We’ve covered making the moving process easier for kids, we’ve talked about making moving easier for parents, but there is one important part of the family we’ve yet to mention: These family members may have four legs, a tail, and all the love in the world (unless they’re cats). In order to have a move goes as seamlessly as possible, you need to consider all those affected by moving, and pets are absolutely no exception.

Whether you just have your beloved feline named Fluffy or your house resembles that of a small zoo, it’s important to make sure your pets have a smooth move and transition to your new abode. Moving can be stressful for everyone, but it doesn’t have to be. Work with the experts at Scott’s Oceana Moving to get the moving services you need to make this process a worry-free one. As a Top Rated Local® moving company in Virginia Beach, we are here to make sure your moving needs are met (and Fluffy’s too). Check out how to make moving easier for pets and get a free quote from Scott’s Oceana Moving!

Before the Move

Unlike with kids, preparing for a move can pretty much be business for usual with your pets. If you have a pet that has slightly higher needs (like a new puppy), some additional things might need to be taken into consideration. For example, if your dog is prone to chewing and gnawing on some objects, they might be curious about some new and unfamiliar objects that are showing themselves around the home. Keep an eye out if you see any behaviors that are undesirable, and respond to them accordingly.

Similarly, cats have this tendency to lounge and/or play in pretty much every surface or area that isn’t the cat castle you bought them. If your cat loves playing with boxes (read: ripping them apart) you might want to keep them away from where you’re packing in order to maximize efficiency, as well as not lose any boxes in the process.

During the Move

The best practices for moving with a pet somewhat vary depending on where you’re moving. Which makes sense, because moving across the street looks pretty different than moving across the country. Take a look at some tips to consider during the move:

Short Distance

If your move is to a new place that’s relatively close (like less than 30 minutes away), your animal might be just fine with accompanying you to the new digs. If you’re a little nervous about how they’ll do in the new location, you can always consider dropping your pet off with a friend or family member until you feel ready to bring them into your place.

In the event you’ll be moving to a location that’s a few hours away, this requires a bit more planning with your pet. Either instance would warrant hiring a moving company to help, because it would absolutely make for an easier transition for everyone. However, moving a few hours away could save you from having to take several trips, as well as save you from adding hundreds of miles onto your car. The smartest choice in this instance is to work with the moving specialists at Scott’s Oceana Moving. We can safely move all of your boxes, as well as help out with loading and unloading, so that you can focus on you and your pet. Save yourself the hassle—call Scott’s instead.

Long Distance

While we might be known as a premier local moving company in Virginia Beach, we can also help you with a long-distance move. This is highly recommended regardless of pets, but even more of a reason to hire movers and packers. When your move is going to take an entire day (or longer) to arrive at your new location, this can put a lot of strain on a pet (and pet owners alike).

Let a moving company cover the transportation so that you don’t have to worry about having a Labradoodle frantically moving about in the cramped cabin space of a rented moving truck. Not to mention, making frequent stops with a huge trailer is less than ideal. You could either drive the distance with your pup in tow, taking your time as the moving company takes care of it all, or you could look into traveling by air as well. Flying with your feline or dog might make for a much easier transition than driving from coast to coast.

No matter which way you end up transporting yourself and your pet, make sure that they will be able to have access to food, water, and breaks along the way. Having a moving company take care of all your belongings means you have less to worry about, which will make an incredible difference come moving day.

After the Move

Packing is finished, the truck is loaded, your keys are turned in, and now you’ve finally arrived at your new home. How can you help your dog or cat or iguana adjust to their new surroundings as quickly as possible?

  • Maintain consistency. If your pet has always been able to run out the door to the yard, try to accommodate that as much as possible. Start by using a leash to ensure safety, and walk your dog repeatedly around the perimeter of your new property, or consider getting an invisible fence installed as needed. If your pet loves sleeping in their crate at night, set it up as soon as you can to give them some semblance of home one more. By making this home reminiscent of your previous one, you are taking an active role in helping your pet make sense of their surroundings.
  • Avoid overwhelming them. All of a sudden your pet is in a new place which they’ve likely never seen before. Take them into the empty house or apartment before the boxes and furniture start making their way in so that they can explore safely. Exhibit patience, and take things slow when it comes to moving things in. Likely, your animal will be just fine, but if you start to see nervous behaviors, slow things down and give them plenty of attention.
  • Help them adapt. For dogs, take them on walks throughout the neighborhood as you normally would, following the same route at first for a few walks or so. Give your pets the same attention you normally would — and then some — to continue encouraging them in this new environment.

If you see signs that your pet is struggling in this new environment, keep repeating the same steps listed above, and give it a little bit of time. Seeing the same behaviors persist a month after moving into your new place? Talk with a veterinarian for additional tips to help your animal adapt.

No matter where you move with your pet, you both are on an exciting new adventure. Moving can undoubtedly be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. Our team of moving experts are committed to making sure you have the best moving experience (and that your pets do, too). From packing, unpacking, furniture assembly and more, our moving company can do it all. Get a free quote from a moving company you can trust, call Scott’s Oceana Moving of Virginia Beach today.