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Follow these simple tips to allow your pets to adjust during your next move

-Written by Christina Baker

Moving is a hectic time for everyone. There is an endless to-do list and your mind may seem as though it’s in a million different places at once. With that said, it’s important not to forget about your pet as you make your move.

Whether this pet be a dog, cat, fish, smaller animal, etc., helping them throughout the move will impact how they adjust to their new home. Moving may come with its challenges, but don’t let giving your pet a new home be one of them! Follow these tips on how to best help your pet adjust to their new atmosphere. 

Dogs

  • Make sure your dog’s health is a top priority during this move. Take them to their vet to make sure they are healthy enough to be included in the moving process, as this will ensure that both you and them have a better moving experience.
  • Introduce your dog to the movers! Dogs can be very protective over their family. Make sure you show your dog that your movers are not a threat to them or their family. This will help to calm them down and become familiar with these new people.
  • Carry objects that remind them of home! To help keep your dog calm during this crazy time, try to carry a toy or small blanket on you that will help to distract them.
  • Since most moving companies don’t handle moving animals, be sure to have other arrangements for them. We recommend keeping a crate in your car to help move them from home to the next.

Cats

  • It’s no secret that cats can be very anxious. Help them through the move by making sure they have a quiet place to themselves far from all the moving commotion.
  • Be sure to have a crate in the car for your cat when moving. Try to have objects such as toys and bedding in the crate so your cat is more comfortable in the car ride.
  • Talk to your veterinarian before the move to check if your cat needs any type of medication to help keep them calm during the moving process.

Fish

  • To help your fish better acclimate to their new environment, start by cleaning out their tank the morning of your move.
  • Drain all the water out, take any toys out of the tank and clean those as well.
  • Put your fish in a secure bag or container with clean water for the trip.
  • Once you’ve arrived in your new home, put fresh water into the new tank and put your fish back into their tank!

Small Animals

  • Small pets usually include hamsters, guinea pigs, and gerbils, who may also need help adjusting to a move.
  • Small pets can travel in their normal cages, just be sure their cage is sealed so they cannot escape during this hectic time.
  • Its extremely important to regulate the temperature of their cage to help keep them healthy during the move.

We hope you enjoyed reading these tips for moving with your pets!

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Follow these simple tips to complete a flawless move for your pets

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Moving to a new home comes with a seemingly endless list of things to remember and take care of – from hiring professional movers, packing, changing utilities, and so on.

With all of this on your mind as you get ready to move forward in life, there is another aspect you might forget about: moving your pets. We all love our pets – whether it be a dog, cat, bird, a smaller animal, a reptile, or something else – but moving also requires a plan for getting these pet friends to your new home, too.

While our moving teams at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK aren’t able to transport your furry friends in our moving trucks, we do have some helpful tips below to get you on the right track!

Dogs

  • Dogs can be territorial and full of anxiety when new people are around or there is commotion in your home. Have a treat bag ready to relax your dog when movers arrive. They may even want to give your pup a few treats, too!
  • When driving to your new home, it’s recommended to use a crate or dog cage to ensure the safety of your pet and everyone in the car.
  • Be sure to visit the vet before you complete your move to ensure they’re healthy enough to be involved in this process. They may even able to provide your dog with anxiety medication to help calm them down. If you need to find a new vet office, you can also ask for recommendations.
  • Bring objects your dog is familiar with such as a bed, toy, or blanket during transit to help keep them relaxed as they work towards easing into your new home.
  • If your dog has a collar with owner information on it, it’s important to update that info if needed.

Cats

  • Much like dogs can be, cats are very territorial and skeptical to strangers. Try to keep them away from the commotion as much as possible. It’s always a good idea to have them in a quiet room while the movers are in and out of your home. That minimizes stress and it’s less likely they’ll escape through open doors.
  • Bring familiar objects that you know your cat likes – a toy, bedding, etc. – to help calm their nerves.
  • When traveling with a cat, a crate or cage is also the best way to transport them This will give them their own space to help keep them comfortable during the trip.
  • Gradually introduce your cat to its new home by limiting it to one room at a time which helps them to acclimate slowly.

