Moving to a new place can be a fun adventure, but it can also be stressful. When your family includes furry, feathered, or finned friends, it can sometimes get complicated. Here, we offer some tips for keeping your pets safe and calm during your move.
- First, get them used to the idea of traveling before you do it. Start by acclimating your pets to their crates by putting them into the crates for short periods of time at home. Then move on to the next step, of putting the crates in the car and sitting there without going anywhere. Next, sit with the engine on, then drive around the block so they can get used to the movement of the car. If you’re flying, you clearly won’t be able to practice taking them on a plane. However, practicing with the crates and the car can make them more comfortable once the time comes to travel. You might also consider a professional pet mover who will know how to safely move your pets across the country or even across the world, adhering to any local or regional regulations.
- Keep your pets safe while you pack. Make them a “safe space” in the house, with familiar items and crates or beds so they’ll feel comfortable and protected. Pets notice when their home is being packed up, and they may feel distressed when you are packing, but having a safe place to hide will make them feel safer.
- Communicate with your vet. Schedule an appointment for each of your pets so that you can make sure they’re up to date with vaccines and checkups before you leave. Ask your vet for tips on keeping your pets calm during the move, and if you’re moving to another area, ask for recommendations for a new vet. Get copies of your vet records and fill any prescriptions for your pets before you move.
- Pack an overnight kit for your furry family members. Just as you’ll pack a bag for each of your human family members with things they’ll need in the first few days at the new place, pack for your pets. You’ll need to include dog food, kitty litter, toys, grooming tools, and anything else your pets will need to feel comfortable while you’re unpacking and settling into your new home.
- Make sure your pets are out of the way on moving day. Preferably, have them boarded somewhere or ask a friend to take them for the day. If that’s not possible, close them into a room where they’ll be safe during all the commotion. That’s another time in which their safe space will be helpful. Put a note on the door letting people know which pets are in the room, so that no one opens the door. Pets can be stressed out by all the action of moving day, and they can also get underfoot and potentially be hurt. Worse, a panicky pet could bolt through an open door and get lost.
- Special pets require special care. The above tips primarily apply to cats and dogs, but what about other pets? Small animals require some special care when you’re moving.
- Guinea Pigs: Guinea pigs are sensitive and don’t do well when they’re jostled around. Their hearts are easily damaged, so if you must transport guinea pigs, make sure they’re carried in something small, warm, and comfortable.
- Fish: Moving with fish is not a very good idea, because they’re easily traumatized and moving can sometimes be fatally stressful for them. If you’re moving a short distance, you may be able to transport them in bags filled with water from their old tank. However, if you’re moving across the country, you’re better off rehoming your fish, emptying your tank, and getting new fish in your new home.
- Birds: Even if your bird is normally free-range and sits on your shoulder contentedly, the move is one time for a bird cage. Even the smartest parrot can get jittery and nervous during a move, and you don’t want your feathered pal to fly away.
- Plan a few days off to help your pets adjust. Spend some time helping them get back into their normal routine while adjusting to their new home. Recreate your pets’ safe space in the new home, and keep them contained until you’ve moved all your things into the house. Introduce them to the new environment slowly, giving them plenty of positive attention. Get collar tags with your new address as soon as you can in case a pet slips out of the house.
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