Moving with Pets: 10 Best Tips to Make Your Pets Feel Safe During a Move
Moving is never an easy task, and that can be compounded when moving with kids or pets, as there is an adjustment to work with. You might be using friendly Randwick removalists or wherever you are to help with your furniture and boxes, but remember your pets are a big part of your home too. We’ve got you covered with 10 tips to make your pets feel safe during a move.
- Get in Touch with your Vet
Depending on how far you’re moving, I always recommend to speak with your vet first. It may help in both ascertaining any potential issues with your pet beforehand, or gaining recommendations on a vet in the new area, or even just helping alleviate some concerns you may have.
- Pack Your Pet’s Stuff Last
Basically I suggest you only pack your pet’s toys, mat, food etc on the day, or as late on the previous night as possible. Don’t let your pet get too suspicious of a potential move. By packing your pet’s stuff last you can keep some normality during the moving time.
- Unpack Your Pet’s Stuff First
Once the move is complete, get your pet’s stuff out first. If you want some tips on packing and unpacking, you can check out our post on tips to organise your house after a move. Help your pet get used to their new surroundings by having the familiar smells and feelings of toys, mats and food as quickly as possible.
Keep Your Pets Away from the Main Action
Make sure that when your skilled removalists in Mosman or in your local area, are doing their work with the big ticket items are being moved around, and doors are being kept open, it’s best to keep your pet as far away from all this excitement as you can. You don’t want your dog being trampled on or your cat making a bolt for the front door and out into oncoming traffic.
Moving with Cats
If you’re moving with cats, then you need to consider a few things. Firstly, is your cat an outside or inside cat? If your cat is an inside cat, then this is probably easier. However, if your cat is an outdoor cat, then you will want to research if your neighbours have any cats. Usually, cats can be very territorial, and generally roam into other people’s gardens freely. Don’t take your cat out of his/ her cage until after you have unpacked everything and are ready for him/her to explore the new surroundings. You may want to consider either encouraging your cat to become and indoor cat, or keep him/her inside for a couple of weeks until he/she can be a bit more settled.
Moving with Dogs
Dogs are usually the easiest to move with. I would suggest to not wash your dog’s mat during the move, so that when you do arrive in the new digs, your pup has a familiar smell amongst the raft of new ones to deal with. I would also recommend to take your dog for a couple of walks in your new neighbourhood before you do the move (if possible), so he/she can start to get a bit more familiar with the new surroundings.
Moving With Fish
Fish respond very strongly to stress, and the consequences can be traumatisation or even possibly fatal. Travelling with a full aquarium filled up is not ideal, no matter how efficient your removalists in Sydney North Shore are, so you might either put your fish in a bag with their own aquarium water for the move, or if the move is quite long, it’s probably best that you give them a new home with one of your friends, family, or neighbours, and after the move is done empty the tank and buy new fish.
Moving with Guinea Pigs, Hamsters, Rabbits
These animals tend to have weaker hearts – so please take care when moving. Transport them in a small or cosy, warm and comfy container and take it easy with them.
Moving with Birds
Birds, just like animals and people, can sometimes be uncomfortable or anxious about change. To avoid them from flying off, make sure they are kept in their cage during the move, and probably for a good few days after the move.
The key to all is to remember about your pets, and remember that they are a large part of your family too. Doing this, and keeping them in mind, and your move should be a success!