Moving can be a stressful situation for humans, imagine how stressful it can be on your four-legged family member. Things changing in the house is unexpected, therefore taking a few extra steps to ensure your pets move is a smooth transition is worth every minute.
First and foremost- keep your pet away from the actual moving. Leaving with a family member or even a trusted kennel will keep them from getting stressed by all the sudden movements. If relocating them is not an option, keep them a quiet place in the house or in your yard if possible. Be sure to check on them regularly and try and keep their feeding schedule the same.
Pack an easy overnight bag for your pet- having their favorite toy, food and whatever else their creature comforts may be will make it easier, and quicker to access so they are comfortable while you unpack.
Take them to the new place in your own car. This familiarity will help the transition and help them to feel safe.
Keep an extra close eye on your pet in the new place. You don’t want your pet to get out and get lost in a new neighborhood. Give them a few days to adjust before you let them roam.
Moving with fish? Fish can get very stressed by the disruption. It is best to transport them (short distances) in bags filled with tank water.
If you have birds, keeping them in their cage during the entire transition is best.
Don’t forget to update their contact information! From tags to chips, get that address updated!