Kalamazoo Pets Can Benefit from Relocation Planning

Cute relocating pet! If you are planning a move that moves you to or away from Kalamazoo or Portage MI and have a pet, read these tips!

The packing has begun,  the Veenstra Team has been called to help you purchase your next home or provide the free market analysis before you list your Kalamazoo area home,  the kids are eager and a bit anxious and friends and relatives are waiting by their phone or computer screens to catch the first snapshots of the new house you will find while working with David or Jason Veenstra 🙂  (269-350-5514) . Everyone seems clued in, on the same wavelength, ready to go!


Well, think again.  Did  somebody get left out?   What about your pet?

When all is said and done, it’s a sure bet that they will be happy in their new home (after all, they’re always happy as long as you are paying attention to them). But in the interim, what steps can you take to simplify your pet’s move to the new home?

The first order of business should be a simple safety measure. Create tags with your new address details (and a phone number that won’t change). It’s not likely, but possible, that a recently-uprooted pet may try to find the old house – especially the first few times he or she is left unattended. You need to be doubly sure pets are properly identified so they can be returned promptly. Even house cats who are usually collarless should be given some identification during the beginning weeks in a new home. Those first few days and weeks are the most likely time for doors and windows to be accidentally left open… and it’s much better to be safe than tearful!

Depending on time and distance factors, a sanity-conserving idea is to find a safe and quiet place for pets to stay during the actual move.  Whether you ask friends or relatives or use a kennel or cattery, it will minimize the sense of disruption your small friends experience. Put yourself in their paws: big, burly strangers moving sofas and beds in and out of giant trucks? Better the kennel!

Last tip: give them extra attention. Distraction is one carnival trick that never fails. Your pets may miss their previous environment, but when you shower them with special attention before, during, and after the move, they’ll be convinced that your love made the move, too.

If you are moving away from Kalamazoo and need to get your home sold by the most effective Kalamazoo home marketing real estate team, give us a call (269-350-5514) or fill out the form below and we will provide a free home market analysis and a marketing presentation that will show how we will get your home sold!

If you’ve already found your new Kalamazoo home and are planning the move – congrats!  If you’re just getting started in the search, as we mentioned earlier 🙂 , we would be delighted to put our local experience to work for all the members of your household.  Call The Veenstra Team anytime and sign up for our First Friend emails!  It is a free introduction to the greater Kalamazoo area and lots of the trivia about the community that will keep you from seeming like a Kalamazoo newbie! !