I am thankful that all the moves I’ve made with my cats were driveable and all the places I rented from allowed them. But I wanted to share some of the tips I received from Harrison Forbes and Rent.com about moving with pets and rental research tips as well as infographic.
Tips for Stress Management During a Move – For both You and Your Pet
1. Pack your pets’ knick-knacks (e.g., food, toys, bedding, etc.) in your personal car instead of in the moving van so nothing can be lost in transit. Be sure that these items are the LAST things you pack and the FIRST you unpack once you arrive in your new space.
2. A few days before you move, outfit your pet with two sets of ID tags – one with your old address and one with the new address in case the unthinkable happens and your pet is lost in transit. Have your pet continue to wear both tags for a few days after you move into the new place, just in case they go wondering and are lost.
3. Find a location that your pet is already familiar with, like a friend’s home or boarding facility you’ve used in the past, to place them in during the actual move. This will clear them out of the chaos and eliminate a portion of the stress for you both.
4. If you don’t have a familiar location for your pet to stay at on moving day and decide to keep your pet at home, put him/her in a bathroom that has already been cleared out with a “Do Not Disturb” sign on the door. Be sure to stock it with your pets’ familiar toys and bedding. The bathroom is an ideal space because no furniture needs to be removed; it is usually in more remote area of the apartment; and is tiled in case there are any “stressful accidents.”
5. Wait to introduce your pet to your new home until all the furniture and your pets’ personal items are set up. The familiarity of items sends a signal to your pet that this is their new home. Allow them to wander around and explore the new space so they can get comfortable and see all the familiar items you have already spread out.
Rental Research Tips
1. Don’t hide pet ownership! The stress of lying about / hiding your pet will show through your body language and tone in any situation. Your pet will ALWAYS misinterpret this stress as negative signals from their owner and may act out, bringing even more attention to their presence.
2. Research, research, research all of the environmental and lifestyle scenarios in your prospective location. Is it near dog-park or walking area? Do you have a heavy dog that can’t do three flights of stairs? Is there a weight restriction? Is there a pet deposit or pet fee? If so, is it refundable? All of these questions (and many more) can help you to determine if your pet would be comfortable in the new location and if it is even a feasible option for you to explore.
3. Many landlords are on the fence about pet ownership, and list pets in rental descriptions as a “case-by-case basis”, so when meeting with the management, plug the good attributes of your pet and sell yourself as a responsible pet owner by going through your pets’ routines and histories. Offer to schedule a pet interview so the landlord interacts with and feels comfortable with your pet. Landlords are letting you live in their expensive investment and you need to make them feel confident that you’re going to take care of it.