Moving Pets

Cats and Dogs Cats and dogs can be taken in your car. If so, remember to take along the following items:

  • Food
  • Water
  • A leash for letting your pet out of the car
  • Newspaper or sheets to keep your car clean

Animals can get car-sick and will require frequent stops along the way. Also, check ahead to see if the hotel where you are staying allows pets. Depending on the animal’s temperament and size, it might be better to have it shipped by air. Be sure to check if your destination has any local requirements or restrictions on animals. To have your pet shipped by air, make sure someone can meet your pet at the destination airport and take care of it until you arrive. A kennel can do this for you and keep your pet until you have completed your move, if necessary. If you are flying to your new destination, your cat or dog can ride in the baggage compartment.

You may need the following items:

Health certificate – Obtain this from your veterinarian
Pet container – The airline might have a special container available or you can use your own as long as it complies with airline regulations
Tranquilizers – Your vet can provide tranquilizers to be given to your pet immediately before going to the airport
Your scent – Your pet can be comforted by having a piece of cloth with your scent on it

Smaller Animals

Hamsters, birds and other small animals can easily be transported in your car. To help keep the animals calm and quiet, cover cages with a cloth. Also, make sure they have food and water available. Fish It can be very impractical and risky to move fish. Check with your local pet store for recommendations on moving your specific type of fish.