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Quick Tips for Easily Moving Pets

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If you’re moving to a new home, and you own pets, then you probably have a lot to think about. A lot of people seem to think it’s better to give their pets away when they move, but that’s really not the best option. As pets are really members of the family, it’s hard not to do what you have to in order to keep them with you. Thankfully, there are some easy things that you can do to make moving with your pets a little easier. Put these tips to work for you and you’ll see that it is more than possible to get you and your entire family, including your animals, to your new home without trouble or too much stress. And in the end, your pets deserve at least for you to try.

Moving Cats

Felines don’t like change as much as you think they appear to, as they will generally check out every box and even try to get packed into one or two of them. As such, you’ll need to take a few steps to make moving easy on your feline friends.

  • Keep their routine as close to normal as possible.
  • Consider changes in bathroom habits a result of stress and do what you can to reduce both the stress and the problem.
  • Get them used to long rides and the carrier they will be traveling in over a course of a few months before moving day arrives.
  • Keep food and litter boxes in the places they are used to them being.
  • Feed them at the same time as you usually feed them.
  • Visit the vet and make sure they are up to date on all shots and get a copy of vet records. You can also ask for recommendations for a new vet in your new location.
  • Clear out a room for them to relax in on moving day and put a note on the door so that no one goes into the room and potentially lets them out where they can escape through an open door while your things are being loaded into a moving truck.

Moving Dogs

Similar to cats, dogs aren’t too keen on changes that make their lives far different than they are used to. The biggest difference between cats and dogs is the fact that dogs are not easily allowed off to do their own thing. They require more interaction from their owners, so heed the following advice when you’re moving with a dog.

  • Do all you can to maintain a normal routine for your dog. Keep feeding and exercise times the same even while you are packing and the house is changing around them.
  • Prepare your dog for a long trip by taking them on short drives to get them used to the car.
  • Visit the vet to make sure they are up to date on all of their shots and get a copy of all vet records. Ask for a recommendation for a new vet in your new location.
  • Purchase an identification tag for your dog to wear throughout the trip, just in case they get away for any reason.
  • Purchase an acceptable carrier if you are shipping your dog via airline. Make sure all other requirements are met.
  • Keep your dog in their crate on moving day to prevent bites or your dog getting loose while the movers are working with your things and are loading the moving truck.

Moving Fish

Moving with your fish tank can be one of the most trying things that you’ve ever attempted. As such, consider preparing well ahead of time and have the tools and resources necessary to relocate your fish tank with ease.

  • Collect travel tanks and containers for the tank’s water early in the moving process.
  • Have at least one air stone for each of the travel tanks.
  • Wait until a day before the move to drain the fish tank and place the fish into their travel tanks.
  • Fill each travel tank with water and place your fish in the tanks so that they are not over crowded. Always use water from the tank to fill them.
  • Drain the rest of the water into the transport containers you’ve prepared. Taking the water with you will enable a faster and less stressful setup in your new home.
  • Contact movers who are experts in moving fish tanks to handle your move. Allow them to pack the tank so that it is covered under their liability.
  • Set up your tank first when you arrive at your new home. Check for leaks while you are setting it up and preparing it for your fish.
  • Have a backup plan in case your tank suffers damage throughout the move, as fish generally don’t do well in small travel tanks for long periods of time.

Moving Small Animals

Other small pets need consideration as well when you are moving. Here are some things to think about when you are moving and you want to take your small animals with you.

  • If you’re moving a bird, carefully consider the temperatures involved. Even transporting a cage from the house to the car in very cold weather can cause the bird to get sick and die. Plan your move around knowing this.
  • Small animals like hamsters can be transported in travel cages. Be sure they are sealed, but have some kind of airflow that allows your pet to breathe. Furthermore, make sure you feed and provide water throughout the long trip if not allowing it at all times.
  • Snakes are easily moved in pillow cases. Simply put your snake in a pillow case and tie it in a knot. This allows your snake to be moved without having to worry about it getting out of the tank or lost in the car.
  • Reptiles and other small creatures that require heating elements can be moved in a state of hibernation. Ask your vet for information on inducing hibernation and preparing your pet for movement where heating elements may not be readily available.

About the Author: Alyssa Sullivan knows how important pets are to the family. As such, she highly recommends Moving Angels for anyone moving to a new home in the near future. When she’s not working, Alyssa enjoys spending time with her cats and dog at home.

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