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 difficult 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, simple 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 very vital if you're moving out of state so that you'll have to look for a new vet, or if an airplane trip will be necessary to get to your destination. 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 far away from your vet to accomplish this, it can be a huge, unnecessary 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 often a better solution in the long-run if you're moving to a new home. If you board your pets 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 is different from normal. 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 schedule your move to Colorado Springs so that it disturbs your furry family members’ routines (as well as your own) as little as possible. Give them time to get acclimated to what is happening a little at a time, and they will adjust 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

Whether you own dogs or cats, you don't want to pick them up, toss them in the car, and begin driving one day. You should 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 accustomed to 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 animals always. If something terrible takes place 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 stressful, there's no two-ways about that. Even if everything goes swimmingly (which it hardly ever does), you're going to have times 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 crucial for you to not forget that little eyes are watching you, and that you may be scaring them.

Your furry friends are 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.