Fish

  • Traveling is very stressful for fish, so the best option is to place them in a bag of new and clean water from their aquarium with as little of a crowd as possible in the bag. Place the bag in an insulated cooler during transport.
  • Let the filter in their fish tank run for a few hours before returning fish into their tank, and try to limit their time away from their normal habitat to less than 48 hours.

Small Pets

  • Anything from a gerbil to a guinea pig or hamster can be sensitive to the process of moving. One important area to keep an eye on is temperature change.
  • These animals are able to travel in their normal cages, but be sure the cages are sealed properly so they don’t escape during the trip.

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TWO MEN AND A TRUCK tips for moving with pets

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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.

Dogs

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.

Cats

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.

Fish

-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

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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Summer months provide the best time frame for home moving

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-Written by Anna Stephens

While you and your family have been enjoying the summer season, our movers at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® have been helping thousands of people move forward the last few months. There’s no doubt that summer is the busiest time of year to move, but why is that exactly? We’ve assembled a list of 10 summer moving benefits to keep in mind when it comes time to relocate your home.

  1. School year gap. Moving during the summer lets your kids get settled in their new home without having school on their minds. If you move to a new city, the summer affords the opportunity for the kids (and the adults) to make new friends before the school season begins.
  2. Sports season gap. You won’t miss out on any football, March Madness, NBA playoffs, or postseason baseball games. Plus, your kids won’t have to pause in the middle of their sports seasons, either.
  3. No snow or ice. If you live in colder climates, you have the comfort of knowing you won’t slip on ice while moving things out of the home.
  4. Garage sale season. As you’re packing, throw the items you no longer need into a garage sale pile. It’s an exciting way to start fresh and make a little money. For most areas in the country, the spring and summer months are perfect for having garage sales.
  5. Social events. Barbecues and outdoor events held in the summer months are easy ways to meet your new neighbors.
  6. Real estate market timing. Spring and summer months are the best months to list your home based on average rate of sale. Specifically, homes listed during early May and June are sold faster on average than any other months.
  7. Summer weather. You’ll need to have doors open frequently as you move belongings from your house to the truck, and light summer breezes are completely bearable compared to blustery, winter winds. Depending on where you live, temperatures are somewhat easy to predict and stable. This makes your planning process much easier.
  8. Work flexibility. Some companies offer more schedule flexibility during the summer, so taking a few days off of work to pack is less of an inconvenience.
  9. Longer days. More daylight during the summer months means you can get everything checked off your to-do list while it’s still bright outside.
  10.  Renovation time. If you are looking to renovate your new home, that’s much easier to do in the summer. Especially when those renovations are exterior or involve landscaping.

When the time comes for your family to move, let us do the heavy lifting! At TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, we strive to provide our customers with the most excellent customer service and take the stress out of moving, regardless of the season. For your local or long-distance moving needs, reach out to your local franchise for a free estimate today.

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Creating a stress-free moving environment for your favorite pets

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-Written by Anna Stephens

Even if you know your furry friend better than anyone, it is hard to predict how they will act when moving time comes. Every pet responds differently to change, so it is best to be over-prepared and take all necessary precautions to ensure the safety of your pets, children, and furniture. Here are a few tips for moving your pets to a new home.

Dogs on the move

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Dogs can become mopey, sad, or even aggressive when they are in stressful situations like moving, and they could act on these emotions in various ways. Dogs are known to gnaw on furniture and corners of walls, urinate on carpets, or cry loudly when they are stressed.

