Cats & Dogs

Cats and dogs can be taken with you in your car if it’s a shorter move. If you transport them this way, remember to take the following items with you:

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

Animals can get carsick and will require frequent stops along the way. Also, if you’re staying at a hotel, check ahead to see if they allow pets. Be sure to check if the city you’re moving to has any local requirements or restrictions on animals. If you plan to ship your pet by air, make sure someone can meet them at the destination airport and take care for them until you arrive. Most kennels offer this service. If you are flying to your new destination, your cat or dog can ride in the baggage compartment, in which case you will need the following items:

  • Health certificate. Obtain this from your veterinarian.
  • Pet container. The airline may have a special container available (or you can use your own as long as it complies with airline regulations).
  • Medication. Your vet can provide medication 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 any cages with a cloth. Also, make sure they have food and water available.


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.