Moving is stressful enough for the humans involved. When you have pets, it adds an extra layer of stress and logistics for you. Unfortunately for the pet involved, they can’t be told what is going on. You can’t try to get them excited about their new space, or comfort them by telling them that all their toys will be moving to. They don’t understand, but don’t think for a second that they don’t know something is happening.
With Moose, this process has been happening for months. It seems like every day he comes out something is missing, new or rearranged.As a result he has been acting out in little ways, which honestly was to be expected. I did a little research on how to move a rabbit and most sites follow the same advice any pet site would. You want to make sure you pack their things up last and set them up first. With rabbits, it is good to leave them in their cages for a few days to acclimate them to the new environment, much like bringing them home for the first time. Then slowly introducing new areas of the house. Especially when it comes to potty training.
Moving comes with hazard for your furry little friend as well that you should keep in mind. Opening and closing doors all the time is one, even if you have a house bunny or cat or a really well trained dog, it is important to remember that this is stressful for them to. Keep them locked in a room while you move things in an out so they don’t dart outside. If you have hazards like exposed wires, paint, etc, make sure to keep your pet away from those areas. I know it sounds like a no brainer – but you would be surprised, you are in the middle of boxes and change of address forms, it is easy for them to wander into mischife
The most important thing is to try to make the transition as painless as possible for your furry baby. Whether you are moving down the road or across the country.
Our new house doesn’t have wall-to-wall carpet like our old one did. We human’s like this, but poor Moose hates the hard floors. We set him up in his new room and kept him in his cage for a day just to get use to the new house. We opened his cage and he wouldn’t go any further than the little square bit of rug we had set out for him.
In the following days as we unpacked we all tried to make him feel more comfortable, we tried picking him up and moving him to the floor, he would just freeze and not move, we tried putting treats on the floor, he wouldn’t go for them. I am hoping eventually he will get used to the floors and come out and play. For now, he seems content enough with his cage and his little patch of floor.
Some sites that I found that helped ( and one hilarious one by a blogger named Allie – who had to move her two dogs).
Again – the important thing about any move – pets or no pets – just go with it. Things are going to go wrong, stuff is going to get thrown into a box that isn’t labeled. Someone is going to get stung by a bee, or have a couch dropped on their hand. You will be sore, you will be tired, you will be hot/cold or wet. But, in the end, you will be set up in your new house, eating food you cooked in your new kitchen, and sleeping in your new bedroom. In those moments remember, it was all worth it.