Pets on the move

Real Estate Agent with Team TLC - Mihara & Associates, Inc

You’ve got your packing list ready, your movers are booked and you’ve forwarded your mail. But do you have a plan for your pets?

For many of us, our fur and feather babies are an extension of our family. Our kids. So don’t forget these important family members when moving day arrives! Most of our pets are creature of habit – they’ll tell you when it’s time to eat and they have a favorite place to “water” when out on a walk.

Having a well-laid plan for your pets will help you worry less and make moving a happier, easier transition for everyone.

Here are 5 tips to make a move with your pet easier:

  • Get your pet used to packing supplies and boxes
  • Keep a comfortable, secluded space for your pet especially during showings of current home
  • Request veterinary records and bring with you as you establish care at a new clinic. Reach out to us for recommendations as our team is pet-friendly. Also remember to update your pet’s tag/chip with new address
  •  Inform yourself of pet laws if you’re moving to a new city. Also make sure you check HOA restrictions for breeds, numbers of pets, etc.
  •  Pack a separate emergency moving bag for your pet. And make a safe spot for your pet in your vehicle. If you’re moving across the state, make sure you plan pet-friendly accommodations

Lisa Carroll, Team TLC - Mihara & Associates


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Dennis Neal
RE/MAX, Big Bear - Big Bear Lake, CA
Your Home Sold in 21 Days or We Sell It For Free

Hi, Lisa. That is a cute picture you picked. There is a lot to consider when moving our non human friends so they arrive safe, sound, and happy. Thanks for sharing these tips.

Jun 18, 2024 02:22 PM
Lisa Carroll

Thanks Dennis!

Jun 24, 2024 06:56 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Lisa- and welcome to ActiveRain!!! Planning for your pets can make your move a lot easier.

Jun 18, 2024 07:20 PM
Lisa Carroll

Thanks Kathy

Jun 24, 2024 06:57 AM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Yes, pets need special arrangements to make sure they are calm and comfortable.

Jun 19, 2024 05:21 AM
Lisa Carroll

Thanks Kat

Jun 24, 2024 06:57 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Jun 22, 2024 06:51 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Lisa Carroll,

Welcome to Active Rain, I'm now following you so will look for your future posts. Great tips on moving with pets!

Jun 23, 2024 05:42 AM
Lisa Carroll

Thanks Dorie!

Jun 24, 2024 06:57 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

These are really good tips!  I am not a pet person myself, but it seems most people are these days.

Jun 23, 2024 06:22 AM
Lisa Carroll

We love our team mascot Bowie!

Jun 24, 2024 06:58 AM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

I’ve always had dogs and they are pretty easy to move . When my daughter moved out , she left us with her 2 cats . Always make sure the new place has a Litter Box already set up ( and open the cat carrier right by it ) 

Jun 23, 2024 06:28 AM
Lisa Carroll

Good tip. Thanks Michael

Jun 24, 2024 06:58 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Lisa:

These are some excellent tips for preparing to move with our fur friends. There's a lot to think about, especially if you are moving a distance by car or plane.

Welcome to ActiveRain - I look forward to hearing more from you.


Jun 23, 2024 10:49 AM
Lisa Carroll

Thank you!

Jun 24, 2024 06:55 AM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Realty ONE Group Advocates 484-237-2055 - Downingtown, PA
Selling the Main Line & Chester County

Great post and great ideas. I just had a client move from Philadelphia to Florida and the husband was driving their cat, who he knew was going to cry the whole way.

Jun 24, 2024 01:05 PM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

These are great tips!  Especially the emergency carrier idea.  I've moved with pets before and it's very traumatic for them.  Your list will definitely be helpful to others. 

Jun 24, 2024 03:24 PM