Moving with your housepets

The day of your move is a difficult one, so imagine how anxious your pet can be. They can be more anxious than you and they can be especially confused during this time. Moving with a cat and a fish in the past has taught me that it’s not easy at all. There are no one-size-fits-all solutions out there, but you get to have some guidance that will hopefully make it a little bit more likely to keep your companions.

PEACE & QUIET

1. During the moving period, the way to avoid stress is to preserve the quiet. That may mean an empty bedroom, another floor, with the door closed, no loud noises, and so on. I would typically make a pet cradle in the garage or even leave them in the car (be careful to make sure they have a safe temperature AND have water and other food that is there to last). A routine will help a lot, so make sure to keep to your daily meals and walks as much as possible.

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VISIT THE VET

2. If you’re moving out, give your veterinarian a ring so that they can offer you the necessary information about your pets, which you can use in the future. Especially see if there’s another vet who they can recommend.

PREPARING A KIT FOR THE NIGHT

3. Preparation of an easily accessible and handy overnight kit, featuring their favorite foods, toys, and even snacks will greatly help in alleviating tension. Especially in the first few days of unpacking, this can make the experience much more peaceful and enjoyable.

KEEP YOUR PET INSIDE

4. Make sure to keep your pet inside its carrier, as they might quickly run off and get lost otherwise. Your home will not be the same without them, and it will be hard to stop mid-way through the move. Advice for cat owners: All cats are a great company and most people have a delight keeping them in their new home. Try to get them used to staying inside during the ride.

TAKE YOUR PET IN YOUR VEHICLE

5. The pet might enjoy going to your new house with you. Cats do and can be put in a small carrier. Dogs can do so too but will need some more space and excitement brought into the car before they can be completely comfortable. Decide whether there is enough space on your seats. Pay attention to how fast you’re driving with them. For their sake, carefully placing a blanket on their carrier can help them avoid confusion with the changing environment.

KEEP THE CARRIER LOCKED

6. Move the house before you move a pet. Set up everything you can and everything around it as you want before you let them go into the new house. They can be left off to another member of the family of the house while you are going to be able to slowly unpack everything. Pay special attention to your pet and take it with you regardless of where you’re going, as they might get lonely. Give them as many toys or feathers as possible. Show them that they are in a safe place with you!

RENEW YOUR INFORMATION

7. In addition to this, update the labels or microchip to capture the new location information, such as the address and where to find you.

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MOVING WITH FISH

8. Do you move with fish? Exposure to stress is exceedingly difficult for them and can be painful to some, if not fatal. Reduce it, by using bags filled with the old water tank water (get your aquarium water supplied with necessary minerals). If you are due a long way, leave them with a friend.

MOVING WITH BIRDS

9. It’s a fact that more than a feathery friend has flown away during a move. Many people notice that the bird wants to fly out and let them go. Birds, as well as most pets, are extremely uncomfortable with change. So, we can have a parrot that is put in a cage and carefully transported to your new home.

MOVING WITH GUINEA PIGS

10. It’s well known that guinea pigs are sensitive. Their heart is as luminous as they appear, so guinea pigs must be well cared for and are transported in small, comfortable and light containers.

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