Smooth Moving with Your Precious Pets: Tips for a Stress-Free Transition

Moving homes can be a whirlwind of excitement and anticipation. However, amidst the chaos of packing boxes and coordinating logistics, it’s essential not to overlook the impact that a move can have on your beloved pets. Whether you have a cuddly cat, a playful pup, or a chirpy bird, ensuring their comfort and well-being during the transition is essential. Here are some tips for making the move with your precious pets as smooth and stress-free as possible:

Plan Ahead

  • Update Identification: Before moving, ensure your pet’s identification tags are updated with your new contact information. If your pet is microchipped, ensure that the information is also current. Pet Microchip Resources.
  • Visit the Veterinarian: Schedule a visit to the vet for a check-up and ensure your pet’s vaccinations are current. Request copies of their medical records to bring to your new home. Local Veterinarians
  • Research Local Pet-Friendly Accommodations: If you’re moving long-distance and require overnight accommodations, research pet-friendly hotels or motels. Make reservations in advance to ensure availability.

Prepare Your Pet

  • Gradual Introductions: If possible, gradually introduce your pet to moving boxes and packing materials. This can help alleviate their anxiety and prevent any sudden stressors on moving day.
  • Maintain Routine: In the days before the move, stick to your pet’s regular feeding and walking schedule as much as possible. Familiar routines can provide comfort and stability during changes.
  • Create a Safe Space: Set aside a quiet, secluded area in your current home where your pet can retreat on moving day. Safe and familiar spaces will help minimize your pet’s exposure to loud noises and activity, consequently easing its stress.

Moving Day

  • Secure Transportation: Ensure your pet is safely secured in a carrier or crate during transportation. For added safety, consider investing in a comfortable pet harness or seatbelt restraint for longer journeys.
  • Pack Essentials: Pack a separate bag or box with essential items for your pet, including food, water, medication, toys, bedding, and litter (for cats). Keep these items readily accessible for quick access during the move.
  • Comfort and Reassurance: Throughout the moving process, comfort and reassure your pet. Offer soothing words, gentle pets, and treats to help alleviate their anxiety.

Settling into Your New Home

  • Create a Familiar Environment: Set up your pet’s food and water bowls, bedding, and toys in a designated area of your new home. Familiar scents and surroundings can help ease their transition.
  • Exploration Time: Allow your pet to explore their new surroundings at their own pace. Supervise them closely to ensure their safety and comfort as they familiarize themselves with the new environment.
  • Establish Routine: As soon as possible, establish a new routine for your pet in your new home. Stick to regular feeding, walking, and playtime schedules for stability and normalcy.
  • Check out Dog-Friendly Activities Around Boone!


Moving homes with pets requires careful planning, patience, and empathy. By taking proactive steps to prepare your pet for the transition and providing comfort and reassurance, you can help alleviate their stress and ensure a smooth and successful move for the whole family. Remember, your pets are cherished members of your household, and their well-being should be a top priority during this exciting but sometimes challenging time of change. With extra care and attention, you can make the moving process a positive experience for you and your precious pets.


About the Author

Taylor Higdon was born and raised in Atlanta, GA, and was fortunate that family ties in North Carolina allowed her to fall in love with all North Carolina offers. One of her fondest memories was staying at the family’s cabin overlooking Pilot Mountain and spending long summer days trekking down the Blue Ridge Parkway to “Mr. Martin’s Store” for an orange crush and a moonpie, then stopping at “Turtle Rock” to take in the views. This fueled her love of traveling and experiencing all the world has to offer. 

Taylor studied Advertising and Graphic Design at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. Still, her passion for learning has taken her through additional areas of study, and she refuses to stop learning. 

Her love for community led her to publish a neighborhood-specific magazine in the neighborhood she grew up in to bring people together and keep the community informed. Taylor brings her love for community and helping people with her to 828 Real Estate has jumped in headfirst, and is an active member of The Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce. 

When Taylor is not working at 828 Real Estate, she spends time with her parents in Blowing Rock, exploring the many hiking trails, kayaking with friends, and spending time with her two cats, Inigo Montoya (Monty) and Pumpkin.