Moving Pets

moving-pets-pictureMoving Your Pets
Pets are Family, not Luggage…
Your pets need special care and handling to get to their new home. Here are a few tips on moving them.





It is not practical to move fish in their aquarium. A gallon of water weighs eight pounds. Plan on giving the fish away and restock the aquarium when you arrive at your new home.

Smaller Animals
Hamsters, birds, mice, and such, can be transported in the family car fairly easily. Make sure they have plenty of food and water in their cages and are out of drafts or extreme temperatures. Cover cages with a cloth to keep them quiet and restful. Your vet or pet store are also valuable sources of information.

Cats and Dogs
Cats and dogs can either be shipped by air or taken along in the family car. If you are flying to your new destination, your cat or dog can ride in the baggage compartment. Your pet will need a health certificate from your vet. Call the airline in advance to find out about special boxes they may have. If you are going to make a container for it, make sure it complies with the airline’s regulations. It is a good idea to put a piece of clothing with your scent on it in the animal’s box so it will feel more at home. If you aren’t flying with your pet, but are having it shipped by air, make sure someone is on the other end to pick it up at the airport and take care of it until you arrive. The easiest way is to let a kennel do it for you. Many kennels can take the pet several days before you move (keeping it out of your way), or take it to the airport and arrange to have a kennel on the other end pick it up and care for it until you arrive.

Think twice about taking your dog or cat with you on a long, cross-county trip. Not only can animals get carsick, but being cooped up in a car all day can make them nervous and upset. They must be fed and have plenty to drink (make sure you take along their water dish), they have to make rest stops, and they must be on a leash for those times when the car door is open. Some motels and hotels don’t allow pets: others have special facilities for handling travelers’ pets. Call in advance and check out the available literature on hotels along your route. National chains usually publish such information.

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