The process takes its toll on everyone in the family, even your furry or finned family members. If you have a big move planned, keep these tips in mind and make the process as easy as possible on your pets.
Dogs easily sense the stress their owners are under. Keep everything as low-key as possible in your home. Be prepared for the dog to act aggressively towards others who are helping you with a move, even if the dog is usually laid back. Seeing your belongings being packed up and moving out of the home by strangers will cause the territorial nature come out in most dogs.
When you arrive at your new home, set up the dog’s area first, complete with toys, bed, and feeding dishes, so that he has a place to go. Give your dogs time and take him outside so he won’t do the accident in the house otherwise, besides moving stuff you will be dealing with dog pee stains and odor in your new home too. Always keep one spray bottle of pet urine odor remover, its must have item for pet owners. Keep your dog restrained so he does not wander while things are being moved in or out of your homes. You may wish to board the dog or have a friend watch him on your actual moving day.
Cats have a very strong “homing” instinct. Make sure you keep your cat properly confined in your new home until he accepts it as home. If you don’t, your cat may wander off in search of his old stomping grounds. Like dogs, cats can sense your fear and stress during the move. Help ease some of his stress by playing with him every day before you move and setting up a safe place in your new home for him as soon as you arrive.
Before moving fish, talk to your local aquarium store or pet shop about the best methods to transport them. If you are flying, call the airline to discuss flying with fish, which has special considerations. Try to move the fish in their own tank water as much as possible, because introducing them to water with completely new chemistry at your new home will create a tremendous amount of stress.
Small pets, like rabbits, hamsters, and guinea pigs, require less attention when moving because they can stay fairly well confined. Make plans for the actual move, however. If you will be flying to your destination, ask the airline about their policies regarding these types of pets. If you are driving, make arrangements to drive your animals in your car, rather than the van or truck, which could become too hot. Make sure you do not forget to feed and water these small animals during the hustle and bustle of your move.
Before moving with exotic pets, including exotic reptiles, birds, monkeys, wolves, prairie dogs, and others, learn what the laws are in the state or municipality where you will be living. Some areas have outlawed these types of pets because of unethical breeding practices, and you do not want to end up with an unwanted surprise when you arrive. You can contact the state Veterinarian’s Office or State Department of Agriculture to get this information, as well as the town governmental office.These simple tips will help make your move to your next home and your future the best experience for you, your family and your pets.