Quick tips:

  • Put your dog in doggy day care during the first few weeks while no one is home to watch them. This will prevent any damage they may do while they’re recovering from the stress of the move.
  • Purchase doggy diapers to prevent urination in your new home.
  • Take your dog to their veterinarian before the move to make sure they are healthy enough to move. Get multiple weeks’ worth of any prescriptions they have, so you have plenty of time to find a different vet in your new location. In extreme cases, you can get a prescription of anxiety relievers for your dog.
  • If your dog’s collar tag has your current address, update the tag before you move, so it’s ready to be switched on moving day. Also, change the phone number on the tag if your area code changed.
  • Our movers do not move any living things, so make sure you have safe and comfortable arrangements for your dog on move day. We recommend a crate or sectioned off area in your personal vehicle that will be comfortable and temperature-controlled.
  • Bring familiar objects to comfort your dog such as their favorite blanket, toys, and treats.
  • Assign a moving buddy for your dog. Pick a family member to keep your dog company. Also, be sure your pet is well fed, take it for walks, and give it plenty of affection to ensure they don’t feel forgotten about.

Cats on the move

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Cats are tricky when it comes to moving because of their sensitive and quirky personalities. Cats are hyper-aware of their surroundings, so they will feel uncomfortable with any major change. When stressed, cats may run away, hide, or become more aggressive.

Quick tips:

  • Speak to your veterinarian before the trip to ensure they are healthy enough to move, and stock up on prescription medicine if necessary.
  • While packing your current home and moving in to your new home, keep your cat away from the commotion and behind a closed door with their favorite play toys, plenty of food and water, and litter box.
  • Our movers do not move living things, so it’s important you have safe and comfortable arrangements for transporting your cat to the new home. The safest option is to crate your cat and transport it in your car so the temperature and environment are controlled.
  • Change their collar tags before your move to match your new phone number and address.

Fish on the move

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Fish are very sensitive to their environments, so you should plan far in advance how you will transport them. You should prepare to transport your fish at the last possible second, because they are not meant to stay in small containers for more than a day or two. You can either transport your fish in a plastic bag with clean water, or a brand new sealed and large plastic container.

Quick tips:

  • Make sure your fish don’t endure much shaking or instability, as it’s extremely stressful for them when they’re exposed to great amounts of movement. You can secure the fish by placing them in an insulated container with bubble wrap connecting the fish bag and container to ensure it stays upright.
  • Regulate the temperature of the fish bags because changes in temperature can make the fish sick. Take the temperature of the aquarium prior to moving, and keep it consistent throughout the move.
  • Reduce stress of the fish by placing them in darker areas during transport.
  • Don’t feed your fish while you’re transporting them so the water stays as clean as possible.
  • Make sure the aquarium is totally clean when you move into your new home and the water temperature is the same as it was before.
  • Avoid putting lights directly overhead of the aquarium after the move so the fish can recover from the stress endured while being transported.

Small animals on the move

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Small animals such as gerbils, hamsters, and guinea pigs can travel in the cage they live in. Make sure the container is stable and sealed completely so they cannot escape.

Some quick tips:

  • Cover the container with a towel so they endure less stress from the light and movement during the move.
  • Regulate the temperature of the cage by transporting them in a location where temperature can be controlled, such as your personal car.

Birds on the move

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Birds are fairly easy to transport because they can remain in the cage they live in. Most birds enjoy traveling in the car, but every bird will behave differently.

Some quick tips:

  • Take your pet bird to the vet to ensure you have the proper documents and health certificates, as some states require that.
  • Keep treats handy to make the moving experience a positive one.
  • Make sure the cage remains upright throughout the transportation process by placing them in a secure area.

Regulate their temperature throughout the move, including the amount of time they are in the sun.

We hope this provided helpful tips for you and your pets to experience a stress-free moving experience. For more information, check out our moving with pets checklist. We also offer several items made for your furry friends on our TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Gear Site.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the first and largest franchised moving company in the United States. Let us help move you forward! For more helpful tips and information on moving services subscribe to our blog and like us on Facebook.

Helping The Cause, Gaining A Friend

-Written by Erik Sargent

A life without pets is a life many people could not imagine, as animals have become integral members of families all around the globe.

The joy a dog or cat can bring to every member in a household can’t be measured, and the love people have for their animals has no limits. Unfortunately, many of these animals are reliant on living in animal shelters to stay alive, and they miss out on the style of life that is fit for them.

That’s why the people here at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® have taken the initiative to help these animals in need, and how the Movers for Mutts program began. Each fall, the program partners with local businesses, schools, and organizations across the country to collect food, toys, and other items pets may need.

