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Relocation With A Cat, Rabbit, Hamster Or Guinea Pig

If you are relocating, and you have a cat, a rabbit, a hamster or a guinea pig. Moving out with a pet presents some additional challenges.

Relocating with a cat
Cats are extremely sensitive and tend to react fearful and stressful at the confusion, noise, mess and the overall chaos of relocation. The best course of action would be to just spare the cat all the stress and accommodate it at the home of a family member or a friend. Bring it back only after the most part of the moving in is done.

But if your cat has to stay with you the entire time, find a pet transportation box. Cover the bottom of the box with a soft cloth. Then put some water and cat's food in a bowl inside. Best you have the cat's own cloth and bowls, because it is familiar to their smell and appearance. Then put the cat, with a toy it prefers, in the box and close it. Place the transportation box at a calm and quiet corner, away from direct sunshine. If you have a bad case of cat's anger, consult your vet, and give the cat a sedative only with vet's agreement.

While you are driving to the new location, have the pet box with the cat at your side in your car. Don't leave it unsupervised, because extreme heat or cold may be very dangerous for cats. After you disembark at your new home, check on the cat, and the food and water in the box, and then find another quite place for the box.

Right after the furniture is placed, arrange the place where the cat is going to sleep. Then let the cat out of the box. Don't forget to close all the doors and windows first! Now your cat can explore the new residence by itself. If you usually do that, take the cat for a walk on the next few days, but always keep the cat on a leash.

Warning: The cat should not leave the residence by itself for at least three weeks! In that time it adjusts to its new area, and only after it has adjusted, it can be left to go out without running away. Now it knows its new home and will go back to it.

Relocating with a rabbit, hamster or guinea pig
Rabbits, hamsters and guinea pigs can be easily transported in a pet transportation box or a cage. Pay attention on the water and food in there. Leave the box or cage at a quiet place until it is time to leave. Then take it with you in the car you are driving. Don't leave the box or cage with the pet unsupervised! You don't want your friend being lost or just misplaced.

After you arrive at your new home, make sure the box or cage with the pet is the first thing you get out of the car and in the residence. Put it in a quiet place away from direct sunlight. As soon as most of the moving in is done, arrange the new corner of the pet and put it there.

A few words for closure: Minimizing the noise and chaos during the entire process of relocation for your pet's sake is also going to do miracles for your peace and quiet. And that will most likely contribute to the smooth passing of your move.


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