Considering the fact that moving is stressful for most people, it can also make your pets anxious. Pets can easily become stress when they undergo unexpected activity at home or when they are introduced to a new home or environment.
Moving with a number of pets, be it dogs or cats, is never an easy task. Such a challenge never comes with a formula to solve, but you can rely on the following tips to make the moving experience calmer and easier for your pet:
Prepare an Overnight Kit
Upon moving, prepare an overnight kit that is easily accessible. The kit should have enough grooming tools, kitty litter, food, and toys to sustain the pet and keep it comfortable over the first few days when unpacking.
Inform Your Vet
Before moving from your current location, inform your vet and take records and any necessary prescription medicines for your pet. Check with your vet whether they can recommend a new vet in the new neighborhood.
Keep Animals in a Quiet Area
When moving, you can easily reduce stress on your animals by keeping them in the quietest place possible. If it isn’t possible to leave them in a kennel or with a friend for a day, which is advisable, then remove the animals from the main action.
You can empty a specific room on a separate floor or any room far away from the main action and put them in a kennel or carrier in the room as you move items. Ensure you keep them in an area with safe temperature, and they have enough food and water for the time you will be busy moving.
Always check on them from time to time and try feeding them at the usual time they are fed on normal days. If your pets have a sense of a daily routine despite the changes, it will assist them a lot.
Move the Pet with Your Car
It is advisable to move a pet to your new home using your own car. Small dogs and cats can be carried in a carrier on the back seat of your car, and the carrier can be secured on the seat using the seat belt. A bigger pet, like a big dog, can be moved in a kennel in the back of your car.
You can put the seats down if necessary or possible. Some pets feel more comfortable when a blanket covers the carrier during a ride so that they won’t see a change in the environment outside.
Take Care of Your Pet in the New Environment
Upon arriving in your new neighborhood, ensure that you take care of your pets as they can get lost easily in a new environment. Avoid opening the kennel or carrier until it is put inside the new house, even if your pet is docile or well-behaved.
Give them a number of days to adjust in the new house. You may keep cats indoors for their safety, and a move to a new home will give you an opportunity to keep them indoors.
Move the House First
It is advisable to use removalists and move your home first before moving the pet. You can set up as much as possible in your new home before introducing your pet into the new house. Try as much as possible to confine the pets in a section of your home as they adjust to the new surroundings slowly.
Ensure you give the pets attention and always introduce them to familiar objects such as blankets or toys. Always make them feel comfortable in the new home as they try to adjust.
After your move, ensure you update any microchip or tag information to your new phone number and address.
Moving With Fish
If you plan to move with fish, you should be aware that fish respond quickly and strongly to an event of stress. Thus, a move may traumatize them if not fatal. Although it is not ideal, you can move them short distance using bags hat are filled with water in an old water tank suitable for fish.
You can check with a local aquarium store for some supplies and further details. If you will move to a long distance location, then it is advisable to give them to a friend or neighbor, and empty the tank. Then buy new fish once you settle in your new home.
Moving with Guinea Pigs
Other pets that can suffer from being jostled around or a change in the environment are guinea pigs. Their hearts are susceptible. Thus, take care when moving them and ensure you move them in a comfortable, warm, and small carrier.
Finally but not least, you should know that like any other pet, birds are jittery about change. Even the smartest parrot will balk at the slightest idea of being put in a cage, thus do it during the moving day.