Some tips on moving with pets... | A Girl & Grey

When it comes to moving, we all know things can get pretty stressful. We’ve moved a few times with both cats and it’s definitely been hard work. We all love our little furry babies, and whether it’s moving states, suburbs, or even a street away, relocating animals is renowned for being difficult.

All pets are different with their little quirks and character traits, but here are some general tips to help you and your furry friends move in peace. 

Before the move…


Preparation is key! The most important thing you can do for your pets is to have everything worked out so when it comes to moving day, you know exactly what to do. The more stressed and disorganised you are, the more anxious your pet will be. They mirror our behaviour, after all! You can be better prepared by keeping all of their medical information and favourite foods in a basket or box that’s readily accessible during the move. 

Talk to your vets

I always recommend seeking your vet’s advice on moving. Hopefully, by now, they know your little one/s pretty well and will have some useful advice on how to best handle the move, especially if your pet has any medical issues that need to be addressed prior to the move. Also, if you’re moving out of town, your current vet might have some connections in your new area that they can recommend. That’s half of the worry when it comes to relocating with pets, at least for me! 

The trip

Depending on how you are transporting your animal, it’s important to get them familiar with the process. Make sure they’re familiar and as comfortable as possible with the crate they’ll be moved in – make it feel like home to reduce their stress! Even taking them along for short drives in the weeks leading up to the move will make them feel more comfortable with the process of travel, so it’s less of a shock on the day. 

The new space

Make a new home. Animals are known to be territorial – they have their home that they love and protect, so you can imagine how confusing it is when they are moved to an unfamiliar place. Try bringing a bit of their old home with you – whether that’s with their bedding, or even a few handfuls of grass or leaves from surrounding trees – especially if you have an outdoor pet. For our indoor cats, we kept all of their bedding the exact same and made sure not to wash it. That way, their scent was already throughout our new house within hours of moving in. You can also recreate your pets favourite spot in a quiet place in the house – set up their bed or blankets the way they were set up in your last place. That will give them the sense of familiarity they crave in stressful situations. 

On the day…

Get help

Reduce your stress levels and hand it over to the professionals. We’ve made the mistake before of trying to do the move on our own, and it never ends well. From chipped walls to back pain – trying to move on our own has meant we’re too exhausted by the end of the day to properly check on our cats and make sure they’re doing okay. If you’re moving, you’ve already got enough on your plate – especially if you want to {and should!} make sure your furry friend has the best trip possible. I really recommend hiring a reliable company that can help with the bulk of things, so you can focus on what it important. Hire A Mover are great – they’re well known for their friendly and on-time manner, and they’re also one of the more affordable removalists you can choose from. Utilising a company like Hire A Mover is a sure-fire way to help ease your stress on moving day. 

Use your own vehicle

If you hire a removalist, that means you have a clutter free car to transport your pet in. This means they know where you are, and you can take advantage of getting them used to the car beforehand. Another bonus of using your own vehicle means you can take smaller fragile items with you that just won’t work in a box or in the back of a removalist truck. 

The final step

Okay, so you’ve made it to your new home. We arrived at our house about an hour before the removalists, and spent that time setting up a little sanctuary hideaway for our cats to spend their day in. We set up our ensuite bathroom full of fresh bowls of water and biscuits, as well as lots of blankets, toys, and two litter boxes for our cats. We left the window open a crack and drew the blinds almost closed. By putting the cats in the bathroom it meant they never saw the removalist’s come-and-go, and they weren’t getting under our feet when we were rearranging all our furniture and crushing empty cardboard boxes. After the furniture was in its place, and a few boxes had been unpacked, we let the cats out of the bathroom and allowed them to explore the master bedroom for about half an hour, and slowly expanded that to the entire house. That way, they were familiar with each room before moving onto the next. Take it slow and steady – you really can’t rush these things! Once you’ve introduced your pet to their new space, spend as much time as you can playing with them and feeding them treats, as well as taking them on walks if that’s part of their routine. They’ll settle in before you know it!

Do you have any tips to add to the list?



  1. April 11, 2019 / 7:24 am

    My fiance and I will be moving from Canada to Australia with our 2-year old rescue cat, and it is a ton of work! Our cat is also asthemtic which has me freaking out about the 17+ hr flight in cargo. Thank you for sharing your tips <3

    • April 13, 2019 / 4:18 pm

      Whereabouts in Australia are you moving to? Best of luck with the trip! I hope it all goes smoothly xo

    • December 21, 2018 / 11:16 am

      I feel like cats are soooo much more sensitive than dogs, so you definitely have to take more precautions with them and be way more prepared!