The program – like all TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® community service programs – has been a great success, and has brought joy to both the animals and the people involved. With these events, new relationships have developed, and many employees from TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® that went in to help walked away with a new friend.

Here are a few of those great stories of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® employees walking away with a new pet after participating in Movers for Mutts.

Jessica Chapman – Marketing Specialist – Akron, Ohio

Working out of the Akron franchise, Jessica was on her way to a local animal shelter to drop of flyers for the upcoming Movers for Mutts event. What started as a work-related trip ended with a new member at her home.first-sight

“I had no clue I would be getting a fluffy puppy this year. I went to the shelter to drop off some flyers for our event, and I walked out with a fur baby,” Chapman said. “After the first time I held him, I knew I couldn’t put him down. We’ve had Bentley for three weeks and he’s been on three trips, so it’s a good thing he likes to travel.”

Bentley was an unexpected surprise for Jessica, but he’s a good example of how TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® community service events like Movers for Mutts can make a major impact.

“Bentley is a perfect example of how Movers for Mutts can change an animal’s life,” Chapman said. “I wasn’t planning on getting a dog, but I was at the rescue for Movers for Mutts, and now Bentley has a home he can feel safe to be a puppy in.”

Jenni Hargrove – Marketing Director – Nashville, Tenn.

Jenni was a part of the Movers for Mutts at the Nashville franchise, and going in, had absolutely no intention of adopting a pet, she already had a dog of her own.movers-for-muttes-leela

“I definitely did not want to adopt a pet before the event. We had a dog already and lived in an apartment, so I didn’t want to adopt another dog until we moved into a house,” Hargove said.

Despite her intentions not to adopt, a certain puppy – Leela – was determined to get her attention, and it paid off for both.

“We met Leela at the event and she actually wouldn’t stop jumping into my lap every time I had to sit down to do something,” Hargrove said. “She was really energetic and sociable, just like our other dog, so I asked my husband to drive home and get our 3-year-old dog so they could meet.”

The meet and greet with their other dog went well, and Leela was on her way to her new home.

Anissa Manuel – Sales and Marketing Coordinator – Virginia Beach, Va.

Anissa works for the Virginia Beach franchise, and this year decided to make some donations to a local animal shelter to help support the Movers for Mutts campaign. She didn’t have any plans of adopting a dog, but a text message from a friend changed her mind.babzoe

“I was talking to my friend who volunteers at the shelter, I was telling her about Movers for Mutts, and that I was going to donate our items to that shelter in particular,” Manuel said. “She texted me about puppies, and I ran right there after work.”

Anissa was helping donate to the Movers for Mutts cause, and soon after, ended up meeting her new friend, Zoe.

“I adopted a sweet little puppy named Zoe. She’s about two months old,” Manuel said. “I love my Zoe, she’s a handful – which is to be expected – but she’s sure the cutest and happiest dog I’ve ever met.”

Kristin Touart – Marketing Manager – Alpharetta, Ga.

Kristin works out of the Alpharetta franchise in Georgia, and unlike the three others in this story, walked away with a new pet that wasn’t a dog.jax

“I had no idea or plans at all, it was random and spontaneous,” Touart said. “I was at a vet partner location to drop off boxes and flyers and one thing lead to another, and I ended up with a kitten.”

The kitten was a welcomed addition to Kristin’s family, as her daughter has taken kindly to the new furry friend in the house. Kristin is big on animal rights and has a soft spot for animals, and she was glad to make a difference in the kitten’s life.

“I’m happy I was able to give one kitten a home and make room for another homeless animal to take his place,” Touart said. “Serving our community is a way for us to share our success and resources with others. It’s a fun way to live out our core values and that shows the public what TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is all about!”

