10 Tips for Moving with an Animal

Moving with a pet asks you to take care of certain details for the good progress of this great change, for you and for him. 

A few small points to see more clearly in the steps to make the most of your new life:


Prepare to Move with an Animal

 1) Identify your animal: the microchip

Whether you are going abroad or staying in France, think, if you have not already done so, to have your pet sucked. 

If your animal is already identified, change your contact information with the organization. 
Also be sure to check that your vaccines are up to date.

 2) Familiarize your pet with his transport cage

In order to prepare it and avoid any stress for your companion on D-Day, present him the cage in which he will be transported, ten days in advance. 
He will be able to tame this new object, to leave his smell there, maybe even he will begin to sleep there on a cloth that he knows already. 

It is advisable to choose it large enough for your pet to stand upright and with ventilation. If you have to travel by plane, airlines only accept approved cages.

 3) Keep your habits until you leave

Until the day of departure, ensure that your pet is not disturbed in his daily life. 
He will already feel, with the preparation of the boxes, a change looming and your stress. Receptive to all this, keeping his habits will allow him not to be too affected by the current change. 

Moving with an animal requires the same attention as you and the rest of the family.

 4) D-day, a piece just for him

So that it does not escape on the day of the move, where all the doors remain open and the comings and goings is incessant, lock your animal in a room, the bathroom for example with the food, the water, its cage and litter for a cat.

 5) The serene ride

If driving to your new home takes place by car, take advice from your veterinarian if you are concerned that your pet is suffering from motion sickness. 
Soothing solutions, see sleeping pills can help. 

Not all veterinarians advise it, and it will depend on the age of your pet.

 6) The new house, the adaptation

Same process as for the day of departure, isolate your animal in a room with all its necessary. 

Once the movers are gone and there is no risk of escape, open the door and, after showing him the new location of his bowls and litter box, let him go. 
He goes, at his own pace, to survey his new house, to rub against the furniture and the walls and to deposit his smell there. To make this new place his is a natural process in animals.

 7) Keep the habits of your companion on arrival

Moving with your pet will require you to continue to maintain the daily life to which he is accustomed. 

For your dog, it will be necessary to keep the same schedules of exit, of game, and all that made your daily until then. 
In all cases, the hours and the contents of the meals, the place of the dodo, must remain unchanged. 

If the animal does not sleep with you, it will not do him any good to allow it, thinking it may help him adapt. He would get used to it and it could become problematic. 

Act as before, with more attention to him.

 8) Take time for your pet

Even if the habits must be the same, if you can, go with him as much as possible in the new house. 

Your pet will feel your presence and during the phase where he will take his bearings, you will be there.

 9) Be soft but firm

In the case of whim or overflow, such as cleanliness problems, crying, stay firm. 
Only the place of life has changed, and even if it is a step for your pet, it will adapt, and it should not be used as a pretext to impose new laws. 

Spend time with him, set up games, and make him feel that he is still your companion but you remain the master.

 10) The new veterinarian

If your new address requires finding a new veterinarian because you are now too far from yours, do it quickly. 

This will allow you to act quickly in case of emergency, but also to ask for advice if your pet takes a little too much time to adapt to his new life.

As for humans, animals are capable of a very great adaptation, each at their own pace. Moving with an animal is no more complicated than moving with young children. Take the time to prepare, organize and look after the details. If you stay calm, Fido will be too.


The Big T Movers have since 2008 acquired the expertise that the experience confers. We have equipment adapted to each category of goods, for a protected and secure transport, according to your constraints and your budget.

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