Moving takes a toll on most people, so imagine how anxious it could make your furry friends. Between the chaos of packing everything up, handling the paperwork, and canceling utilities, it can be easy to forget how the upcoming relocation may be affecting your pet.
This article will look at different ways to make the relocation process stress-free and seamless for pets.
● Be mindful of water: The most challenging part of a move for a fish comes during transportation. Don’t pour fresh water into the container you will be placing your fish. Instead, get some water from the top of the fish’s aquarium, and fill half of the container. While on the trip, open the container a few times to replenish the air supply.
● Don’t feed the fish: Fishes can go a week without eating. Stop feeding them two days before the trip. Since you want to keep the water as clean as possible, don’t feed them while traveling.
● Refrain from overcrowding: Use a box with styrofoam lines readily available at aquarium stores, and don’t put them all together. Line the box with one or two plastic trash bags. Plastic containers or buckets are acceptable for shorter moves, not for longer moves, since they can leak toxins into the water.
● Make sure the car’s temperature isn’t extreme: Birds are susceptible to temperature. So make your car’s AC and heater work fine. Keep them away from direct sunlight.
● Avoid feeding water: While in the car, avoid using water, and provide high water content food instead. This includes cucumbers and watermelon. This will keep the bird dry but hydrated. You can give them water during stops.
● Take enough food: You should have at least a month’s supply of food for your birds. Since changes in food can cause intestinal issues, it’s best to stick up on brands they love. Just in case you can’t find the same in your new city. Then slowly make the switch to new food.
● Keep the temperate consistent: Gerbils, hamsters, chinchilla, guinea pigs are susceptible to heat and cold and extreme temperature fluctuations. So keep them away from AC vents and sunlight.
● Keep the cage well-sealed: You can take them in the same cage in which they live. But make sure they’re adequately sealed, so they don’t escape.
● Take them inside: If you are staying at a hotel overnight, bring them in with you. Don’t leave them alone in the car. Book a pet-friendly hotel instead. It will give them a chance to hop, run and crawl around for a bit.
Whether moving long-distance with pets or moving with multiple pets, we hope the above tips help you keep your furry friends calm and happy through the moving days.