Moving House with Small Pets
Moving home can be an incredibly stressful time but it is important to remember that as stressful as it is for you, it can be even more so for your pets.
Your Pets Personal Needs
The first step is to assess the individual needs of your pet, whether it is a dog, a cat, a hamster or any small animal. A pet that is more easily agitated or frightened of new experiences will need more specific care. Get them used to their method of transportation beforehand and, if they are sensitive to noises, the various sounds they may encounter in transit.
Once you have assessed your pet’s personal needs, move on to preparing pet breaks around your travel schedule. If you are in for a long trip to relocate, plan to ensure your pet gets adequate rest stops for bathroom breaks, food, or to give them a moment to relax. For pets that may have specific cages or tanks, make sure they are safe, secure, comfortable and stocked with enough food and water for the journey.
Considering food and water, you need to make sure that you have enough with you to keep your pet happy and healthy whilst moving. Dehydration can be incredibly dangerous in any animal. Temperature is also crucial when moving with small animals, as is air quality. Keeping a consistent temperature and good air flow will provide a comfortable environment. If the temperature is uncomfortable for you, it will be the same for your pet. Don’t forget to bring any medication that your pet may need as well as a creature comfort to calm them. Make sure it is something familiar to your pet to keep them at ease.
If you have any particular queries, make sure you speak to your vet before your move.