Moving with Pets and Plants


Our pets often face the same anxiety and stress that we do when moving. Making them feel comfortable with their new environment can be tough and/or tricky. Here are some tips to help make the entire family’s experience a good one -including your pets.

Our pets are expected to quickly get used to a new home, neighbourhood, unfamiliar sounds and strange people. Often times moving can mean new climate, food or water -this also takes some getting used to.

A good idea, although it may seem cruel, is to keep your pets confined for a few days -even a few weeks. This will help them get familiar with the new home and gets them used to the fact that this is where everyone will be living now. This tip is especially true to cats as they should be supervised for several weeks to ensure they know their home -specifically if they are outdoor cats.

To ensure that your pets feel safe and secure use familiar food and water dishes, your pet’s bed and blanket and toys. Another great tip is to put your pets things in similar spots as they were in the old home. For example: put the water dish next to the fridge in the kitchen (if that’s where it was in your old home).

Birds can be kept in a quiet room until they are comfortable and where they will be undisturbed until they become used to their surroundings. Other small pets like hamsters, rabbits and fish usually have few to no adjustment problems.


Moving with your houseplants can be tricky and hazardous to their health.

If you have plants and are planning to move, you have three options: give them away (or leave them at the old house), compost them or take them with you

If you can’t part with your plants not to worry, The National Gardening Association has some great advice:

Flying?:  If you’re shipping your belongings by plane, your first step should be to contact the airline. Most airlines have strict regulations on transporting plant life. The airline will tell you what can and can’t fly, and how they should be packaged. Another important phone call to consider is to the Department of Agriculture, in the area that you are moving to. Some provinces and states forbid the importation of plants. This is to prevent the spread of pests (harmful insects) and agricultural diseases.

Driving?: Make sure your plants are in non breakable pots. When transporting from one pot to the other ensure you do not damage the roots. Place the plants in a secure vehicle and drive carefully to ensure plants do not fall over. Always remember to keep your plants watered (especially if it’s a long trip). You can loosely wrap leaves and stems in burlap to help protect them on their journey

With a little special attention, your pets and plants will soon continue to grow, flourish and thrive in their new home.

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