 

To learn more about the Movers for Mutts program and how you can get involved, visit our community service page. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is committed to supporting the communities we proudly serve. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the first and largest franchised moving company in the U

Take the ‘ruff’ out of moving: Tips for transitioning your pets

Guest blog by Amy Burkert

Moving with petsPacking up your whole life and relocating to a new city – or even a new country – is exciting and stressful. There are myriad unknowns, and when your family includes pets, you’re likely to experience additional challenges and questions. To alleviate some of the stress, begin preparing well in advance of your move. These tips will help you and your pets on the big day:

Secure your pet. If you are able, give one person in your family responsibility for your pet. Leading up to the move, this person should try to spend extra time with your pet to help them feel more secure as you’re packing and preparing to leave.

Update identification tags. Update your pet’s identification tags before your move. Include your mobile phone number so you can be contacted while you’re traveling. Also consider having a microchip implanted in your pet to assist them in getting back to you if they become lost either during the move or while they’re becoming acclimated to your new home.

Research laws. Do some research on the local laws where you’ll be living, especially if you have a dog classified as a restricted breed. Communities across the country have instituted laws banning or restricting more than 100 different breeds of dogs. It’s important to contact the local government offices where you’re moving to ensure compliance with their laws and for information on securing licenses for your pets.

Plan your trip. Driving is the least expensive way of moving your pet. And it can be the most fun! What’s better than a road trip, after all? Using a pet-friendly road trip planner will allow you to map your route and find restaurants, dog parks, and hotels along the way. If you need to make hotel reservations, confirm the location’s pet policy which will accommodate your entire family.

Stay on schedule. Maintain your pet’s feeding and exercise schedule as much as possible to help reduce any anxiety they may feel about moving. Set up a reminder in your phone to help you track feedings and exercise.

Pack a go-bag. Include all your pets’ most important items in one bag so they are easily accessible while on the road. Here is a list to get you started:

1. Food and treats; for canned food don’t forget the can opener!
2. Drinking water: If your pet’s stomach is easily upset, it pays to take some drinking water to give your pet time to adjust.
3. Food and water bowls: Portable bowls pack easily.
4. Your vet’s telephone number and the telephone number for the National Animal Poison Control Center: (888) 426-4435
5. Photos of your pet: In case your pet gets separated from you, having a current photo allows you to create posters quickly and can be used to prove the pet belongs to you.
6. A roll of paper towels for muddy paws and other messes.
7. An old towel in the event inclement weather becomes a factor.
8. Your pet’s bed and a few toys: To make them more comfortable if you spend the night in unfamiliar locations, these items will provide some comfort.
9. All of their medications, vitamins, supplements, etc.
10. Plastic bags to pick up after them along the way.
11. First aid kit.

Getting Settled In

When you arrive in your new home, place your pet’s bed or crate and a few of their favorite toys in a quiet spot away from the unpacking activities. This gives them a refuge in which they can relax and settle. Once you’ve caught your breath, ask local friends to recommend a veterinarian, then set up an appointment to introduce yourself and your pet. Providing them with a copy of your pet’s medical records will save time in case your pet should require emergency treatment.

Dogs and cats go through a similar adjustment period as people do when moving to a new home. Until they become familiar with their new house and neighborhood, take care that they don’t get startled and try to escape. Help them understand this is “home” by spending extra time with them, encourage them to explore new rooms by placing toys and treats inside, and use blankets, beds, and toys with their scent on them for the first few weeks. Develop a new routine by feeding them at the same time and in the same place each day. Within a few weeks they should have made the adjustment and be content in their new environment.

About the Author: A true pet travel expert, Amy Burkert, runs the award-winning pet travel website, GoPetFriendly.com, which makes it easy to plan a trip with your entire family. Her blog, Take Paws, is an encyclopedia of pet travel tips, pet friendly destination guides, and stories of the adventures she and her husband share as they travel full-time in their Winnebago with their dogs, Ty and Buster.

Moving with pets: Transport best practices

Guest blog written by Alana Stevenson

Long-distance, and even local, moves can mean longer car rides than usual for your pets. With a little planning, you and your pets will be road-ready, making that first introduction to their new surroundings a positive and smooth experience.

Alana• If they are not already, get your animals micro chipped, and ensure you update the chip with your new address and any changing phone numbers.

