Whether you’re moving to another city to start a new job, relocating to be closer to family, or simply wanting a fresh start in a brand-new area, moving is usually an exciting process. It can also be quite the challenge, emotionally and physically—with task after task seeming enormous and never ending.

While all types of moves present their own unique sets of challenges, one of the most complicated ones can be moving with a pet. At RC Mason Movers, we understand how important it is for your family to know that your pet is safe and as relaxed and happy as possible during your move. After four generations of moving experience, we know exactly what it takes to make that happen.   

In this article, our team of expert movers at RC Mason Movers shares some of our top tips to help you move with a pet, to help you make the most out of your upcoming relocation to a new home.

A Stress-Free Move for Your Pet

Your bond with your pet—whether it’s a dog, a cat, a rabbit, or another type of animal, can be one of the most special and important connections in your life. That’s why it’s so important to make sure that your pet receives the care and comfort it needs through what is very often a hard and uncomfortable change for most animals.

Here are four of our favorite tips for making your pet’s move as stress-free as possible:

  • Ride with Your Pets: Your pet is likely to feel the most comfortable when he or she is with you, especially during a confusing time like a long-distance move. If you’re moving far away and driving to get there, consider taking your pet with you in your car to help them feel comforted with your presence. Extra tip: if your pet is prone to being anxious, cover their carrier with a blanket to help with the anxiety.
  • Don’t Forget Your Pet’s Overnight Bag: The easiest way to disturb your pet is to disrupt their routine. Your pet is used to eating and drinking specific foods and at specific times. Keep your pet calm by packing an overnight bag for the drive or the trip to your new home, filled with your pet’s favorite foods, toys, and other items that they’re familiar with.
  • Doggy Day Care: Pets can feel very nervous or anxious when their home environment begins to dismantle, especially during the packing and moving process. Look into boarding your pet in a doggy day care center for the day if possible, to keep them away from the hustle and bustle as you pack up your home. If a day kennel is not an option, then keep them in a quiet and secluded section of the house to minimize their anxiety. Also, make sure to adhere to their routine as much as possible while giving them regular attention.
  • Let Them Explore: Once you have arrived at your new place, you’re likely to become very busy unpacking. If possible, take some time out to show them around the house and even around the neighborhood. Animals like dogs and cats feel more comfortable after exploring new territories, so giving them the time they need to sniff out the new ‘hood can be exactly what they need to adjust.

Moving with RC Mason Movers

Relocation can be complicated enough without the added stress of a poorly planned, hectic and stressful moving experience—with or without a pet involved. At RC Mason Movers, our expert team of residential movers understands how important it is to plan and organize a seamless moving experience for the entire family to enjoy. To help us deliver on our goal, we combine high quality with low cost for our services, and customized moving plans designed to suit your exact needs during the moving process.

Since 1948, we have been the Boston moving company of choice for our customers. Whether you’re moving across town or you need a team of long distance movers, we have you covered. For more information about our services, or to speak with one of our representatives about arranging a move with your pets, give us a call or fill out our online form to schedule a free, in-home pricing estimate now.