6 Tips for Moving to Colorado Springs with Cats and Dogs

By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 

Moving with Pets - Moving BoxesMoving your household can be a rough task, and it only gets more difficult if you have four-legged family members who are coming with you to Colorado Springs. If you have canines, cats, or both, then here are a couple, basic things you should do to have a pet friendly move to Colorado Springs.
 

Tip #1: Have One, Final Vet Visit

Some pets don't enjoy visits to the vet, but if you're relocating it is important to make sure your animals get one, final exam. This is super vital if you're moving out of state so that you'll have to look for a new vet, or if an airplane is going to be involved. Make certain you get the pet’s proof of vaccines, prescriptions, and any other paperwork you are going to require. If you procrastinate until you're too far from your vet to accomplish this, it can be a big, unwanted stressor in addition to your move.

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

Boarding can be tough for animals who have separation anxiety, but it's many times a better solution in the long-run if you're moving to a new residence. If you board your furry friends for loading day and unloading day then you don't have to fret about them being underfoot, there's not a chance of them running away, and you aren't constantly keeping track of them. It saves time, frustration, and risk, which can help your move go a lot more smoothly.

Tip #3: Preserve as Much Routine as Possible

Our pets like routine, and they are sensitive to when it changes. Changes in routine could be viewed as a threat, so it tends to induce all kinds of extra anxiety on their part. So, you should try to plan your move to Colorado Springs so that it upsets your furry family members’ routines (as well as your own) as little as possible. Give them time to get accustomed to what is happening a little at a time, and they will react much better. Also, when you move them, be sure you bring the things they know and love with them when you can. Favorite treats and pillows can act like a security blanket, and help your pets be calmer during the move.

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

Regardless if you own dogs or cats, you don't want to gather them up, toss them in the car, and start driving one day. You must allow the time to get your pets familiarized with traveling. For example, 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 allow them a little while to explore it. If you own a dog, get them familiarized with a crate, or a kennel. Take them on progressively longer car trips, and get them familiarized with being passengers if possible. The more time you can take 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 always. If something terrible takes place and your pet gets lost in the craziness of the move, how else will they find you, their beloved owner? 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 two-ways about that. Even if everything goes swimmingly (which it hardly ever does), you're going to have moments where you just want to lay on the floor and throw a good, old-fashioned tantrum. No matter how stressful everything gets, though, it is important for you to not forget that little eyes are watching you, and that you could be scaring them.

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