6 Tips for Moving to Wichita Falls with Cats and Dogs

By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 

Moving with Pets - Moving BoxesMoving your household can be a difficult task, and it only gets harder if you own four-legged family members who are moving with you to Wichita Falls. If you own dogs, cats, or both, then here are a few, easy tasks you need to do to make the moving process easier on them, and on yourself to Wichita Falls.

Tip #1: Have One, Final Vet Visit

Some pets do not relish in going to the vet, but if you are relocating it is crucial to make sure your animals get one, final checkup. This is doubly critical if you're moving across the country so that you will need to look for a new vet, or if a plane trip will be required to get to your new home state. Be certain you get proof of vaccinations, prescriptions, and any other paperwork you are going to need. If you wait until you are far away from your vet to accomplish this, it can be a huge, unwanted pain to add on top of your move.

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

Boarding might be stressful for animals who have separation anxiety, but it's many times a feasible solution in the long-run if you're moving to a new house. If you board your animals for moving day then you do not have to worry about them being in the way, there is not a chance of them running out of the house, and you are not constantly keeping track of them. It saves time, frustration, and risk, which can help your move go with less worry.

Tip #3: Preserve as Much Routine as Possible

Our pets appreciate routine, and they are nervous when it is different from normal. Changes in routine could be viewed as a danger, so it has a tendency to create all kinds of extra worry on your pet’s part. Therefore, you might attempt to schedule your move to Wichita Falls so that it disturbs your animals’ routines (as well as your own) as little as possible. Let them get accustomed to what's happening a little at a time, and they will react much better. Also, when you move them, be sure you bring their belongings with them when you can. Favorite toys and bedding 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 have dogs or cats, you don't want to gather them up, toss them in the car, and start driving one day. You need to take the time to get your animals accustomed to traveling. For instance, if you own a feline, place their carrying case on the floor with the door open. Let them get used to it being there, and give them a chance to explore it. If you have a canine, get them used to a crate, or a kennel. Take them on progressively longer car rides, and get them used to being passengers if you can. The more time you can take getting your pets on-board with moving (even if they are never really going to like it), the easier things are going to be.

Tip #5: Identification

Make sure and keep identification on your pet all of the time. If something terrible happens and your pet is 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 is no doubt about that. Even if everything goes without a hitch (which it hardly ever does), you are going to have times where you just want to lay on the floor and throw a good, old-fashioned fit. No matter how insane things get, though, it is vital for you to not forget that little eyes are watching you, and that you might be startling them.

Your pets are likely under a lot of stress from the whole process of moving. New stuff is appearing without explanation, familiar things are going away, and there are new people arriving 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.