Moving can be an extremely stressful time for pets. Strangers are in the house, their bed has moved, the water bowl is in a different place and all the furniture is disappearing. Animals thrive on routine and when this is disrupted they can panic and become agitated.
We recommend that the best thing to do if you have a dog is to ask a friend or relative to take care of it on the day you move. But this option may not always be practical, so we have accumulated some tips to help make sure you have a pet-friendly move.
– While you’re busy packing and the moving company is loading your belongings into the moving vehicle, it’s best to keep your pet in a quiet room away from the upheaval.
– Make sure that as soon as you’re in your new house, the identity tag on your dog or cat is changed to your new address just in case they wander off or try to find their way back to your old home.
– Cats can be transported in a wicker and wire basket which should be fastened in place with a seat belt or wedged in the area behind the front seats.
– Guinea pigs, rabbits and hamsters travel best in metal or plastic containers. Make sure they have plenty of bedding and enough food for the journey.
– It’s a good idea to put a blanket or sheet over the cage or basket to block the unfamiliar view. Do not do it unless you are sure there is still ventilation.
– Don’t transport fish in their tank. Take them out and put them in strong polythene bags part filled with water from the tank. Upon arrival, immediately fill the tank and put the fish back into it.
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