• Consider getting pet tracking collars, especially if you are taking a longer road trip which involves overnight stays. For larger pets, consider GPS collars such as The Pet Tracker, and for smaller animals, like cats or small dogs, collars such as the Cat Locator (www.TheCatLocator.com) are a good choice.

• Ensure your pets’ collars have tags and that all contact information is up-to-date.

• Examine your car space for the trip. The more room you have in the car for yourself and your animals, the less stress you will experience. The more space your animals have, the more comfortable they will generally feel. If you’re able, invest in a rooftop cargo box for your car. You can pack as much as you can in the cargo box and leave the necessary essentials inside the car, freeing up space.

• If your animals are traveling in the wagon area, the flooring is not cushioned or padded, so they will feel every bump, vibration, and pothole. Buy foam padding (often available at large craft stores) to line the surface area. You can then cover the foam padding with a large sheet or blanket, making the car ride much more comfortable.

• For cats, large, soft dog crates can be great for travel. They are also foldable. You can use smaller soft crates for transporting your pets to the hotel room and larger soft crates in the car or SUV where animals can nestle for longer trips. Many dogs and cats prefer soft crates over hard wire crates or plastic cabin crates. (Many standard cat carriers are too small for most cats).

• Afraid of pet accidents in the carrier or crate? Line the bottom of carriers and crates with unscented potty pads or urinary incontinence pads made for adults. These are large, square or rectangular in shape and include a plastic lining on one side and absorbent cotton material on the other.

• Think of potty options for your pets. Cats may need to get out of the carrier to use litter boxes, especially for longer journeys. If this is the case, keep the doors of the car closed at all times when your cats are out of the carrier. Always put your cats back into carriers before opening car doors.

• Another option for cats is to place them in large crates with a litter box on one side and cat bed or comfy dome style bed on the other. It’s not a fun way to travel, but it does give your cats an option to use the litter box.

• Keep your dog on a leash when getting out of the car. The motion of the car may cause car sickness, and animals may also have to potty more frequently.

• Keep food and perishables, including any pet medications, in the car. Have a cooler so wet and canned food or any pet medications do not overheat.

• Bring cleaning products – paper towels, enzyme cleaner, small trash bags, pet wipes or unscented baby wipes, and extra towels or baby blankets to clean up any accidents or messes during the trip.

• Driving solo and need to make a pit stop? Park directly in front of the building and turn on your hazards. Ultimately it’s best to not leave your animals alone in the car whenever possible.

• If you are driving with a partner, take fuel, restroom and meal breaks in tandem so one person is always assigned to remain with the animals. If you must leave the animals, park the car so you are able to keep it in view at all times. When I travel with animals, I simply eat in the car.

• Get AAA. AAA has an online map that designates locations of hotels, as well as hotels and lodging that are pet-friendly. Call ahead to reserve hotel rooms and check on pet policies. LaQuinta Inns are all pet friendly.

• For cats, you might want to spray Feliway in the car before travel. Feliway is a synthetic pheromone that may have a slight calming effect for some cats.

• For dogs, have good bones, clean chewies or snacks so they can stay busy for parts of the car ride. Cats and other animals can also be given their favorite snacks and treats to make their car ride more pleasurable.

Copyright © Alana Stevenson 2013

Alana Stevenson is an Animal Behavior Specialist, Trainer and Animal Massage Therapist. She is the author of The Right Way the First Time and Training Your Dog the Humane Way, and the Feline Behaviorist for Life with Cats. She has been professionally resolving dog and cat behavioral problems for over ten years. She can be contacted through her website AlanaStevenson.com.

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Tips for Moving with Pets

Written by Claire Schneider

Moving with petsMoving is a big life event for the whole family, even for our beloved four-legged friends. When changes are made to their living environment, pets can become uncomfortable and stressed. They may seem anxious and nervous during the packing stages of moving because they don’t know what is happening. They likely have developed separation anxiety from past vacations and other stays away from their owners. Many animals, especially dogs, are known to be emotional and to have a natural fear of abandonment.

Premove prep

Because of the attachment to their owners, it is always prudent to pay special attention to pets early in the process. If possible, give them comfort by taking them to visit the new home before the actual move to familiarize them with their new surroundings.

