Everybody loves to enjoy a great vacation with their family and friends and many of them also prefer taking their pets with them. We can show our love to them by taking all available safety precautions whenever we have them in the car.
If you’re planning a long distance move and have to get your cat or dog to your new home, then you’ll need to do some extra work to figure out how best to move them, including ensuring their safe arrival while on the road. This article is based on my own personal experience of moving cats from Canada to the US and the US to Canada as well as driving two large dogs from the Yucatan in Mexico to Canada.
If you’re moving your pet across international borders, I recommend reading this article on international moves that will provide some specifics about preparing pets.
Decide How Best to Move Them
In my many years of moving house, each time we’ve had to move pets with the only difference being the number of animals we had to move. Most of the time we flew them to their new destination, in particular when the number of days traveling by car didn’t even seem feasible. However, one of our last moves, one that took us from Canada back to the US, was the first time I needed to weigh flying our kitties to their new home versus moving them down by car.
In our case, one of our cats was 21 years old, which is old for a kitty. She has special medical needs, including high blood pressure and I was worried that flying her down, even if she were to fly with me under my seat, that the stress would be too much.