When moving cats to a new home, firstly, it has to be decided how they will be transported. Most common methods of transport are in a car, or by airplane. Either one, they will need to be prepared for their upcoming journey.
Before moving, take your cat to the vet for a full medical check up, and obtain a certificate of health. They must be healthy for long distance travel. You’ll want to confirm all vaccinations are up to date, especially if you’re moving to a different state. Visit the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) to view vaccination requirements and registration forms for the state your moving too. You will also want to check with the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) if you’ll need to provide proof of immunizations at state crossings. Some cats might suffer from anxiety; discuss this with the vet as they might have travel suggestions.
Finding a collar
In the event your cat gets lost while in transit, there is a greater chance you’ll be reunited if the cat is microchipped. If your cat is not microchipped, make sure your contact information is on the collar.
In order for moving day to go smoothly, start preparing the cat ahead of time by having the crate around the house. Leave it open, maybe with a blanket or pillow inside, even a favorite toy. This way they can explore and hopefully feel comfortable in what will be their home for the duration of the move.
A local move is when the distance between pick up and delivery is no larger than 100 miles. If you’re moving further than 100 miles, it is considered an intrastate move.
With 40% of the population living in New York City, many individuals and families are moving to the suburbs of New York State. Similarly, there are many people moving into New York City from within the state of New York.
Local moves are charged at an hourly rate, with a minimum charge of between 3-7 hours. Any additional time will usually be charged per hour. You can contact local moving companies and obtain rough quotes over the phone. Once you have narrowed your search for a reputable moving company, a representative can be sent to your home, free of charge to provide you a cost and time estimation for your individual move.
You will want to ensure the moving company you hire is licensed and insured. To check the requirements of New York State, you can visit New York State Department of Transportation.
Insuring your belongings is also advised. Even if you are only moving a short distance, your items will be protected against any potential damage or loss.
If you are considering moving yourself, obtain all possible costs, including: truck rental, mileage, gas, and hired help, for assistance with loading and unloading your items.
There’s a lot to plan when making a move, make sure to have some basic essential items packed for those first few days in your new home.
If you’ll be arriving at the same time as your belongings, make sure the essentials box is clearly marked. Once it’s unloaded from the truck, place it in a room where it cannot get lost among the other boxes. If you arrive prior to your belongings, consider mailing the box of essentials, or if driving, keep it with you in the car.
Bedding and linens – Sheets and towels. If there won’t be a bed when you arrive, consider packing an air mattress.
Toiletries – Your basic day-to-day toiletries. In addition to these, pack: Soap, bathroom tissue, shampoo & conditioner, and a medical kit.
Clothing – Pack enough clothing according to your daily schedule, include work attire if you need to go to work. Bare in mind, you might not have a working washing machine in the beginning.
Cleaning supplies – Pack a few cleaning supplies until you’re able to make a trip to the local supermarket. Something’s going to need cleaning.
Kitchen items – Planning to cook, pack some basics: a pot, pan and some reusable plates and cutlery.
Children and pets - Don’t forget the essentials for your kids or pets, you know what they are!
Electronics – Many people work on mobile devices these days. Make sure you have all components needed to use your electronics.