(Best of the Web) Moving with Pets: Helpful Tips For a Successful Relocation


It’s not as simple as packing up their stuff and putting them in your car. There’s a lot of details you need to plan for.

Whether you’re moving across town or the country, moving — and all it entails — is stressful. If you’re moving with pets, not only do you have to manage and navigate your stress, but you need to make sure you’re helping your beloved pet deal with the stress of the move, too.

Pets are sensitive to human stress, so if you’re sweating your move, chances are Fido is feeling it, too. The more prepared you are for handling your move with pets, the better off you and your pet will be. By taking early actions to plan your move and factoring in your pet and their unique needs, you can set yourself up for moving day success.

The ultimate goal when moving with pets is keeping your pet safe. So, whether you have a school of fish in a giant aquarium, a small snake or your 11-year-old cat, here are ways for moving with pets that will keep both you and your pet safe and stress-free during this transitionary time.

Planning is the key to moving with pets

The last thing you want during your move is a last-minute surprise, so plan your moving day as far out as possible. Since you’ll have so much to pack and plan for, putting together a comprehensive plan for moving with pets may slip your mind.

Here’s how to get the ball rolling and help you move your pets with ease.

Decide how you’re getting to your new home

Figuring out how you’re getting to your final destination is important, especially if you’re moving across the country. You’ll need to decide if it makes sense to fly or drive to your new space. But before you make up your mind, take into consideration what’s best for your pet.

Moving long-distance? You will need to decide to fly or drive to your new home. Check airline pet policies for any specifics regarding your pet if you plan to fly. If the driving distance is four hours or less, plan to drive.

If the driving distance is longer than that but your pet has medical needs, driving remains the best option. Also, for any long-distance traveling with your pets, plan for bathroom breaks and pet-friendly accommodations.

If you’re moving nearby your current location, decide if you’re hiring a moving company or planning to DIY with a U-Haul and some friends. Once you select a moving company, make sure to let the company know that a pet is at the residence. While the moving company cannot move your pet for you, it’s important to go ahead and put your beloved companion on their radar.

Research state and local regulations

If you’re moving out of state or outside of your current ZIP Code, take time to research and read up on any state and local regulations as they pertain to your pet. Nearly every state has laws applicable to dogs, cats, birds and other pets like snakes, so make sure your pets comply with the laws of the state you’re moving to.

If you’re moving with pets and you need to go through a state border inspection, make sure you have all appropriate health certificates and paperwork for your animal. If you’re traveling to your new home by plane, you’ll need to show a health certificate and paperwork for your pet, too.

Pick up a travel carrier

Regardless of what kind of pet you have, you should plan to pick up a travel carrier. If you’re moving with pets like birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish, it will be way easier to remove your pet from their aquarium, cage or vivarium and transport them via a carrier.

If your pet isn’t already crate trained or used to a travel carrier, make sure you start introducing them to a travel crate as soon as you know you’re moving. Make sure your travel carrier fits with airline guidelines if you fly. If you’re traveling by car, make sure you have a harness or seatbelt to secure your pet’s crate.

Although it’s tempting to let Fido ride shotgun to your new home, don’t let any animal roam freely in the vehicle. It’s not safe for you or your pets. Keep your snakes, lizards, turtles, cats, rabbits, dogs and frogs in their travel carriers at all times.

Schedule a veterinarian appointment

Once you have a moving plan in place, make sure it includes taking your beloved pet to the veterinarian. You’ll want to make sure your pet’s health records are up to date, and if they need any inoculations or boosters, this would be an ideal time to get them.

While at the vet, ask about prescribing your pet medication to help ease their nervous system on moving day. Your vet can also go over any warning signs or unusual behaviors you should look out for as your beloved companion settles into the new environment.

Review identification tags

Make sure your pets, especially cats and dogs, have identification tags. If your indoor kitty typically doesn’t wear an identification tag, go ahead and get one made and put it on your cat before moving day.

Identification tags should include your pet’s name, your name, your phone number and your address. Since you’re relocating, go ahead and include your new address on the tag, if possible.

Pack mindfully

Your pets, especially dogs, cats and birds, will know something is up when you bring home boxes and start packing up your space. To keep your pets as stress-free as possible, set up designated packing areas in your house. Keep some rooms or areas box-free.

Additionally, stay mindful of what you’re packing. If you’re handling any cleaning supplies or materials that could harm your pets, make sure you don’t leave boxes open or in places your pet could get into.

