Moving your Pet - Trust Professional Movers
It's not just you and your family that get stressed out by the process of moving; for any pet it can be an ordeal. It is important to take your animal, be it cat, dog, hamster, goldfish or canary into consideration when planning your re-location.Firstly, take time to plan things. As pets may require logistical adjustments, allow a lot of time to get things onto place so the pets suffer as little as possible. If you have a larger pet like a cat or a dog, don't simply put them in the back of a van or car and drive away. Most suffer from travel sickness and might be made ill or worse by the process. If you have to take them with you, keep them near you, on a lead or in a carry case. If you think ahead of time that your animal is going to be particularly affected by the whole process, consider sending them to a cattery or kennel. A little attention towards the animal can work wonders through the whole process, giving them re-assurance through a traumatic time. Another thing to consider with cats or dogs is not to let them out and about straight away at your destination. This runs the risk of them running away and getting lost. This can be terrifying, especially if there are main roads nearby. Make sure that the animal's collar tag information is updated with your new address and that your contact telephone number is up to date.If you have a cat that goes to the toilet outside, switch it back to a litter tray and let it go inside for a while. If you have a dog, take it for a few walks around the block to get used to its surroundings. Smaller pets (hamsters, gerbils, rabbits, birds) tend to take moves more in their (shorter) stride. Some things to bear in mind however; make sure that the animals' cage or container is suitable for transport. If you think not, would it be worth investing a travel case for it to travel in? These are available from most pet shops, and can reduce the stress of travelling. Once you arrive at your destination, take the time to set up somewhere for your pet first, and get them settled before you carry on unpacking. You might want to put them somewhere out the way of the majority of the noise, so as to reduce the stress on them. Moving an aquarium can also be difficult, as they are heavy and very difficult to shift without incurring damage. The best thing to do is to drain the tank first. Put your fish into in fish bags, or if they are tropical fish, pick up some poly-boxes that will hold the water temperature. These will be available from your local pet shop. The fish should be fine in the bags/boxes for up to twelve hours, but after this the oxygen in the water will start to run out and the fish will start to suffer, so the sooner you can get them pack into the tank, the better. Make sure that you put the tank in an appropriate location, out of direct sunlight. Finally, if you are in doubt, ask your mover. Experienced removals men will have seen everything before, and will be able to help you make the transition a smooth one for you and your animal.