There’s a lot to consider when you’re packing your bags, filling boxes, and loading a truck to move into a new home. Hiring a professional moving company like First Class Moving Systems can ensure that your move goes smoothly, but they can’t do everything! This is especially true when it comes to your pets.

Do you know how to move your pets in a safe and legal way? Here are three tips that will make your move less stressful for you and your furry, scaly, or feathered friend.

Look into Rules and Regulations

Before you even start packing, you need to look into the laws and regulations surrounding pets where you’ll be heading. If you’re just moving across town, this may not be a huge problem, but if you’re moving out of the state or country, you could be in for a big surprise.

One example is the hedgehog. These little critters are increasing in popularity across the United States, but that doesn’t mean they’re legal. You can very easily adopt one in Florida, but you can’t take your prickly critter with you to Georgia without a little extra work. You’ll likely have to obtain a license, or your pet won’t be allowed to accompany you to your new home. You could be in big trouble if you don’t do your homework and you get caught with an illegal animal.

Moving into an apartment, senior living facility, or a condo? Make sure the rules allow pets. Some places won’t even allow cats and dogs, let alone birds and reptiles.

Make sure your pet is up-to-date on vaccinations

If during your pet relocation research you determine that your critter is allowed wherever it is you’re moving, you still need to make sure that your pet is up-to-date on his vaccinations. This is especially the case if your pet requires a special license, or if your cat or dog will be interacting with other professionals.

Want to have your cat groomed before you pack him in the car? Want to board your pet while you do some packing? Moving across country lines? Even if you’re just moving into an apartment, you’ll likely need proof that your pet has recently visited the vet and is up-to-date on all his vaccinations. To make sure your move goes smoothly, plan a trip to the vet before you start packing.

Consider pet insurance

If you’re planning a big move that requires hours aboard planes, trains, or automobiles, you may want to consider pet insurance.

Unfortunately, accidents happen, and those accidents can be costly. From getting jostled around in a kennel to a car accident, you could end up paying thousands of dollars in veterinary bills. The further you move from home, the more helpful pet insurance is likely to be.

Let Us Focus on Your Move So You Can Focus on Your Pet

A lot goes into moving your pet from point A to point B. Hopefully our quick pet moving guide helps, but we can do so much more!

Allow us to coordinate your move so you have less to think about when it comes to making sure Fluffy makes it safely to your destination. Contact us today to learn more about how we can make your move stress-free.