Moving is one of those things that always sounds easy, until you try to actually do it. Something always crops up to throw a kink into your plans, and it makes what should be a simple operation that much more complicated. Which is why if you have pets it’s important to remember that an ounce of prevention really is worth a pound of cure when it comes to moving house.

If you have four-legged friends, keep some of the following pieces of advice in mind.

Tip #1: Start Early, Change Gradually

Our pets don’t like change, as a rule. As such, it’s a good idea to start packing early, and to do it gradually so they can get used to the process. Also, according to the ASPCA, if you keep your pet in a familiar spot that you’re going to pack up last, it can help them cope with the changes going on in the rest of your abode.

Tip #2: Get Your Pets Used To Travel

It’s easier to travel with dogs than with cats, but getting both used to the idea of leaving the house helps. Especially if they only time they leave is to go to the vet, which is stressful all by itself. PetFinder suggests that you leave the carrier out, put their favorite toys or blanket in it, and get them used to it. Short trips to the park, or to see friends, may also help create positive associations for dogs with getting into the car. Cats, generally speaking, would prefer to remain in their own territory. As such, don’t stress them unnecessarily.

Tip #3: Contact Your Vet

This one seems obvious, but a lot of people forget it. If you’re leaving the area, you need to make sure you have all your pet’s documentation, and that all their essentials are up-to-date according to You Move Me. It’s much better to do this before you move, than when you show up in a place you’re not familiar with. Especially if they place you’re moving requires inspections, licensing, etc. for those moving into the state with pets.

Tip #4: Feed Them Before You Leave (and Stop For Bathroom Breaks)

Generally speaking, if you feed your pet before you leave, they will be fine for up to 12 hours afterward. You will need to stop for bathroom breaks as you drive, though, and according to Pets Welcome you should give them water every 2 hours or so to keep them hydrated. This won’t be as important for short moves, but it can make a big difference in longer ones.

Tip #5: Keep Your Pets Away From The Activity

With your door constantly opening and closing, and you trying to cart out heavy furniture in addition to boxes of everything you own, the last thing you have time for is keeping an eye on your pets. So either keep them in a room that can be closed off, take them to a friend’s house, or if you can afford it, board them. It will make everything go that much more smoothly.

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