Moving With Pets
Moving with pets can be very stressful to both you and your pet. Imagine how anxious it makes you and how anxious your pet will get about the movement and the new environment. I have moved with my pets and I have helped people move with their pets and from experience I know it’s not an easy task.
Proper prior planning will go a long way to help you minimize the challenges involved. The planning should begin as soon as you anticipate the movement. Here are some insightful tips to help you out.
Know the state laws and regulations concerning moving with pets
Nearly all states have some laws regulating entry of pets. In order to move with ease, contact your new home state’s veterinarian and be briefed on the laws. Find out how to get entry license, pet health certificate and how to pay fees associated with moving with your pet in time.
Make a travel kit for your pet
Travel kits make moving easier and convenient. A pet travel kit should have enough food to keep your pet satisfied throughout the journey, adequate water, kitty litter, a few grooming tools and toys. The kit will ensure that your pet is less anxious, engaged, comfortable and satisfied on transit and during the days of unpacking.
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Create a Pet ID
In addition to acquiring certification to move with your pet, you will need some form of pet identification. An ideal pet ID should have your pet’s name, your name, the pet’s destination, your address and contacts.
Create a familiar surrounding for your pet at your new home
Creating a familiar surrounding makes it easy for your pet to get used to your new home. There are many ways to do this; use the same food and water dish to serve its meals, same beddings and same toys, at least for the first few days after unpacking. This will greatly reduce its anxiety. If you have to change the utensils, bedding and toys, you can do it after the pet is used to your new home.
Protect the pet from the action
There is so much involved in moving with a pet. You need to keep it in the safest, quietest and most comfortable area possible. This could mean covering the kernel, nest or aquarium with some shock absorbers. Also take precautionary measures to ensure that the housing maintains the appropriate temperature and adequate supply of fresh air.
Don’t let the pet out till you reach your new home
If your pet frees itself or if you let it out of the housing unit before you arrive at your destination it could easily get lost. Once they are in the car, be careful to ensure that they can’t leave their housing units till you reach your new home. Don’t take chances, no matter how disciplined you think they are.
Highlights on moving with different pets
Moving with a dog
Keep your dog in its kernel all through the journey. Keep the kernel as safe as possible, fill it with food, water and toys. Once you reach the new home, walk your dog around the new neighborhood so that it gets familiar with the new surroundings. Maintain the utensils, beddings, walking and feeding schedules as you did in your old home.
Moving with a cat
Keep your cat in your new house until it is familiar with the house. If it’s not familiar with the house it may leave, run away and never come back. Surround the cat with familiar items during the move and over the first few days after arrival to your new home. If you have to change your living arrangements, do it in phases to reduce stress and make it easy for your cat to adapt to the new environment.
Moving with fish
A move can be traumatizing to fish because fish respond strongly to the slightest change in their environment. Stressors can be fatal. The best way to transport fish is in short distances in containers filled old aquarium water; this minimizes changes in their environment. If you have to move over long distances, the fish may succumb to the move. It’s best to give the fish a new home with your old neighbors, empty your aquarium and start all over again at your new home.
Moving with birds
Birds are known to fly away on the move. You need to take extra care to ensure that they are properly caged on the eve of the move. Even if it has never flown off your shoulders, the change of environment could make them panic and fly away. Birds are generally very jittery to about change. Keep them well fed on transit and only release them after they are familiar with your new home.
Moving with guinea pigs
Guinea pigs are also very sensitive to changes in their environment. Make sure they are warm and comfortable during the move. Familiarize them with the new environment then release them after a couple of days.
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