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Moving with Pets

Making your pets comfortable in your new home!

Pets need some time to acclimatize in a new place. Even adults take a while to adjust despite being the ones taking the decision and planning every aspect of the move. Pets do not have a say and the whole moving exercise is a surprise for them. It is natural for pets to wander off. Dogs and especially cats have a tendency to run away in an attempt to find their previous home. Fortunately, there are ways you can help your pets to get familiar with the new setting.

Pets should be exposed to a completely different setting instantly. The process should be phased. Limit the access of your pets to the safe confines of the house. Do not let them wander. Don’t take them outside in the first few days. The neighborhood is alien to them, there will be sounds that the pets are unfamiliar with and even postal carriers will be strangers. Pets often have trouble with different water. If you are moving from one region to another, the new climate may pose a set of challenges. You have to prepare for all such eventualities.

Try to recreate the familiar setting inside the house that your pet is comfortable with. Their room or designated areas should look and feel the same. Do not change their bedding, let them have the same old blanket, the familiar toys should be around and their water dish should be at the same place it was in the previous house, could be the backdoor or the kitchen. Cats and dogs should be kept inside the house for a few days till they become comfortable. Birds should be kept in the quietest room of the new house.

Small pets, such as rabbits and hamsters, are more adaptable. They do not have many adjustment issues but they may not respond well to the water. Fishes also need to have the same water they are accustomed with. Get the water at a new place tested to be sure. You need a few weeks before your pets understand this is their new place and that you along with other family members are not going anywhere, leaving them in a strange house.

Moving with Plants

Moving your houseplants can be hazardous to their health.

Many families give their plants away to neighbors, friends and relatives before moving. Some families simply throw their plants away. A few families cannot think of moving without their prized houseplants. It is necessary to have a plan as moving with plants is challenging.

Going Airborne?

Airlines have stringent rules pertaining to transportation of plants. You should consult with your chosen airline. They will tell you which plants can be transported and the species you cannot take along. They will also have packaging requirements. You must adhere to these regulations. Else, your plants may be seized, quarantined and possibly destroyed, especially if they are carriers of pests, insects or agricultural diseases. You may also contact Department of Agriculture to know if you can import the plants you have to the region you are moving to. You cannot move all kinds of plants to every state and province.

Hitting the Highway?

You may ship your plants by truck or car. There are special containers for such transportation. You need plastic pots as terracotta pots are fragile. You must transplant carefully to not damage the roots. The pots should be sterilized during transplanting. You must be careful with replanting as well. Do not use old soil that may be infested with bacteria, bugs and harmful microbes.

Whether you are airborne or take the highway, the plants should be hydrated throughout the journey. They will not have access to ground water or moisture from the environment. Plants can dry up and some species may die in transit. You should wrap soil tops using sphagnum moss. You can use some favorable wrapping for the plants to protect the stems and leaves. Use loose wrapping so you do not break the shoots.

If you cannot plan moving with whole plants, you can take cuttings. Handling and transporting cuttings is easier than moving with fully grown plants. You can replant the cuttings and expect them to develop the roots at your new place in around three to four weeks.