6 Tips for Moving to Little Rock with Cats and Dogs07/08/2018By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group Moving your household is a difficult process, and it only gets tougher if you have four-legged friends who are coming with you to Little Rock. If you own canines, felines, or both, then here are several, basic items you should do to make the moving process easier on them, and on yourself to Little Rock. Tip #1: Have One, Final Vet Visit Some pets do not relish in going to the vet, but if you're relocating it's imperative to be sure your animals get one, final exam. This is very critical if you're moving across the country so that you will have to look for a new veterinarian, or if a plane trip will be necessary to get to your destination. Be sure you get the pet’s proof of vaccines, prescriptions, and any other paperwork you're going to need. If you wait until you are a long way away from your vet to get this done, it can be a big, unnecessary stressor in addition to your move. Tip #2: Board Your Pets (If You Can) Boarding can be tough for pets who have separation anxiety, but it is often a practical answer in the long-run if you're moving to a new home. If you board your animals for moving day then you do not have to be anxious about them being in the way, there's no chance of them running out of the house, and you are not constantly keeping track of them. It saves time, worry, and risk, which can help your move go much more calmly. Tip #3: Preserve as Much Routine as Possible Our pets thrive on routine, and they can be sensitive to when it changes. Changes in routine could be viewed as a threat, so it tends to result in all kinds of extra worry on your pet’s part. As such, you might try to schedule your move to Little Rock so that it upsets your animals’ routines (as well as your own) as little as possible. Give them time to get accustomed to what's taking place a little at a time, and they will adjust much better. Additionally, when you move them, be sure you bring the things they know and love with them when you can. Favorite toys and blankets can act like a security blanket, and help your pets be calmer during the move. Tip #4: Make Sure Your Pets Are Used to Their Traveling Accommodations Whether you have dogs or cats, you don't want to scoop them up, toss them in the car, and begin driving one day. You must take the time to get your cats and dogs familiarized with traveling. For instance, if you have a cat, put their carrying case on the floor with the door open. Let them get familiarized with it being there, and allow them a little while to explore it. If you own a canine, get them used to a crate, or a kennel. Take them on progressively longer car trips, and get them used to being passengers if possible. The more time you can take getting your pets on-board with moving (even if they are never really going to like it), the simpler things are going to be. Tip #5: Identification Make certain and keep identification on your pet all of the time. If the unthinkable occurs and your pet is lost in the chaos of the move, how else will they find their way back to you? Make sure that their collar fits correctly and that their tag includes a phone number that will not be disconnected during the move. Tip #6: Chill Out... Your Pets Are Watching Moving is stressful, there's no doubt about that. Even if everything goes perfectly (which it rarely does), you're going to have moments where you just want to lay on the floor and pitch a good, old-fashioned tantrum. No matter how insane things get, though, it is crucial for you to not forget that little eyes are taking it all in, and that you might be startling them. Your furry friends are most likely under a lot of stress from the whole moving process. New things are appearing without explanation, familiar things are going out the door, and there are new people arriving all the time. So, take a moment, take a breath, and remember that your pets need you to be calm and reassuring for them. Otherwise it might tip them over the edge of the stress meter.