When my husband found a new job several provinces away, I knew that we needed to move as soon as possible. I rushed to find boxes, tape, and a moving truck that I could rent myself. In the excitement and rushed state of the move, I ended up breaking a computer, several antique dishes, three vases, and a recliner. The move ended up costing me several hundred extra dollars on replacement items. When my small family needed to move again, I did my research. I found out how to pack correctly and I also learned how to use pods, storage spaces, and professional movers to my advantage. Not only was this move less stressful, but it was far cheaper. Learn from my research to make sure your move is stress free. You will find tips on my blog whether you are moving a household or relocating to a dorm room.
Moving is always a challenge, and when you have a pet rabbit to move along with your non-living possessions, it becomes even more challenging. Rabbits are shy animals by nature, and moving to a new environment can be traumatic for them. Here are a few tips for making the transition as safe and easy as possible for your furry friend.
Move your bunny in its cage, if possible.
If your rabbit has a very large cage, this may not be feasible. However, if there is a way to move the cage into your car, such as laying down your back seat or sliding your front seat all of the way back to make more room on the floor, you should do it. Your bunny will feel less scared during the move if he is in the familiar cage, rather than in a cramped carrying container.
Don't put the bunny in the back of the moving truck.
Most moving companies won't transport pets, and even if yours will, you should put your bunny in the car or the front of the truck with you rather than in the moving truck, where he may get jostled around, or worse, have items fall on him. If this requires putting your bunny in a travel crate, so be it.
Don't give your bunny too much food on the day of the move.
The jostle of the car ride can upset your bunny's stomach and may cause diarrhea. This will be less of an issue if your bunny has not had a big meal right before the move. Just give him some hay in the morning, and provide a generous meal once you're settled in your new home.
Offer your bunny water every couple of hours during a long drive.
You'll want to take the water bottle out of your bunny's cage before you start driving. The motion of the vehicle causes the water to trickle out and wet the cage. If you're driving for more than an hour or two to your new home, offer your bunny water, either in a bowl or a water bottle, every couple of hours while you're on the road.
When you arrive at your new place, put your bunny in a quiet room as you or the movers unload the rest of your items. Your bunny will be scared, and keeping him away from the noise associated with moving will help him settle in more quickly. Within a few days, he'll be hopping around again happily in his new home.
For more information, contact Hendra Moving & Storage (2007) Ltd. or a similar company.Share