Create a travel kit specific to your pet

Since you know your animal best, build a pet travel kit specifically for your companion. No matter what type of pet you have, make sure their health certificates go into this kit.

Here’s what else you should consider adding:

  • Pet’s regular food
  • Travel-sized or collapsable food and water dishes
  • Blanket or towel
  • Favorite toy
  • Treats
  • Extra paper towels
  • Plastic bags to clean up after your pet
  • Prescribed medication from your veterinarian
  • A leash
  • An extra bottle of water
  • Spray bottle (for pets that need to stay moist)

Move through moving day

Ready or not, moving day will arrive with a vengeance. Ideally, you have already taken care of everything that needs to get done for your move, including anything pertaining to your beloved pet.

Here are day-of tips for moving with pets:

  • Put someone in charge of your pet. Whether it’s you, a friend or hired pet sitter, appoint someone to take care of your pet’s needs for the whole day. This person needs to safely and securely keep the pet out the way and help with any needs like feeding or walking.
  • Reduce food intake for your pet by one-third the day before and the day of your move. This will help quell their stomach, whether you’re going by car or airplane.
  • If you have a prescription for calming medication from your veterinarian, administer it to your pet at least 30 minutes before your movers arrive.
  • Find a room that you can put your pet in with his crate and toys that’s separate from the chaos of movers, boxes and heavy lifting.
  • Remind movers and anyone helping you that you have a pet. Tell them where your pet is, so they can use extra caution if they need to go near the area.
  • Double-check that your pet travel kit is ready to go.
  • Make sure identification tags are on your pets.
  • Secure all crates and cages from the outside. Make sure your dog can’t easily open the door to his crate and that your boa constrictor can’t move the lid off its carrier.
  • Stay aware of the temperature outside, especially if you have pets that are sensitive to extreme heat or cold.
  • When you get to your new space, don’t let your pet roam freely right away. Section your pet off to one room, so they can get acclimated while you move in. Wait until all the movers are gone and then slowly introduce your pet to other spaces.

Help your pet settle in

It doesn’t matter if you’re a human or a pet newt, moving takes a lot out of you. Give yourself and your pet some time to settle into your new home. The more relaxed you are in your new environment, the more relaxed your pet will be.

To help your beloved pet find its footing, arrange a space exclusively for your pet to make theirs in your new home. The more this area is similarly arranged to the last place, the better. If you need to set up your frog’s vivarium, aim to recreate an environment as close to how it previously was. Animals, especially dogs and cats, will find comfort in the scent from your old place, so make sure to not wash your dog’s favorite blanket.

During this settling-in period, keep a close eye on your pet as they get used to their new space. Yes, your pet will probably experience some stress on moving day but if you notice any weird behavior or anything causing you concern, call your veterinarian immediately. Also, if you moved to a new area — go ahead and start looking for a new veterinarian practice that can help take care of your pet and all its future needs.

Home sweet home

Whether it takes a few days or a month to turn your new space into a place that feels like home, at least you’ll have your beloved pet! While daunting, moving with pets is 100 percent worth it. They’re family, after all.

(Reposted with Permission from Charlsie Niemiec of Rent.com)

Reusing and Recycling Car Parts

A car is actually made of 30,000 distinct and different parts, though you would be hard pressed to name them all. For starters there’s the headlights and the other lights, all the seats and upholstery, mirrors, engines, hubcaps and so on. We think these parts disappear when they are crushed but it’s vital as many parts as possible are recycled. More so with some parts than others. Many of these must be reused or destroyed.

Let’s look at the pieces that make the car up one by one:

The windows are difficult to recycle due to having layers of plastic.

The car battery is a problem: they are toxic and so cannot be placed in the public waste. There are various other plastic parts which are also tricky to recycle, the only thing that can be done is to grind them down.

There are small metal parts that can be melted down.

Second-hand Market

There’s no reason why the carpets and so on cannot be sold off. There’s value in selling off items such as alternators too.

Watch out for used car parts, they could be made on the cheap meaning they are worn out easily. Anything from seat belts to spark plugs could be counterfeited. The other problem is that should something go wrong it can’t be recalled. You’re having to deal with parts which are more worn than the rest of the parts, meaning you have uneven wear in the car, not a good selling point. And in the worst-case scenario they could be from a car which has been involved in an accident, even scrapped. The only thing to avoid this is to attempt to go to the best dealer as possible and don’t go for cheaper prices.

In order to get the item you require you can search by the make and model of car. Going for the actual model is important especially if the car brand produces a range of cars.

