Moving With Pets Tips
Each person has his or her own piece of pride: a new car, furniture made of natural wood, at least – a large plasma TV. One pop star is proud to have a large aquarium for 200 liters. It is also surprising because our heroine has moved three times in five years. Everyone who comes to visit, the celebrity shows the fish she had even before the first move. In a country where the move has for centuries been compared to the fire, such fish should be shown for money, and even better – to take money for recommendations for safe passage. But we found specialists who shared such secrets for free.
Pets – the most difficult object when moving. Canary in a cage, catfish in an aquarium or just a ficus in a vat – they are all alive, and they all feel that there is “something wrong”. From the uncertainty and unpleasant feelings there is stress, which means – not for long and before the disease. Our task is to make the move so that the pets do not suffer physically or morally. Those who are not difficult to follow the rules will help to do this.
One of the most difficult procedures is to prepare the aquarium for transportation. If you want your fish to move safely, you need to create the most comfortable conditions for them. First, before moving, you need to pour clean water from the aquarium to another container (bucket or jar). Then there are transplanted fish. Plants from the aquarium are placed in another free container and transported in it, with a small amount of “native” water. Primer from the aquarium is placed in separate plastic bags. Empty aquarium washed, wiped and wrapped in a cloth or air bubble film. Volume aquarium can be transferred to a furniture board or a thick sheet of plywood.
In a new place, the aquarium is wiped with a clean soft cloth without detergents. Primer is washed, then poured into the aquarium and planted there plants. Then pour into the aquarium brought with a “native” water, in which the fish splashes. After that, transplant fish. The next day you can begin to add a little bit of local water to the aquarium.
Birds also require special care. Many of the room birds are thermophilic, and from draughts they can get sick. Therefore, the cage should be protected from the wind with cardboard gaskets in advance. During the move itself, the cage should be covered with a thick dark cloth. This will not worry an already frightened bird. Only wavy parrots are an exception. They are very curious and can be transported in an open cage.
About the same rules should be followed when transporting hamsters, chinchillas, guinea pigs and other rodents. It is best to carry your pet in a cage or bag designed specifically for such cases. If you don’t have one, carry your pet in his own home – the new cage will cause additional stress. Don’t feed your pet before you travel as it may get motion sickness and even throw up. But there must be a water drinker in the cage. Do not pour too much water into the bowl. To keep it from splashing out, you can put a piece of sponge in the bowl, which will lick the moisture. Wrap the cage with a dense dark cloth so it doesn’t scare.
On the way, the cage should be securely fixed so that it doesn’t fall down. Make sure the cage is closed tightly – a sharp turn or on a bad road the door may open. And do not place other objects on the cage with the animal.
Cats and small dogs are usually carried in a carrying bag. If it’s cold outside, try not to freeze your pet. It’s best if it stays in the car or in the house for longer. You should have a bottle of water on hand to get your pet drunk. In heat, water can also be used to wet your tired pet’s coat. But you don’t have to feed the animal tightly before you go.
It is desirable to have someone near the animal during and after the move. If you close your cat or dog for two hours in the back of a car among things, your pet will be very nervous, and no one will predict his behavior in this situation.
When transporting large dogs, every precaution should be taken. Which means you have to put a muzzle and a leash on the animal. Instead of a leash, you can use a soft harness. The dog needs a good walk before the trip.
Do not leave your pet alone in the body or car. Excitement can cause your dog to start wailing and running around in the car, which will not please owners or outsiders. In a warm, unventilated van your dog may suffer heatstroke. If you are driving your dog in a passenger car, be aware that he should not interfere with the driver. The best option is to fasten the harness to the rear seatbelt in a special way so he can’t rush around in the passenger compartment. If he has no rear seatbelts, put him on the floor. If he rides in the seat, he could fall down and get hurt if he stops abruptly. Don’t let your dog poke his face out the window as he may be blown in the headwind and live.