Tips for Moving to California With Pets

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Moving is stressful, and a move can be made even more costly and time-consuming when the family pets are involved. Although many dogs enjoy car rides, not all do, and most cats are quite opposed. It is well documented how a long journey can affect a dog or cat, but a move can cause anxiety, stress, and fear in less common pets as well, such as snakes, birds, hamsters, rabbits, or guinea pigs. Here are some tips for moving with pets to another state such as California or Florida. 

Hire a Mover

Movers can be pricey, particularly if you are moving a long distance. However, the extra expense may be well worth it if you are traveling with a needy dog or fussy cat. A pet would likely be more comfortable riding in your personal vehicle rather than experiencing the noise and bumps involved in a moving van. Weigh your options regarding having someone else transport your belongings to your new location. 

Consider the Home 

Pets, especially cats and dogs, tend to crave familiarity and safety. This is similar to how humans tend to unpack their belongings and decorate their homes shortly after moving in. Think about this before you bring your pet from your old home to your new house. For example, if you have a dog, consider laying out some of his or her favorite treats around the house when you arrive. Cats tend to find safety in higher locations, so have a tall cat tree or windowsill ready for your cat when you get to your new residence. This will help make your animal companions less anxious and feel more at home right away. 

Veterinarians are a great resource if you want to know what sorts of items might make your pet calmer and more comfortable around your new home. Veterinarians and vet technicians consider the health and safety of your pet to be of the utmost importance. For example, they are exceptionally able to recommend products that will keep new pets from dashing out of an unfamiliar home and getting lost in their new location. While reading various opinions on food and toys from other pet owners like you is important, don't forget to consider a more professional opinion. 

Purchase Pet Insurance

Although it is never fun to think about purchasing insurance, it is a good idea to consider getting your pet insured before a move. When looking at options, consider:

  • The insurance deductibles
  • What procedures are covered
  • The maximum age of the pet they allow
  • If they do not cover certain breeds

When finding insurance for your pets in California, do some research and look over reviews on various websites. Most surveys indicate that pet insurance costs between $30 and $50 each month on average, although this varies widely depending on the breed and skews higher for dogs versus cats. 

People are moving to states such as California for many reasons, including job opportunities, weather, and to be closer to family. However, driving to these states from other parts of the country often involves many miles, uncomfortable conditions, and spending time in unfamiliar places. Consider these tips if you are moving with your animal companion to California from another state.