Aftermarket vs Used

You will find references to aftermarket car parts online. This may have been covered before but it simply means parts which aren’t made by the original car brand. They aren’t made with an intent to deceive. They are used as replacement parts when bits wear out or become damaged. It can mean your insurance is affected if you install aftermarket parts though.

The opposite of aftermarket parts are also known as OEM or Original Equipment Manufacturer. Even mechanics prefer the original parts as many aftermarket parts do not even fit some models. The range of parts can be confusing too, so try to go for original parts if you can.

Some of the Wackier ReUse Ideas We’ve Discovered:

A 12 volt car battery can be used as a portable lighting system or as a power source for making medium sized robots, powering an electric car, running a radio studio and so on. You will need a power inverter though which will change the battery from direct current to alternating current. Remember that all household devices work on a different voltage-the quicker the voltage the quicker the battery will be drained.

Other transformations include a car hub to a beer table, assembling tires to create an assault course or, more simply, turning them into swings. Let’s face it, it’s your car, you can do what you like with the parts!

Extroverted and Introverted car Drivers

Introverts are more apt to be more focused and zen and less likely to show a carefree attitude. They are more likely to plan where they are going and leave the house early but this may not be a universal thing – there must be some introverts who don’t want to get where they are going and leave late?

When it comes to driving, the extrovert is prone to distraction and easily get into a situation that inspire road rage. They even become dangerous behind the wheel. They could possibly answer an “important text” thus putting their life in danger.

Many introverts recharge themselves behind the wheel. Though extroverts hate driving alone, the reverse is true of an introvert, it gives them a strong feeling of peace and exhilaration. So it’s important when they’re driving to leave them be.

Another thing you may notice is that the split second decision is less likely to occur with introverted types. Accidents occur by not just attempting to make a split second decision but also trying to reverse them. An introvert will continue on the wrong path if it keeps them safe even if it seems frustrating to the passengers in the car, an extrovert less so. But if you know anything about introverts this all seems like common sense. The surprising thing is just about to be revealed.

Surprising Thing about Introverts

The surprising thing is that introverts are likely to race cars. It surprises us because they are in the spotlight, watched by thousands of cheering fans. However, they are inside a car, with a helmet on and they perform in a much more focused way. Introverts are less likely to make any major errors behind the wheel and as any sportsman knows major errors is what may cost the win or in this case, risks their lives.

Are introverts confident enough to race though? Introvert extrovert is mainly about how you recharge and how you tend to prioritise your attention. There are those who lack confidence and those who are very bold. It’s not the same skills needed to make a speech or run a company. They need to rely on their own mind when making decisions though there is a bit of feedback from the crew. They have this ability to think before they speak and have this tendency to “zone out”. This seems a shocking way to drive but it does seem to work.

Car Buying

If you are an introvert you probably don’t want to deal with that many people so try to speak to a person you spoke to before and bring a dealer along with you. Bringing a mechanic with you would help a lot.

SUV, van and truck owners tend to be more extroverted. Sports cars are bought to gain a certain status, but introverts worry about their status as well.

A sports car doesn’t suit everyone but introverts may appreciate the smooth drive. Car handling tends to be a mixture of smoothness of speed so it would figure that the more mid-range person may talk about this, also known as an ambivert.

The introvert tends to look towards comfortableness and smoothness. We don’t associate performance cars with introverts but maybe we should.

The extrovert tends to like a bit of movement and a bit of music.

Garage Care

From the U.K. Desk

Looking after the car is all very well, but consider the garage.

Not all garages are outbuildings, there are also garages which take up the whole of the ground floor with apartments on top, called garage apartments or garage loft apartments. To save you from going outside there’s a special covered walkway; a breezeway, designed for walking between the two structures. Generally speaking, it is unheated.

Garage Doors

Then there’s the main door of the garage. If it’s too loud when opened, it could do with some lubrication. Some doors have rusted up so much you can’t open or close them. Wooden garage doors are prone to becoming warped and then incapable of opening. Or the garage door opener is broken or lost.

One reason for a garage door sticking is that the tracks haven’t been cleaned for some time – a long scrub should fix that. If sticking still occurs, some kind of lubricant is needed.

Garage door repair is best left to professionals. The spring that helps compensate for the door weight can kick out with enough force to break your arm.

How we Hurt Ourselves in a Garage

It’s not exactly the safest place in the world and many things can go wrong. There are so many opportunities for slipping and falling in a garage especially if you leave equipment lying around or leave cables dangling. You should always lock tools up after use.

