When moving, whether it is across the street or across the world, there are many factors to consider. Perhaps the most fragile thing to move are your pets!
Options When Moving With Your Pets
Different animals have different reactions to moving. Moving with a cat proves to be the most challenging as they become attached to certain environments. Before you move, adjust your cat to being inside a carrier or being in the car – but place a piece of used clothing to lend them comfort because of the familiar scent. When moving day rolls around, move the cat and their toys last. Keeping the cat in a closed off room will help them to feel more secure. When the move happens, talk to and comfort your cat to help alleviate some of their stress.
Moving with a dog is a much easier process, as unlike cats, dogs are more attached to people than they are to environment. A new place will likely excite and interest your dog, so long as you are by their side.
Some precautions should still be taken. Before moving, you should practice basic commands such as ‘sit’ and ‘stay’ with your dog. At both the old and new home, dogs should be confined to their own room while moving belongings to ensure they don’t escape. Make sure your dog has an ID tag with your new address on it, in case they get loose. When moved in, be sure to go on many walks to ensure they are aware of their new surroundings and location.
If you are moving with something a little smaller or more delicate, such as a bird or a pet rabbit, there are additional precautions that need to be put in place. You must first make sure to pay special attention to temperature changes, and keep rabbits and birds in a temperature controlled environment throughout the entire move, as both animals are very sensitive to this. Birds and rabbits are easily moved in their own cage, which should be covered throughout the move to reduce stress and avoid drafts. Don’t forget to remove swinging objects in the bird’s cage so they cannot injure your bird while the cage is being moved, and remove food and water to avoid spills.
The key to a successful move with your pets is consistency. Make sure they have plenty of their favorite toys, food, loads of attention, physical contact and reassurance. Adhere to previous routines.