If you’re gearing up for a big move, you’ve already researched long distance moving companies, but now you need to take the time to create a plan of action in terms of moving your pets. Moving is a stressful time for everyone, including your pets. The easier you can make the move on them, the easier the transition will be into your new home for everyone. Here are a couple of basic tips for various types of pets.
Cats and Dogs
For cats and dogs, you want to make sure you take the time to create a moving kit that will handle most of their needs for the first couple of days and keep it off to the side. Storage units are another viable option, especially if you are already using one to store an “overnight kit” for the other members of your family. This prevents your Glendale moving company from accidentally packing the items, making them difficult to find when you need them. This kit should include:
- Food and water bowls
- Blankets or bedding
- Crate or pet carrier
- Several of their favorite toys
- Litter box and litter
You should take your pets to the new home in your personal vehicle and give them time to explore before the moving starts to take place. Once they have explored, find a quiet area of the house and put the crate and carriers in that room and close the door. This allows them to stay away from all of the additional smells, sounds and distractions that could stress the animals out. While many professional moving companies, like Attention 2 Detail will respect your animals’ space, you need to make sure you inform them about your pets, where they are and where to put the items that will be eventually be going into that space. It is also a good idea to invest in good pet insurance, so you can be certain that your pet will stay healthy. There are many pet insurance companies to choose from, but the ones that offer the best deals are companies like Bivvy pet insurance.
Fish, Lizards, and Birds
Lizards and birds are fairly easy to transport and move, you just need to make sure you keep your cleaning supplies and food handy. If it is cold outside, you may want to consider using thermal heat packs, like you do for your gloves or boots, to help keep them warm.
Fish, on the other hand, are a different story. You are going to contact your local fish store and see what they would charge you to hold your fish for you while you move. If this is not a viable option, you will need to purchase a smaller, temporary tank to store your fish while you break down your main aquarium and set it up at the new location. You will need to recycle the tank prior to adding your fish, so if you can gain access to the home prior to moving in and set it up, that would be ideal.