Moving itself is quite a stressful task. If you have pets, there is no doubt that they too will share some of the stress and have various adverse reactions as a result. When it comes to moving with pets, you have to pay special attention to making sure that they are completely safe from physical harm while also doing everything you can to prevent mental strain. Frankel Realty, a pioneer in the Florida real estate scene has put together step-by-step guide to moving with pets.
Step 1 – Research the regulations and obtain a health certificate
Whether you have cats, dogs, birds or exotic animals, the very first step would be to make sure that they are in perfect health for the move. In the case of small kittens, puppies and other newborn pets, it is always advised that you wait until they are old enough to move. As for regulations, these are especially important if you are moving with an exotic pet such as reptiles, amphibians and various types of birds. If you are moving long distance or between states finding out the regulations is very important to avoid various problems.
Step 2 – Prepare your pets for moving
For dogs and cats, you will need to obtain kennels or carriers. These are readily available for purchase and for rent. You can always ask your movers if they can recommend a place or if they actually provide them to make the task easier. Be sure to ensure that the carriers have plenty of ventilation and enough space for your animal to stand or sit in comfort. You can always take a friendly dog or a well-behaved cat on a ride in your car but if they are especially fussy, the carriers are an absolute necessity. As for birds, amphibians and reptiles, you can use their cages for the purpose.
Step 3 – Keep your pets away from stress
On the day of your move, there will be a great deal of energy and in most cases, chaos and loud noises in your house. This can be especially stressful for cats, dogs, birds and most other animals. You will need to keep them separated so that they can be relaxed for the move. This is extremely important as stress can cause your pets to become agitated and difficult to handle. Birds, cats and some reptiles may even get violent if they are exposed to a stressful environment. Place them in a quiet room and make plans to keep the move as quiet and stress free as possible. It is very important to understand that high levels of stress can cause mental strain and in extreme cases, permanent distress in animals.
Step 4 – Transfer your pet into their natural habitat immediately
While dogs, birds and some cats might enjoy a ride in your car, other animals may not like the sudden change of environment. In the case of amphibians and reptiles, it is best to get to your destination as fast as possible and to transfer them into their habitats immediately. Of course, you will need to make arrangements to have their new home set up when you arrive.