6 Tips for Moving to Houston with Cats and Dogs07/08/2018By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group Moving your household is a rough thing, and it only gets harder if you own furry family members who are moving with you to Houston. If you own dogs, felines, or both, then here are several, simple items you can do to make the moving process easier on them, and on yourself to Houston. Tip #1: Have One, Final Vet Visit Some pets don't enjoy visits to the vet, but if you are relocating it is crucial to make sure your animals get one, final exam. This is super important if you're moving across the country so that you'll have to find a new vet, or if a plane trip will be necessary to get to your destination. Be sure 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 huge, un-called-for headache to add on top of your move. Tip #2: Board Your Pets (If You Can) Boarding might be tough for pets who have separation anxiety, but it's lots of times a feasible answer in the long-run if you are moving to a new residence. If you board your furry friends for moving day then you don't have to be anxious about them being bothersome, there is no chance of them running away, and you aren't constantly looking for them. It saves time, worry, and risk, which can help your move go a lot more smoothly. Tip #3: Preserve as Much Routine as Possible Our pets thrive on routine, and they could be sensitive to when it isn’t what they expect. Changes in routine might be a threat, so it tends to create all kinds of extra anxiety on your pet’s part. As such, you might attempt to plan your move to Houston so that it disrupts your animals’ routines (as well as your own) as little as possible. Let them get acclimated to what is taking place gradually, and they will react much better. Also, when you move them, make sure you bring familiarity with them when you can. Favorite toys and bedding can act like a security blanket, and help your pets stay calmer during the move. Tip #4: Make Sure Your Pets Are Comfortable With Their Traveling Accommodations Regardless if you have dogs or cats, you don't want to gather them up, throw them in the car, and commence driving one day. You need to take the time to get your cats and dogs used to traveling. For example, if you own a cat, put their carrier on the floor with the door open. Let them get accustomed to it being there, and give them an opportunity to explore it. If you own a canine, get them used to a crate, or a kennel. Take them on progressively longer car rides, and get them accustomed to being passengers if possible. The more care you can allow getting your pets on-board with moving (even if they are never really going to like it), the simpler things are going to be. Tip #5: Identification Make certain and keep identification on your animals all of the time. If something terrible happens and your pet gets lost in the chaos of the move, how else will they find their way to your new home? Make sure that their collar fits correctly and that their tag includes a phone number that won’t be disconnected during the move. Tip #6: Chill Out... Your Pets Are Watching Moving is an anxious time, there's no doubt about that. Even if everything goes swimmingly (which it rarely does), you're going to have times where you just want to lay on the floor and throw a good, old-fashioned temper tantrum. No matter how stressful everything gets, though, it's vital for you to remember that little eyes are watching you, and that you could be startling them. Your pets are already under a lot of stress from the whole moving process. New stuff is appearing without explanation, familiar things are going away, and there are strangers 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.