November 3, 2022

How to Move With Your Pets

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Moving can be stressful for our furry friends. We want our pets to be as comfortable and safe as possible, but what does that entail? The more time you allow to prepare, the less stress you and your pet will have when the big day comes.

Before Moving Day

Pack an essentials box for your pet that includes things your pet may need during moving day. This will ensure you have everything needed for their safety. Contact your veterinarian for any recommendations as well.

Your box should include:

  • Vaccination records
  • Medications
  • Food and water dishes
  • A few days of food
  • Treats
  • Harness and leash
  • Waste bags
  • A pet blanket or towel for comfort
  • Toys
  • Little and a scooper, if applicable

Cats and some anxious dogs aren’t the biggest fans of change. You can help them adjust to the moving process by bringing in moving boxes early and beginning to pack without urgency. Another option is keeping your pets in a familiar room you plan to pack up last. This offers them a familiar space without stress.

On Moving Day

Experts recommend keeping your pets in a quiet room with the door closed or have them stay with a trusted friend’s home. This will ensure your companion is as safe and happy as can be.

The safest way to travel with pets is in a crate or carrier. If your pet isn’t acclimated to a crate or carrier, keep it open and begin placing treats or food inside to introduce the space. Try carrying your pets around the house or going for a short drive. Put your pet’s favorite soft things inside, like blankets or a soft t-shirt that holds your scent.

Getting to Your New Home

A photograph of a cat inside of its carrier, ready to arrive at its new home.

Different modes of transportation have their own advantages and disadvantages for your pet. If you’re unsure which method would work best for you, ask your veterinarian for advice. They may also have suggestions for a veterinarian in your new location.


Driving allows your pet to stay in a more controlled and familiar environment. Before packing your car, figure out where your pet’s carrier or crate will go. Ensure there’s nothing that can fall on top of their carrier and that it’s secure on rough roads. You can take breaks with your pet when needed, too.


Ensure you check with your airline regarding any paperwork needed for carrier requirements. Experts recommend booking a flight without stopovers or transfers. If possible, make an in-cabin reservation for your pet.

Settling in

Many pets need time to adjust to their new surroundings. Many may experience stress or anxiety as they settle, which is perfectly normal. While every animal is different, experts consider the following for basic care.


Keep your cat in one room with their litter box, bed, food, water, and toys to let them get comfortable before allowing them free reign of the home. Make sure the room has a window and visit them frequently for cuddles and enrichment! If a cat lived in your new home previously, do a full deep clean to eliminate their scent and trace. This way when your cat is settling in, they don’t feel threatened.


Set up your dog’s space right away. The location doesn’t necessarily matter, it’s more about providing a place for your pet to relax and unwind while you unpack. Try to maintain as much of their routine as possible and provide them with opportunities to get excess energy out. This is also a great way to explore your new neighborhood.

Comfortable in No Time

Two people playing on the living room floor with their dog.

Similar to the mortgage process, moving with pets requires preplanning and a diligent action plan. Although we can’t drive your moving truck, our experienced Loan Originators can help you arrive at your new home with financing that works with your needs. When you’re ready to get started, contact us today.

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