Moving Prep: Considerations to Make if Moving with Pets

I don’t know about you, but I consider my pets to be my children. I know parents of human children scoff at this, but it’s on the same level of commitment in my opinion as having a child and they don’t talk back, well most of the time anyway…

When moving, I had to make extra considerations because of my pets. I’m here today to talk you through what I did and considered in regards to moving with pets because I know other pet parents can agree that we want them to be safe, comfortable, and as stress-free as possible during the transition.

Depending on the size and number of pets you have there will be some limitations on the options you will have for how you conduct your move. 

Over 20-25 lbs

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If your pet is generally larger than I'd say 20-25 lbs. then in my opinion, you are going to have to rule out transporting by air. I know you can "check" your pet, but I have heard too many horror stories lately with airlines and especially regarding their handling of pets. There is also data supporting that it is a rather dangerous risk for your pets not surviving the trip read about that here, but feel free to do your own research. However, if your pet is under that weight limit then you are allowed to travel with them in the cabin as one of you carry-ons, and they can be stored under your seat. Please do not let them tell you to store your pet in the overhead compartment like United airlines did to one family (read about that here). Just like in the luggage storage area, the overhead compartment doesn't have the same pressurized airflow that the cabin does, so it can be very dangerous for your pet.

If you pet is heavier 20-25 lbs, then I would recommend transporting them either with you in the moving vehicle of your choice or your car. 

Below 20-25 lbs

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Pets below the 20-25 lbs weight limit, are able to be taken on planes and trains so you have more convenient options. You will need a sturdy carrier that can fit under an airline seat when travelling with a pet. Just to reiterate, I’m not an expert on pet travel and the rules may change at any point and they vary from airline to airline, so always be sure to do your own research with your airline and other options before you go. 

When searching for a place to live, please make sure that your living situation allows for pets and if you have roommates that they are aware and okay with having pets around.

Pet Anxiety/Stress

If your pet is anxious and easily stressed, I highly recommend talking to your vet. They may have some suggestions on how to best handle this and will know your pet’s needs the best.

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Making the move with your pet is possible and stress-free if you plan far enough ahead. I hope these tips have helped you feel a little bit better about your moving preparations with your furry loved one. As always, let me know if you have any questions or have any future post requests.