6 Tips for Moving to Little Rock with Cats and Dogs

By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 

Moving with Pets - Moving BoxesMoving your household is a rough process, and it only gets tougher if you have four-legged family members who are moving with you to Little Rock. If you have dogs, cats, or both, then here are a few, simple things you can do to help them through the moving process to Little Rock.

Tip #1: Have One, Final Vet Visit

Some pets don't like going to the vet, but if you're moving it's crucial to be sure your animals get one, final exam. This is doubly critical if you're moving far enough away that you'll have to get a new vet, or if an airplane is going to be involved. Make positive you get the pet’s vaccine records, medications, and any other paperwork you are going to require. If you delay until you are far away from your vet to get this done, it can be a large, unnecessary pain to add on top of your move.

Tip #2: Board Your Pets (If You Can)

Boarding can be rough on pets who have separation anxiety, but it's many times a better answer in the long-run if you're moving to a new residence. If you board your pets for loading day and unloading day then you do not have to fret about them being bothersome, there is not a chance of them running out of the yard, and you aren't constantly keeping track of them. It saves time, worry, and risk, which can help your move go much more calmly.

Tip #3: Preserve as Much Routine as Possible

Our pets thrive on routine, and they could be unsure when it isn’t what they expect. Changes in routine might be a threat, so it tends to result in all kinds of extra worry on their part. So, you should try to plan your move to Little Rock so that it upsets your animals’ routines (as well as your own) as little as possible. Let them get accustomed to what is happening gradually, and they will react much better. Also, when you move them, make sure you bring the things they know and love with them when you can. Favorite toys and blankets can act like a security blanket, and help your pets stay calmer throughout the process.

Tip #4: Make Sure Your Pets Are Used to Their Traveling Accommodations

Whether you own dogs or cats, you don't want to pick them up, throw them in the car, and begin driving one day. You should take the time to get your pets accustomed to traveling. For instance, if you own a cat, place their crate on the floor with the door open. Let them get used to it being there, and give them an opportunity to explore it. If you own a canine, get them accustomed to a crate, or a kennel. Take them on progressively longer car rides, and get them accustomed to being passengers if you can. The more care you can allow getting your pets on-board with moving (even if they're not ever really going to like it), the simpler things are going to be.

Tip #5: Identification

Be certain and keep identification on your pet at all times. If something terrible occurs and your pet gets lost in the craziness of the move, how else will they find their way back to you? Make sure that their collar is sized correctly and that their tag includes a phone number that will not be disconnected during the move.

Tip #6: Chill Out... Your Pets Are Watching

Moving is an anxious time, there's no arguing about that. Even if everything goes perfectly (which it hardly ever does), you are going to have moments where you just want to lay on the floor and throw a good, old-fashioned temper tantrum. No matter how insane things get, though, it's vital for you to not forget that little eyes are watching you, and that you may be startling them.

Your furry family members are most likely under a lot of stress from the whole process of moving. New things are appearing without explanation, familiar things are going away, and there are strangers showing up all the time. So, take a moment, take a breath, and remember that your pets need you to be calm and reassuring for them. Otherwise it might tip them over the edge of the stress meter.