We know that moving is a little bit stressful for everyone, including your dog, cat, hamster, parrot or another pet you take care of. Most of us consider pets as family members, but during the move, we often forget that they might feel anxious too.

Unfortunately, pets cannot speak and ask simple questions themselves: Why do you put everything into the boxes? Who are these people coming to our home and taking furniture away? Where is my favorite toy or sleeping spot? Moreover, they cannot explain their confusion coming up at a new home.

We know that it is challenging to move with pets. However it is manageable if you start planning and have in mind the following tips.

1. Check state laws and regulations

The majority of states have their own laws and regulations regarding pets. Therefore, you may need a special vaccination or get some documents prepared.  You should contact the town hall in your destination state, vet or animal control facility to know what certificates you may need.

2. Visit your vet

Following the first tip, you should visit the vet and ask for necessary certificates and verification that your animal does not have any infectious diseases. You should get your pet’s medical records too.

Additionally, you can consult your vet on how to treat your pet during the move or traveling across the states. They can suggest specific behavior techniques or medication.

3. Find a place for your pet during the move day

On the move day, you should take your pet to a friend’s house, bring your dog or cat to care center or at least find the quietest place at your home. Moving noise and activities often make your pet feel stressed.

If you keep your pet locked in the quietest room, you should not forget to leave a water bowl and food. Also, check on them once in a while: chat a little (no shame, we all do that), play for a while or take for a walk outside.

4. Prepare an overnight kit

Just like you, your pet might get hungry or thirsty during the move. Therefore, you should prepare an easily-accessible kit that includes food, litter box, toys,  grooming tools or over needed equipment while you travel or for the first few unpacking days.

5. Take your pet in your car

Your cat or dog would feel better in your car. Familiar smells and seeing their owner make them feel less stressful. However, you should think of animal safety too. Small cats or dogs can be put in the carrier at the back seat and secured with a seatbelt. A bigger dog can travel in the kennel in the back of the car, or where it normally sits during the travels.

6. Change pet’s information

Once you moved, change information on tags or microchip information in case your pet gets lost and needs help to find the way back home.

After the move, it is also recommended to find a new vet and check up your pet, let your pet to adapt to a new environment or climate changes, and take extra care of them. You furry family member would appreciate that a lot.