When we moved house a few years ago, many of our concerns about the moving process centred on our pets. We moved our pets ourselves in our car and my in-laws’ car. Essentially one car was for the cats and their stuff, with the other being for the fish tank and the fish.
Moving the Cats
- Lock the cat flap up nice and early and keep the cats in one room once removal people arrive.
- We had packers in, so we asked them to pack and clear the smallest bedroom first and then put the cats and their things in there out of the noise and the disruption. Having packers in cut the disruption to us and the cats (we had 2 teams on our job as it was mid-week and they packed everything up on the day we moved).
- When we arrived at the new house, we put them into a quiet bedroom and closed the door (putting a no entry sign outside). They stayed there until the removal men had gone.
- We took them on a tour of their new house and took care to show them where their food was placed and their litter tray was kept.
Moving the Fish
- This is rather a complicated undertaking, but you need to plan in advance and order in things like plastic bags to transport the fish in.
- You need to be ready to deal with the fish as soon as you arrive in your new house.
- Moving fish is very similar to bringing new fish home from the pet shop and you need to think about acclimatizing them.
- We found it helpful to have some extra pairs of hands for this job.
Bringing a New Pet Home
Many of the same principles to bringing a new pet into your home. In fact, you need to think even more carefully about it, as the pet has to get used to new people as well as a new home. If you are looking for some tips to bring a pet into a new home then here is a good place to look for some tips.