6 Tips for Moving to Tulsa with Cats and Dogs07/08/2018By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group Moving your household can be a rough process, and it only gets harder if you own furry family members who are coming with you to Tulsa. If you own canines, felines, or both, then here are a couple, easy items you can do to help them through the moving process to Tulsa. Tip #1: Have One, Final Vet Visit Some pets don't relish in trips to the vet, but if you are relocating it is important to make sure your animals get one, final checkup. This is doubly vital if you're moving across the country so that you'll have to find a new vet, or if a plane trip will be necessary to get to your destination. Make sure you get the pet’s proof of vaccines, prescriptions, and any other paperwork you are going to require. If you wait until you're far away from your vet to get this done, it can be a large, un-called-for headache in addition to your move. Tip #2: Board Your Pets (If You Can) Boarding might be rough on pets who have separation anxiety, but it's often a practical answer in the long-run if you are moving to a new residence. If you board your furry friends for loading day and unloading day then you do not have to be anxious about them being underfoot, there's zero chance of them running out of the house, and you are not constantly looking to see where they are. It saves time, stress, and risk, which can help your move go with less worry. Tip #3: Preserve as Much Routine as Possible Our pets like routine, and they are nervous when it changes. Changes in routine could be viewed as a threat, so it has a tendency to result in all kinds of extra anxiety on their part. So, you could try to organize your move to Tulsa so that it upsets your pets' routines (as well as your own) as little as possible. Allow them to get used to what's happening slowly, and they will respond much better. Also, when you move them, be sure you bring familiarity with them when you can. Favorite treats and pillows can act like a security blanket, and help your pets be calmer during the move. Tip #4: Make Sure Your Pets Are Comfortable With Their Traveling Accommodations No matter if you own dogs or cats, you don't want to gather them up, toss them in the car, and start driving one day. You need to take the time to get your pets used to traveling. For example, if you have a feline, put their crate on the floor with the door open. Let them get used to it being there, and give them an opportunity to explore it. If you own a dog, get them used to a crate, or a kennel. Take them on progressively longer car rides, and get them used to being passengers if you can. The more care you can allow getting your pets on-board with moving (even if they are not ever really going to like it), the smoother things are going to be. Tip #5: Identification Make sure and keep identification on your pet all of the time. If the unthinkable takes place and your pet gets lost in the chaos of the move, how else will they find you, their beloved owner? Make sure that their collar is sized correctly and that their tag includes a phone number that will not be turned off during the move. Tip #6: Chill Out... Your Pets Are Watching Moving is stressful, there is no two-ways about that. Even if everything goes without a hitch (which it never does), you're going to have days where you just want to lay on the floor and pitch a good, old-fashioned temper tantrum. No matter how crazy things get, though, it is important for you to not forget that little eyes are watching you, and that you might be alarming them. Your furry friends are already under a lot of stress from the whole process of moving. New things are appearing without explanation, familiar stuff is going away, and there are new people showing up all the time. So, take a moment, take a breath, and remember that your pets need you to be collected and reassuring for them. Otherwise it might tip them over the edge of the stress meter.