Many people tend to use the garage as a general outbuilding which might contain such items as rat poison, pesticides and antifreeze. It’s not a good idea to leave these items on the floor nor should they be stored in empty bottles or similar, just keep them in the original container.

Large items such as ladders could even fall onto the car if you’re not careful.

Carports

Car ports have been mentioned before, it is simply a shelter which provides open access across one or more walls. The quickness of exiting and entering is a main selling point as there is no need to pull up garage doors. A few elaborate ones have cantilever style roofs which float across the cars. You no longer have the large storage space of a garage. This doesn’t mean they don’t need maintenance. The support columns and the concrete should be inspected for damage and the roof, like all roof, will dry out and begin to leak if not maintained.

Other Uses for a Garage

This is the curious thing about garages: 60% of people don’t even use them to store cars. There is a tendency to store utility equipment in them too, such as washing machines. But it seems a waste to just use it to store these items when you could turn it into a games room or a man cave or whatever you like.

Adding a New Garage

Timber framed garages have an advantage over concrete ones in a conservation zone. They are also quick to assemble with no fuss, which must be the best selling point if you have to any kind of home construction.

Depending on its actual usage – Does it have a spare bed? Does it have a first floor? – the planning permission becomes more complicated. If you are storing a car and it’s all on one floor, no problems. You’ll need to check local codes but expect to have to install a metal post in the concrete if there are utilities or HVAC installed in the garage. Also you’ll need proper ventilation against a build up of carbon monoxide.

Conversions

Then there are those people who convert a garage to living space may encounter difficulties with load bearing walls and connecting the electricity with the rest of the house. But any self-build or self-conversion may run into difficulty. It gives you a break from thinking about maintaining the car in any case.

Climbing Cars

Can a jeep climb vertically up a cliff, say a sheer surface? A video showed one climbing up a cliff in Utah, though there are some viewers who believed it to be fake.

To perform this trick, you need considerable stunt knowledge. As it was performed in rainy conditions, reportedly this makes the job harder. It needs to be a 4×4 in order to maintain the required grip.

It’s so much easier at a smaller scale, hence the number of remote-control toys performing this type of stunt. When you scale things up you increase the numbers, but the gravity part of the equation doesn’t change.

Aerodynamics

Mini Cooper

Intuition says that rugged looking vehicles are best for a cross country adventure but aerodynamics are still vital to whichever car you choose to negotiate a mountain road. Weight, size and power all play a part. When it comes to climbing mountains, a sedan is too close to the ground for rocky areas, despite their smallness. Ironically, a compact, like the Mini Cooper, is useful as it is the right size to handle country roads and also an extensive trunk space for any mountain gear. Maybe it’s not going to dig you out of quick sand, but for the average logging road it should perform well.

How about SUVs or crossovers? Yes, they can get you up there but as with any mountain traverse it helps if you have some experience. Remember that driving on rocks and fields is much harder than driving on a road. And many SUV’s are intended to look like a mountain vehicle but suited only for the city.

Here are further cars suitable for a mountain drive – Mahindra Scorpio and Vitara Brezza.

The Mahindra has a brilliant red shade and is built for negotiating the toughest of rocky roads in all but the worst weather.

Suzuki’s Vitara Brezza has a similar scarlet colour and has enough suspension to deal with the bumps in the road as you edge towards the mountain’s peak.

Uphill Racing

Just outside Nice is the beautiful town of La Turbie, site of the first uphill race in the world, also known as speed hill climbing. The sport fell slowly out of favor in France but eventually it was revived in the 1980s. There have also been races in Austria (Gaisberg) and the UK (Harewood) and various locations in the US. There have been races as far afield as Australia, South Africa and New Zealand.

Suzuki’s Vitara Brezza

Some races use racing cars while others use a kit car to race. There are smaller races out there which use everyday cars with some of them undergoing modification. The modification may be a roll cage or a rollover protection system which will protect the driver should the vehicle overturn. Sometimes cars are protected with the ability to prevent a rollover, such as anti-lock brakes and traction control, the kind of safety system you might need when negotiating a hill, but this goes against the spirit of hilltop driving.

The smaller races are in speed-trial format with competitors having two attempts to tackle the hill.

If you wish to explore the early days of hilltop driving, including pictures of the racers themselves you can do worse than browse specialist racing magazines like, Uphill Racers. Even the UK’s Stirling Moss, linked more to Formula One racing, has taken part in the hilltop driving culture. So, hilltop drivers are in good company.