their pets during the moving process so you will want to take extra precautions to make sure that your pet has an easy transition to your next home. 

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