Moving is hard enough for humans, but when it comes to moving pets,  a whole different level of planning is required as you go from one home to the next.

Many families have a dog, cat, or other animal, and making sure you’re prepared to move your pet – as well as yourself – can save you tons of stress when completing a home move. It can be hard to predict how your animal will respond to a change in living environment, but over the years we’ve come up with some helpful tips for moving pets that can make the process a little easier.


Everyone knows that when dogs are put in stressful situations, they can act up, become sad, or even aggressive on short notice. This can lead to them having an accident on the carpet, chewing on furniture, or crying loudly due to the commotion.

-When you’re moving, purchase some doggy diapers to prevent accidents in your new home.

-Bring objects that the dog is familiar with to the new home such as toys, beds, or blankets.

-Take your dog to the veterinarian before you complete your home move to make sure they are healthy enough for a move. They may even be able to provide you with anxiety relievers to calm the dog down during the move.

-If your dog’s collar has information such as an address on it, be sure to update it to your new home address and phone number before moving day.

-Most moving companies will not handle a dog move, so make sure you prepare alternate arrangements of getting the dog from one location to the next. We recommend a crate or sectioned-off area in your own personal vehicle.


Moving with cats requires extra attention to detail because if there’s one thing everyone knows about cats, it’s that they can be super unpredictable.

-Keep your cat away from the moving commotion as much as possible to keep them from feeling stressed out or anxious.

-Speak to a veterinarian beforehand to ensure the cat is able to move, and get prescribed medication if necessary.

-Much like dogs, moving companies will not handle a cat move. Arrange for a comfortable crate that can be put in your personal vehicle to get your cat from your old home to your new home.


-Help to lower the stress level of the fish by putting them in darker areas during transport.

-Regulate the temperature of the fish bag when moving the fish, because temperatures can change rapidly.

-Try to prevent shaking or instability while moving a fish in order to prevent distress for the pet. This can be done by placing the fish in an insulated container with bubble wrap.

-Make sure the new aquarium they are being placed into at the new home is clean and fresh with the same water temperature as it was before.


Birds are relatively easy to move because they can remain in their normal cage and be placed in a car, and traveling tends not to affect them as badly as other animals.

-Make sure the cage remains upright throughout the transportation process by placing them in a secure area.

Small Animals

Hamsters, gerbils, and guinea pigs are usually what fall under this category, and their moving usually involves traveling in the cage they are normally in.

-Make sure their cage is stable and sealed completely so they aren’t able to escape during the chaotic moving hours.

-Cover their container with a towel or blanket to eliminate stress from the light and movement.

-Regulate the temperature of the cage when transporting them from one home to the next.

We hope these tips for moving with pets were helpful and that you – and your furry friends – are able to get to your new home with ease! If you’re looking to book an upcoming move, give the “Movers Who Care” at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK a call or click here for more moving details.

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11 thoughts on “TWO MEN AND A TRUCK tips for moving with pets

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