Moving is a very stressful process, especially if you have pets, so we’ve compiled a list of tips for moving with pets to make it a little less painful for you. Be it a cat, dog, or guinea pig; we have some recommendations to ease this transition for both you and your furry friends.
Most pets are highly sensitive to changes in their environments, and as a pet owner, you need to consider that when moving. However, regardless of how much this change would enhance your life and that of your pet, your furry friends, guinea pigs, feline, or other pet cannot understand how their life is about to change for the better.
But when you know the right things to do when moving your pet, you would make the entire process and experience very smooth and easy for your pet. In this guide, we will be sharing some tips to help you move your pet to a new environment with ease.
Make Sure the New Home Is Safe for Your Pet
When moving with your pets, the first thing you need to do is make sure that the new home is safe for your pet. One of the clear indicators that the home is pet-friendly is a pet-friendly neighborhood. Next, you should observe the environment to see if the new neighbors have pets too.
Dog and cat owners need to ensure that there is enough space for their pets to walk, play, and exercise. You should also ensure that every plant around the house and the new neighborhood is safe for your pet. Many house plants are toxic to pets, such as aloe vera, Jade, Ivy, lilies, and more. If there are any dangling wires around the home, you should get rid of them. Make sure the new home is pet-proof before moving in. It would be best if you also learned the local laws of your new address or environment.
Get Your Pet Used to the Travel Arrangements
If your cat or dog is not used to the process of moving, then moving to your new home might be a very stressful experience for them. To help reduce this stress, you should make them get used to packing supplies, moving boxes, and the car. Gradually introduce them to a crate or box and leave them in there for a short period. Make the experience a positive one by praising and giving them treats while in the box.
You should start this process a few days or a few weeks before the moving day. Start by gradually increasing the amount of time they spend in the box. After that, have them spend some time in the vehicle. Then, take them for a short road trip, and increase the duration gradually.
This easing-in process will help condition your pet to overcome common moving issues such as car sickness before moving. It will also reduce box attacks and disruptions before moving. In addition, once your pet gets used to the box, it would help calm their pre-moving anxiety.
Keep Them Away from the Hassle of Packing
While packing, you should create a safe space for your feline or furry friend. Most pets are in tune with their owners, and your pet will know that something is going on while you start boxing your properties. Keeping them away from the process of boxing up your home will help ease their nerves. You can do this by creating a safe space where they can stay while you pack your things.
Put your pet in a comfortable and quiet space. Ensure easy access to a bed, food, toys, and litter box (for cats). If your pet is clingy, you can soothe them with a towel or garment with your scent. In addition, your scent will help to reduce their moving anxiety.
Talk to Your Vet
While preparing for the journey ahead, you should consult with your vet. Vets are professionals for helping pets, and they know how best to help your pet manage this stressful situation. Before you move, you should take your pet for a checkup.
If your pet is susceptible to anxiety, you should consult your vet for advice. Your vet will tell you how to keep your pet calm and make the process as smooth as possible. In some cases, your vet might recommend some stress-reduction supplements to ease anxiety.
You should also request a copy of your pet’s medical records and files while moving, as you would likely switch to a new vet when you get to your new city. You might also need to collect a health certificate for the latest vaccination for your pet.
For Complicated Logistics, Hire Professional Pet Movers
Moving with specific species and sizes of pets can be complicated sometimes. You should hire a professional pet moving company to help with the relocation for pets with unique needs, exotic pets, and overseas moves. These companies have vast experience in moving pets, and they know the best ways to handle your pet during the transition process. They will help to take away the hassle of moving your pet for you. In addition, they know how to reduce anxiety and stress, ensuring your pet gets to the new location safe and sound.
For Air Travel, Opt for Carry-On Instead of Cargo
It is always best to transport pets with a vehicle. However, if you must fly, you should opt for a carry-on instead of cargo. Leaving your pet in the cargo hold of an airplane can be very stressful for them. However, there are many regulations for carrying on small pets while traveling by air. For example, some airlines only allow small dogs and cats. However, whenever you can carry on your pet, you should opt for it rather than transporting them via cargo.
Pack an Emergency Moving Kit for the Trip
Pack all the necessities for your animal friends in a bag before you hit the road; this will help reduce stress for both you and your pet. The bag or kit should contain bathroom supplies, water, blankets, favorite toys, cleaning supplies, meals, paper towels, and favorite snacks, as you might not find any pet store during the transit. Use your best judgment when deciding on the type and amount of supplies to take. If it is a long-distance journey, you would need more supplies.
Stick to Your Normal Routine
One of the best ways to reduce stress on your pet before moving is to stick to your routine. Of course, there will be many last-minute things you need to do before making a move, but changing your pets’ schedules can increase your pet’s anxiety level.
You should avoid skipping your daily routine with your pets. Regardless of how busy your schedule is, make sure you feed them at the usual time, do not skip their regular playtime or walks, show them the same amount of love and care as you have always done. It would be best if you still spent time with them as often as possible. The extra love will help prepare your pets ahead of the move.
Keep Your Pet Secluded
You should unpack and organize your pet’s area first before moving your pet in. Then, once your pet arrives at your new home, try to set up the place as much as you can before you introduce them to the new space. After that, introduce them to the part of the house that you have put together and arranged.
Moving with Guinea Pigs
Guinea pigs also suffer from being jolted around. If you are moving with guinea pigs, you need to be extra careful, as their hearts do not do well with such changes. It would help if you transported them in a comfortable, small, and warm carrier.
Moving with Fish
Fish are another type of pet that is easily traumatized when moved, as they respond to any outside stresses strongly. For short distance moves, you can transport them in a bag filled with water from their old tank. For long-distance moves, we recommend leaving them with a trusted pet lover and buying new ones when you get to your new location.
Moving with Birds
Birds are one of the few pets that are somewhat easier to move. However, some bird owners make the mistake of letting their birds out of the cage on a moving day. Your feathered friends can easily take the opportunity and fly away if you make this common mistake.
Moving comes with a lot of stress. First, you have to box up your entire life, find a reliable moving company, and then unpack and begin a new life in a new home. Unfortunately, this process is twice as stressful for pet owners. Fortunately, you can simplify the process by following our tips for moving with pets.
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