Moving to a new home is a major adjustment, not only for you but also for your senior pet. Make the transition smoother by following the steps below.

Before Moving

Avoid doing too much packing at once.  Small changes will be less noticeable to your pet.  You should also leave your pet’s favorite toys and blankets out until you leave.

And try to remain calm amidst the challenges of moving.  This will reduce your pet’s anxiety.

Additionally, you should make sure your pet is used to the carrier before moving day.  Leave the carrier out during the weeks before the move. Put treats inside of the carrier to encourage your pet to venture in.

Moving Day

Your senior pet’s safety needs to be prioritized on moving day.  Leave your pet in a closed room to prevent any escape attempts while people are going in and out of the house.

Make sure the movers (whether your family and friends or a professional company) know to keep the door shut.

After Moving

Your pet will have to adjust to a brand-new home.  Here’s how to make it easier for your pet.


Your cat should stay in one room for the first few days.  Be sure to visit your kitty often during this time.

When your cat is ready, allow your feline to explore the rest of the home.  If there are any rooms that are still a disorganized mess, keep the doors of those rooms shut until they have been organized.


When you arrive at your new place, give your dog a tour.  Show your pooch where the food dishes, water bowls, toys, and dog bed are located.  While unpacking and organizing, close the door of the room you are working in to keep your dog out.

As you can see, moving doesn’t have to be traumatic for your senior pet.  When done the right way, it can be a smooth transition.

Learn more about caring for senior pets by listening to the Senior Pet podcast.