Prior to moving day, pet owners who make a little extra effort on their furry friend’s behalf will be rewarded with a less anxious animal. Just being aware of your pet’s feelings, just as you would your child’s, will give him a sense of peace amid the managed chaos the day is sure to present. Giving pets as much affection as possible will also reassure them they are still being cared for.

“Moving is very stressful for a family,” said ASPCA President Larry Hawk, D.V.M. “That stress is also experienced by the pets. They want to know that they’re part of the family and that they’ll be going, too.”

Moving can be especially stressful for cats since they are more focused on their surroundings and don’t adapt easily to change. Disruption to their environment can cause them anxiety which may lead to behavior changes. The best thing you can do is to plan a moving strategy which creates the least amount of noticeable change.

If your animals are anything like mine, they tend to get nervous at the first sign of packing, even if it is just an overnight bag for a quick trip away. To reduce their stress, spread out your packing over several weeks and start packing rooms pets usually stay out of to keep packed boxes and belongings out of sight.

A few weeks before moving day, plan a visit to the vet. This is an ideal opportunity for a quick check-up and to ensure records are up-to-date; I recommend asking for a copy of their veterinary records. If necessary, you may also ask if they have any recommendations for veterinary clinics in your new town; you can research online reviews to select your new provider.

Moving day

Moving with petsIf you hired movers, let your pet get to know them before they start moving your items. Animals are very territorial and may be hesitant to welcome strangers into their home. Give the movers some time to introduce themselves to your pet by slowly petting them. Having treats handy for the movers to dole out is a surefire way to get fast acquainted with any cat or dog.

Has a family member been assigned to caring for the family pet on moving day? This could be one of your children, a friend, or family member. To ensure their safety, put animals in a blocked off area (using a baby gate or boxes) so they become a spectator of the action yet safely out of the fray. Putting them in an isolated room could cause them further stress since they know something is happening yet can’t see it. Make sure they have food, water and, of course, their favorite toys to keep them occupied.

When packing up the car, leave plenty of room for your animals. By giving them ample space, they will be more comfortable and relaxed during the drive to their new home.

Hitting a high note in the new home

Immediately introduce your pet to the new surroundings, allowing them to explore each room.  Don’t rush them. Bring in their food and water dishes, along with their toys, to make them more contented. To help with the adjustment, place familiar items in locations similar to the old house—at least for a period of time. Also, follow their current routines; they have had enough changes already.

Invest a little time in planning ahead for your furry and four-legged friends, and the move will be less stressful for your whole family.

Here are some helpful tips for moving with specific animals:

Cats:

• Before and after the move, surround your cat with familiar objects ― feeding and water bowls, toys, blanket, or bed. If you are using a crate, leave it in a place with which they can become familiar.

• Since cats are very sensitive to their environment, gradually introduce them to their surroundings by restricting them to one or two rooms at the onset.

Dogs:

• Like cats, dogs should be slowly introduced to their surroundings, then leashed outside until comfortable with the area.

• If you are unable to stay home the first few days following a move, consider arranging a friend or pet sitter to visit a couple of hours a day to ease your dog’s anxiety and to burn some healthy energy.

Fish:

• Traveling is the most difficult part of the moving process for fish. Place fish in bags with a mix of new water and clean water directly from their aquarium. The less the fish are crowded the better. Put rubber bands around the tops of bags and place the bags inside a dark, insulated cooler.

• Let the filter run for a few hours before returning your fish to their tank, and try to limit their time away from their normal habitat to less than 48 hours.

Birds:

• Use appropriate-sized carriers for birds and cover the bottom with litter. Remember to secure carrier doors with a clip from the outside. Keep the birds cool and protected from the sun at all times.

• Transport a supply of food and water from the previous house, then gradually switch from old to new supplies.

Small pets:

• Small pets such as gerbils, guinea pigs, and hamsters are more sensitive to drastic temperature changes. Take care to protect them from cold drafts or direct sunlight.

• These animals can travel in the cage they normally live in, but make sure it is well sealed so they cannot escape.

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